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Mara! Big Band

Fri 18 Mar

A kaleidoscope of musical colours between gypsy brass and jazz big band.

The Mara! Big Band is a 12-piece ensemble that straddles the Eastern European gypsy brass band and jazz big band traditions. It is a kaleidoscope of musical colours including brass, piano accordion, percussion and voice. 

The new work is called Zashto? meaning “Why?” in Bulgarian. Exploring the experience of migration to Australia through music and featuring poetry by migrants and refugees. Sharing stories of displacement, hope, longing, despair and resignation in their journey towards a new life in Australia. The Mara! Big Band features some of the greatest names in Australian jazz and world music.

The Mara! Big Band Project is supported by Create NSW, The Australia Council For the Arts, The Australian Govt. Regional Arts Trust & Flying Arts Alliance.


Mara Kiek Voice & Percussion
Llew Kiek Bouzouki, Bağlama, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Sandy Evans Soprano & Tenor Saxophones
Paul Cutlan Clarinets & Saxophones
Lloyd Swanton Double Bass
Andrew Robson Alto & Baritone Saxophones
Sam Golding Trumpet & Tuba
James Greening Pocket Trumpet & Trombone
Gary Daley Piano Accordion
Tunji Beier Drums & Percussion
Silvia Entcheva Voice (soprano)
Jarnie Birmingham Voice (alto)

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