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20 March 2022

The Mara! Big Band: Zashto?

The Mara! Big Band project is the fulfilment of a long held dream of Mara Kiek, to create a bigger, bolder version of her dual ARIA award winning Mara! band, featuring the cream of Australia’s jazz and world music illuminati. To the Mara! band’s all-star line-up (Sandy Evans, Paul Cutlan, Lloyd Swanton, Llew Kiek), Mara has added former member Andrew Robson plus James Greening, Sam Golding, Gary Daley, Tunji Beier and singers Silvia Entcheva and Jarnie Birmingham.

In 2020, with support from CreateNSW, Mara commissioned 5 current and former members of the Mara! Band to compose an original suite of music for this new ensemble. The new work is called “Zashto?” meaning “Why?” and features poetry and texts by Australian migrant and refugee women, expressing their stories of displacement, hope, longing, despair and resignation in their journey towards for a dream … a new life in the ‘lucky country’.

The pandemic forced the project to be postponed in 2020, but the tour has been rescheduled to September 2021, with the Canberra premiere of the new suite “Zashto?” being presented at the Street Theatre .

“… a once in a lifetime gathering…”                  “… a killer line up…”

Read More: Zashto? - Thematic Content


Mara! Big Band line-up:

Mara Kiek - Voice and percussion

Llew Kiek - Bouzouki, bağlama, acoustic and electric guitars

Sandy Evans - Soprano and tenor saxophones

Paul Cutlan - Clarinets and saxophones

Lloyd Swanton - Double bass

Andrew Robson - Alto and baritone saxophones

Sam Golding - Trumpet, tuba

James Greening - Pocket trumpet, trombone

Gary Daley - Piano accordion

Tunji Beier - Drums and percussion

Silvia Entcheva - Voice (soprano)

Jarnie Birmingham - Voice (alto)




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Street One | Reserved | With COVID 19 restrictions being lifted Street One is now being sold at 100% Capacity.

As physical distancing will not be possible, patrons who feel uncomfortable may wish to reconsider their attendance.

While mask wearing is not mandatory in this setting the ACT GOVT is recommending mask wearing when in public indoor gatherings.

The CBR check in app must be used by all patrons on arrival.

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More information

The Street Presents
The Mara! Big Band

Sunday 20 March 7:00PM

This live music program is supported by the ACT Government through their Amp it Up ! Initiative

Standard: $42
Concession: $37
Student: $29



15 Childers St,

City West ACT 2601

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Monday - Friday

10am - 1pm


Also opens

1.5 hours prior

to performance.


02 6247 1223
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