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Stories and song across the world

Mara! are multi-award winning masters of world music and in constant demand all over the globe. Centred around the extraordinary voice of founder Mara Kiek, this ensemble of virtuoso musicians uses woodwinds, double bass and plucked string instruments like bouzoukis and baglamas to conjure up a unique, jazz flavoured, multicultural world of song. Students will learn songs and dances, and be given unique insights into some of the uncommon rhythms and scales that make up music from Ireland, Turkey and Bulgaria.


MARA KIEK vocals, percussion
LLEW KIEK guitars, bouzouki, ba─člama
BRENDAN CLARKE double bass
LORETTA PALMEIRO  alto and soprano saxophones
TIM CLARKSON tenor saxophone, clarinet, recorder


The educational journey through different cultures was great for students to be part of. Loved it." Silvana Ferrara – Illawarra Primary School

The Musician's Apprentice
Also available on iTunes, is an additional Mara! interactive iBook student resource for the classroom. Students are taken on a journey through the rich music and culture of Turkey, led by ARIA-award winning ensemble Mara! and based on their song Kele Meyrem. To find out more about our iBooks visit our Student Resources page.

Special offer: a classroom set of this resource is available to NSW and QLD schools free upon booking a Mara! Live Performance Plus program. 


Foundation - Year 8

Cross Curriculum Themes

Links to other learning
Environmental education, languages, drama and storytelling

Key General Capabilities
ICT competence, critical and creative thinking, literacy, numeracy



Central Queensland, QLD

Term 2 (5 - 16 June)

Wide Bay Burnett, QLD

Term 2 (5 - 16 June)

South Western Sydney, NSW

Term 2&4 (Thursdays & Fridays)

Sydney East & City, NSW

Term 3&4 (Thursdays & Fridays)

Brisbane, Logan & Gold Coast, QLD

Term 4 (30 October - 10 November)