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Marilyn Mazur Shamania https://is.gd/SEhdLy


Kjell Kalleklev Management AS
Georgernes Verft 12, N-5011 Bergen Norway
Org.nr. 995637774, tlf:+4795749219
martin@kalleklev.no www.kalleklev.no

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Marilyn is known for her extensive work with i.e. Miles Davis and Jan Garbarek, she has played with a vast number of great musicians and in most of the world, but has focused more and more on being the powercenter in her own projects and also composing for choirs and various other settings.She is presently also working with i.e. her 11-piece scandinavian female group Shamania, and collaborates with Palle Mikkelborg, Anders Jormin, Nils Petter Molvær, Bugge Wesseltoft and Jan Bang and many others.

Some of Marilyn’s many highlights: receiving the Jazzpar Prize in 2001, which involved her creating a special 14-piece orchestra for concerts and the CD All the Birds, releasing her solo-CD for ECM 2008 with Jan Garbarek ELIXIR, being Artist in Residence at Molde Jazzfestival 2008, where she created, composed for and played with 6 different concert-constellations, receiving Eurocore JTI Jazz Award in 2010, being nominated as Percussionist of the Year by Jazz Journalists Association 2012, becoming a member of the Royal Swedish Academy ofMusic in 2016


Marilyn has a new and very exciting collaboration under the name Spirit Cave.

These 4 musicians play together in a very open form, communicating on the spot with their groovy and spacy sound-scapes, creating sensual and surprising music.
All 4 have their own active projects, and they have also played together in many different constellations during the past 20 years, among others Marilyn’s Future Song. 
Now they have created this open and collective project to continue their musical meetings.



The group consists of:

Jan Bang, live sampling
Eivind Aarset, guitar & electronics,
Marilyn Mazur, percussion & drums
Nils Petter Molvær, trumpet & electronics.



Marilyn Mazur’s SHAMANIA

Percussionist/composer Marilyn Mazur now presents her new large orchestra, in which she gathered 10 strong female scandinavian music profiles plus the norwegian dancer Tine Erica Aspaas. SHAMANIA started when Copenhagen Jazzfestival suggested to Mazur to revive her old music theatre group Primi Band (from the 80’ies, with i.e. Lotte Anker). Marilyn loved the idea of creating a new large group with some of the fantastic female musicians of today and to present a totally fresh version of the ideas from Primi: a ritual, organic, cacophonic and wildgrowing female community around primitive force/voices/rhythm/good energy and movement. Time seems highly ripe for this new Mazur-worldjazz-project, which is something really special both musically and visually. Shamania had it’s first performance july 8th 2015 at the Copenhagen Jazzfestival, and played several large festivals in Europe in 2016 and 2017. Marilyn has created lots of new music and visions for the band. Images and colors transformed into structures and compositions, mood sequences and improvisations; new complex drum pieces and multi-voiced figurations. A few of the old Primi Band’s compositions are played here in updated versions.

SHAMANIA is a danish-based orchestra/music theatre with musicians from Denmark, Sweden and Norway, - a mixture of both Marilyn’s close musician-friends and all new acquaintances like i.e. the norwegian dancer Tine Aspaas, who adds an extra exciting dimension to the visual expression. The Project has received support from Danish Arts Council and other organisations. Shaman recorded in may 2017, and plan to release an album later this year.

Lotte Anker, sax (DK)
Josefine Cronholm, vocal and perc. (SE/DK)
Sissel Vera, sax and vocal (NO/DK)
Hildegunn Øiseth, tp (NO)
Lis Wessberg, trb (DK)
Makiko Hirabayashi, keyboards (DK/Japan)
Ellen Andrea Wang, bas and vocal (NO)
Anna Lund, drums (SE)
Lisbeth Diers, perc. (DK)
Marilyn Mazur, composition/leader, perc. (DK)
Tine Erica Aspaas (dance/choreography, NO)


 “New Secret” opens the album with the insistent, rhythmic chanting of an invocation. The cyclic piece is built on one of the core elements that Mazur has carried forward from Primi Band, which she calls “Primi ostinatos.” These small, repeated sonic units were inspired by the minimalist composers of the 1970s, game-changing pioneers like Philip Glass, Mike Oldfield and Steve Reich. Mazur put her own spin on that lineage, however, imbuing these repetitions with a more vigorous momentum, her rhythmic impulses in conflict with the minimalists’ inherently static compositions.

 “Rytmeritual” and the later “Kalimbaprimis” are also made up of these ostinatos, in this case two variations on the same melody and repeated figures. Both pieces reveal Mazur’s deeply personal absorption and reinterpretation of diverse musical cultures and traditions, emerging with hints of Indonesian gamelan and African folk traditions. Mazur insists that these globe-spanning accents are unintentional, arising organically from her expansive tastes rather than any attempt at some kind of world music fusion. “I listen to a lot of different music, and of course it influences me and becomes part of my subconscious musical language,” she says. “But I write more by having visions and dreams and putting them into the music. The tribal feeling of the music in Shamania might draw parallels to gamelan music, to African music, to Indian music. But it’s not a conscious choice to use those musical languages.”

 “CHAAS” is one of several pieces drawn from the Primi Band repertoire. This piece takes its name from the Danish notation for the four notes of the basic melody – in English, these would be C, B natural, A, and A flat. The origins of the self-explanatory “Old Melody” may date even further back – Mazur says the tune has been around so long she can’t remember when she conceived it originally – but it has remained on the shelf until now, unused but memorable enough to emerge decades later to find its proper place in this group.

 “Fragments” is a free improvisation ripple effect, with each member of the ensemble contributing a brief exclamation, which is responded to and carried forward by the next artist in line. It’s something of a functional piece on the bandstand, serving to introduce each member of the band in turn through their own musical voice. “Space Entry Dance” enjoys a similar position, its African-inspired melody used to usher the musicians and dancer onstage during live performances; here, it closes the album on a thrilling, upbeat note.

 “Time Ritual” is another compositions conceived for the live stage, usually a showcase for Aspaas, with the musicians reacting in real time to the dancer’s improvised movements. In the studio, without the dancer present, it’s transformed into a sonic sculpture, built on the hypnotic rhythms of human breath.

“Crawl Out & Shine,” with its celebratory, sinuous melody, is the sole piece on the album with lyrics. It was written after Mazur won the prestigious JAZZPAR Prize in 2001, and entreats the audience to join in the band’s communal spirit, to enjoy life and music together with the musicians. “Behind Clouds” is a landscape rendered in percussion, a solo improvisation by Mazur that strives to illustrate the diverse colors of light streaming through the clouds as the sun sets over the ocean.

 “Shabalasa” combines the name of Shamania with the balafon from Mali, which Mazur plays with unbridled joy. “Heartshaped Moon,” like the majority of the album, was composed specifically for Shamania, reflecting on the powers of the moon and its echo in the female cycle. Vera’s ferocious vocal improvisations, engaged in a back and forth with Diers’ tribal percussion, gives the feel of a frenzied primitive ceremony to “Surrealistic Adventure.” 

The two brief pieces titled “Momamajobas” were written for Mazur’s duet performance with pianist Jon Balke at the 2008 Moldejazz Festival, its name a combination of MOlde, MArilyn MAzur, and JOn BAlke. They bookend a dialogue between the percussionist and Anker called “Talk for 2. ”Shamania is the latest stunning venture in a consistently intrepid career. Since she emerged on the Danish scene in the mid 1970s with Primi Band and the fusion group Six Winds, Mazur has been an invariably original percussionist and composer. She toured the world with Miles Davis as well as the Gil Evans Orchestra and the Wayne Shorter Quintet in the 1980s, before returning to her own visionary music with the 7-piece international orchestra Future Song, then later with the Marilyn Mazur Group, Celestial Circle and Mystic Family, among other ground-breaking ensembles. At the same time she spent more than a decade touring and recording with Norwegian sax giant Jan Garbarek.





plays warm and communicating music, intense and melodic, fulfilling Marilyn’s multicolored original compositions and imaginative poetic visions with lots of spontaneous
energy. Inside her large percussion installations, Marilyn weaves exciting patterns of beautiful sounds and mystic grooves. In this Copenhagen-based group, Marilyn has gathered some of her closest musical friends, all very creative individualists, that have worked together for a long time :

saxophonist Fredrik Lundin (DK)
guitarist Krister Jonsson (Sweden)
bassplayer Klavs Hovman (DK)

Together these 4 musicians invite the listener in for an adventure, with both physical and
spiritual qualities to explore.




This strong trio-format with Marilyn, Krister and Josefine has existed for many years. Marilyn has been working closely with the 2 other musicians - in several different constellations - ever since they met for the first time in year 2000, as part of a cultural celebration-project for the opening of the bridge from Denmark to Sweden. For that occasion Marilyn wrote a commissioned concert for a swedish/danish collaboration. In 2014 the trio finally released their richly faceted and nature-inspired music on the CD “Flamingo Sky”. The trio’s music is mostly written by MM, but all 3 contribute with words and music, and the expression is imaginative and collective. Poetic music with a strong rhythmic and energetic element.


Josefine Cronholm, swedish singer, living in Copenhagen, educated at Rhythmic Conservatory. Josefine was a member of Marilyn Mazur’s Celestial Circle and Percussion Paradise and now a part of Shamania. She also played and recorded with Django Bates, Pierre Dørge’s New Jungle Orch. and Steen Rasmussens brasilian Quinteto. She has released 3 CD’s in her own name, most recently “Songs of the Falling Feather” on the german ACT label With her beautiful voice and strong musical versatility she is invited into many projects as a soloist.

Guitarist Krister Jonsson lives in Malmø, Sweden.
He is a very popular og flexible musician with an all-embracing musical spectrum. He has played with Offpiste Gurus, Marilyn Mazur Group, Viktoria Tolstoy, Hanne Boel, Bo Stief
and many others in Sweden, Denmark and further away. With his own trio, he has released “Truckload Deluxe” (2014, with Svante Henryson, Dan Berglund and Peter Danemo) and “Waiting for Antonesjka”, which was also performed together with Tromsø Kammerorkester in 2012.








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Past bookings


Brandbu, Norge


Kongsberg, Norge



Oslo, Norge

Victoria/Nasjonal Jazzscene


Trondheim, Norge



Reykjavik, Island

Grand Hotel


Smida, comuna Belis, Romania

Smida Jazz Festival


München, Germany

Wolf-Ferrari-Haus Ottobrunn


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