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.
“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.
Marilyn has a new and very exciting collaboration under the name Spirit Cave.
These 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 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.
2020 line up:
Jan Bang, live sampling
Eivind Aarset, guitar & electronics,
Marilyn Mazur, percussion & drums