Mara Aranda
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Mara Aranda


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Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Sephardic Legacy Album 2013
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Lo Testament Album 2013
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Abuab-Al Andaluz/Live in Munich Album 2011
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Al-Andaluz Project -"Al Maraya" Album 2010
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Mara Aranda&Solatge - "Dèria" Album 2009
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Al Andaluz project - "Deus et diabolus" Album 2007
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Aman Aman - "Música i cants sefardís d´Orient i Occident" Album 2006
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder L'Ham de Foc - "Cor de Porc" Album 2005
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder L'Ham de Foc - "Cançó de dona i home" Album 2002
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder L'ham de foc - "U" Album 1999
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Cendraires - "Cendraires" Album 1998
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Mara Aranda - Mare Vostrum- Album 2015
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Mara Aranda: the undisputed voice of the Mediterranean Rising to fame after the group L'Ham de Foc's success, she has become one of the most highly acclaimed names on the 21st Century Spanish music scene.

Since 1995 she has toured many parts of the world, performing across Europe, in Morocco and in China, a broad repertoire of traditional song, Sephardic music and original compositions.

For two decades she has researched and sung Turkish, Greek and Occitan music; early, mediaeval and Sephardic song. Her legacy to date includes some 20 albums, much-deserved music awards, and praise from the public and the critics alike.

Mara has worked with such well-known groups as Speculum Ensemble, Oni Wytars and Ensemble Unicorn. Of particular note is her recent work with the group Capella de Ministrers, and their joint albums Els Viatges de Tirant lo Blanch, El Ciclo de la Vida, La Cité des Dames, and her latest Judeo-Spanish production, recorded live at the Palau de la Musica in Valencia, and due to be released in the fall of 2014, La Música Encerrada: Sefarad.

Mara Aranda’s work revolves around the Mediterranean tradition; she has brought a language and beliefs to the world. Never was this more true than with the release of the album Deria (Gallileo-mc, 2009): Ufi’s Independent Music Awards Best World Music Album 2009, and voted Best Album on Catalan Radio’s Hidrògen programme. It was also the most noted Spanish World Music production of 2009; in the World Music Charts Europe Top Ten for four straight months; and the only Spanish group to be mentioned in the Charts’ annual line up. On top of all that, the album was voted Ovidi Montllor Awards Best Folk Album 2009 as well as being nominated for the best lyrics and best arrangement categories.

Her second album Lo Testament (Bureo Musiques, 2013) is just as convincing as Deria, winning the award Best Folk Album 2013, again from COM and with Mare Vostrum (picap,2015).

These last 25 years have seen Mara Aranda perform in venues spanning half a world. To mark this important milestone in her career, 2015 was released Mare Vostrum (picap, 2015) winning again the award for the best Folk Album on 2015.

On 2017 is released 'Sefarad en el corazón de Marruecos'. After three previous albums Mara Aranda again returns to the traditional repertoire of the Spanish Jews in the diaspora: "Música i cants sefardís d'Orient i Occident" (Galileo-mc, 2009), "Sephardic Legacy" (Bureo Músiques 2013) as well as "La música encerrada", recorded together with Capella de Ministrers (2014), were all dedicated to this tradition. Her research work has taken her to Thessaloniki (Greece), Istanbul (Turkey) and Jerusalem (Israel), prior to the recording of these works, to gather information from original sources and to complete the musical repertoire that can not be understood disconnected from its historical and cultural context.

This musical repertoire attracts different types of researchers: anthropologists, musicologists and ethnomusicologists, linguists, novelists, journalists or historians, the public in general ... especially since the nineteenth century when the Sephardic culture was rediscovered almost accidentally, and because of its immeasurable richness became a patrimonial value of mankind.