Marilyn Mazur's shamania

Marilyn Mazur' Shamania

Press Release and Credits  (pdf)

01 New SecretMarilyn Mazur
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03 CHAASMarilyn Mazur
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04 Old MelodyMarilyn Mazur
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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 many large festivals in Europe since then. 

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.
Shamania recorded an album in 2017, which was released on RareNoiseRec. in February 2019.


Lotte Anker - sax (DK)
Josefine Cronholm – vocal & perc (SE/DK)
Sissel Vera Pettersen - sax & vocal (NO)
Hildegunn Øiseth - trumpet & goat horn (NO)
Lis Wessberg - trombone (DK) 
Makiko Hirabayashi - keyboards (Japan/DK)
Ellen Andrea Wang - bass (NO)
Anna Lund - drums (SE)
Lisbeth Diers - percussion (DK)
Marilyn Mazur - composer/leader, percussion & kalimba (DK)

On July 8th 2015, Marilyn presented for the first time her new orchestra Marilyn Mazur’s Shamania at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. This is a world-jazz orchestra/music theatre with ten strong female Scandinavian musicians. The idea for this project developed out of Marilyns former music theatre group Primi Band. For Shamania, Marilyn has created lots of new music and visions: Images and colors are transformed into structures, mood-sequences, complex drum pieces and multi-voiced figurations. All this is interpreted by this organic, cacophonous and wild-growing female collective which creates an outburst of energy and movement which is visualized in selected concerts by the collaboration with the Norwegian dancer Tine Erica Aspaas. A few of the old Primi Band’s compositions are played by Marilyn Mazur’s Shamania in updated versions.

In 2019 the first record “Shamania” has been released on Rarenoise records. The album was named album of the Month (March 2019) in Downbeat Magazine, it was listed as one one of the best albums of the year and it recently received the renowned prize “Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” in Germany.


Line Up

Marilyn Mazur - dr/perc/comp

Josefine Cronholm – voc

Hildegunn Øiseth – tp/goat horn

Sissel Vera Pettersen – voc/as

Lotte Anker – ts

Lis Wessberg – tb

Makiko Hirabayashi – p

Ellen Andrea Wang - bass

Anna Lund - dr

Lisbeth Diers - perc

(Tine Erica Aspaas - dance & choreography)