Projects

Throughout the course of their musical lives, the members of Mamás Bravas have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life. Performing at venues all over the globe and making countless public appearances. This Melbourne-born ensemble is one of a kind, and is swiftly earning the admiration and affection of critics and fans alike. Get in touch if you would like to support us and to learn more about our expertise, repertoire and for booking enquiries.

Tierra Incógnita

In 1606, Galician-Portuguese navigator, Luís Vaz de Torres, was one of the first European explorers to encounter our ancient land, entering the straights between Australia and Papua New Guinea which are today named in his honour as the Torres Strait.

This project will be an exercise of the imagination—a dialogue between musical styles and cultures, delving into the imaginary sound world of that first encounter in 1606—working with Indigenous Australian artists and Aboriginal communities to bring about deeper understanding and respect.

 

 

If you would be interested in supporting the development of this programme, please contact us here. We would be thrilled to discuss our plans with you.

Bravas on Bourke St

Parer’s Crystal Café & Hotel

In this programme, Mamás Bravas evokes the sounds of 19th Century Melbourne at the Parer Brothers' opulent Crystal Café and Hotel on Bourke Street; the home of Melbourne's first Spanish Restaurant.

 

Built in 1886, Parer’s Crystal Café & Hotel was a splendid multi-storey building constructed in Bourke St. It featured lavishly furnished dining rooms, a saloon, a café, clubrooms and billiard rooms, filled with music. The hotel, built by three brothers—Juan, Felipe and Estevan Parer—who had left their native Catalonia in the 1850’s, was one of thirteen hotels owned by the family, many of which were in Bourke Street.

 

“It’s wealth of mirrors so fantastically arranged, its tessellated floor, glittering tables, refreshing fountains and artistic draperies, remind one of the magnificent structures of a similar kind which grace the capitals of Europe and America.” (Leavitt’s Guide)

If you would be interested in supporting the development of this programme, please contact us here. We would be thrilled to discuss our plans with you.

¡Venga!

During the eighteenth century, Spain rebelled against the operatic boom of France and Italy, giving their attentions instead to Spanish music-theatre, embodying deep ties to folk and Gitano (gypsy) culture through hybrid entertainment and celebration without regard for social class. The old, young, rich and poor spilled out into the streets, ready to dance their beloved fandango!

 

Through blazing fires and the collapse of empires this astonishing music has survived. This project will present it to Australia for the first time with an extraordinary ensemble and our creative team of experts from the USA, Spain, France and Australia.

If you would be interested in supporting the development of this programme, please contact us here. We would be thrilled to discuss our plans with you.

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