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TerraTara

Nelson, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Nelson, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
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"One band I would have liked to see more of was Mahzu. With a Jamaican drummer I first expected to hear Reggae but was taken by surprise when they started playing. I was immediately intrigued, they went from playing gypsy music to country and back to the middle east in 20 minutes......" - The Valley Voice


"The most energetic and fun band I saw at this festival was Mahzu, singing the most gorgeous harmonies....I'm always delighted to see women musicians rocking it out ....and switching instruments on stage, what a work out!" - Kootenay Carnival Magazine


"....floating down the Salmo river, you could hear the melodic voices of Mahzu streaming above the pumping electronic drum and bass of other stages. It was a nice refreshing moment in what I call a life-changing weekend." - The Weekender


"...taking a break from the Roots Reggae last Sunday, "Mahzu" stole the show with their dance-hall rhythm section and sultry female vocals. This band is a must see!" - The Valley Voice


"TerraTara's "Mahzu" is outstanding. The opening song, "Kootenay Kombu" sounds native and exotic, and grooves in places the human soul has known throughout the eons. It's somehow both modern and traditional, eastern and western. It makes you feel wild and earthy.

The next track, "L'ha Do Di" holds you suspended during the intro, then mezmerises with other-worldly female vocals. This song clocks in at 6:26, but the trance-like quality it possesses banishes any listening fatigue. Final song "Esperare Por Este" feels very gypsy with its romantic vocal. This music is original and unique, take a listen and indulge your shadow self." - Administration


Mahzu - "featuring some of the hottest players in western Canada" - Komasket Festival poster


Discography

"Mahzu" (2010) produced by TerraTara. This cd is available at
www.cdbaby.com/cd/TerraTara

Also available on iTunes and Amazon.

"Imbolc" (2002) is available from the artist herself.

TerraTara is featured on the track "Gayatri Mantra" on the album "Fusion" (2005) by Adham Shaike.

Her song "Listen to the Waves" is on "Water For Life" (2001) and "Om Mata" is on "Sound Vibes" (2007), both Kootenay compilation CD's.

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Bio

TerraTara is a rootsy musician based out of Nelson, B.C. She formed the band "Mahzu" in the summer of 2006 as an all girl trio with melodic harmonies accompanied by mandolin and accordion. Influenced by her love of reggae music, she is backed by a Jamaican reggae drummer and some tracks on her new album feature her own style of dance-hall bass. After a few glasses of homemade wine, TerraTara realized the word “Mahzu” described the essence of the music, deciding to transfer the name “Mahzu” from the band’s name to the album title.

This female fronted raw acoustic group delights audiences with music from another time, familiar yet new. Featuring the lead vocals of TerraTara, she also plays rhythm and melody on the guitar and mandolin. TerraTara records and performs with Catherine McGrath(CmG), an accordion great who has her own traditional band, Heavy Shtetl, teaches music, and hosts the Kootenay Co-op Radio show, “Mad for Trad.” A talented multi-instrumentalist, CmG plays accordion, mandolin, banjo, and guitar with ease. TerraTara and CmG switch instruments and genres almost every song.

As well as playing traditional music, TerraTara writes and performs her own original material. TerraTara's unique vocal style contains elements of folk, gypsy, blues and world music. Her dynamic stage presence and versatility entertain audiences of all types.

TerraTara has performed at many B.C. summer folk festivals such as Shambala Music Festival, Koots Roots Culture Fest, Komasket Music Fest, Starbelly Jam, Robson Valley Music Festival, Littlefest, Revelstoke Roots and Blues, Fernie Fest, Sinixt Barter Faire, & Slocan Valley Solstice Celebration, as well as many local Nelson bars, cafes, restaurants and outdoor markets.

This fun upbeat music makes you laugh and dance, and reminds us that tradition has no borders.