Madamamwe

madamamwe

Music and performance group

The Catalan singer Laura Martí i Casas and the Norwegian accordion player Andreas Strand Renberg met in a Swiss theatre school where they began playing music together.

After some years apart, both working with theatre and circus, touring the world, they decided to meet again and form a band together. Madamamwe was founded.

In 2015 and 2016 Madamamwe traveled to Haiti in search of musical treasures, as inspiration to create new music. The result is characterized by long nights of vodou ceremonies, musical meetings with fishermen, former presidents, local rockstars and the subculture of Port-au-Prince.

Even though the music was created in Haiti, the album was recorded by a group of many nationalities, and therefore has a wide range of cultural influences, including west african, caribbean and flamenco. The style extends from traditional to modern world music mixing traditional and modern instruments.

More than just an ordinary band, Madamamwe is a platform welcoming various instrumentalists and musicians in spontaneous ways and a variety of places. In this way the repertoire is continually enriched by the differing interpretations each new artist brings.

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Laura Marti Casas

Laura was born in Barcelona. As a child she started writing poems and composing music.

She studied circus in Barcelona at Rogelio Rivel in 2003-2004, and took a Bachelor at the academy of theatre, Scuola Teatro Dimitri, in  Switzerland, 2005 - 2008.

After the school she co-founded Colletivo Spettatori, a theatre company in Switzerland (2008 - 2015) and worked as actress and musician in the czech theatre company, Divadlo Continuo (2008 - 2010).

Her way into the music scene started by working with theatre, using music as an actress. Then her interest got stronger and she started focusing more on the music it selfe. Today she is working as a freelancer doing many different projects, mostly in Europe. Among others the music project Yamadas with Raissa Aviles.

Andreas Strand Renberg

Andreas Strand Renberg was born in a small village in Norway called Hølen. He grew up doing theatre with local amateur groups, and practising accordion.

Two years in a scene school in Sweden, Vårdinge by Folkehögskole, and, as Laura, Bachelor in theatre at the Scuola Teatro Dimitri academy.

From 2008 to 2010 he worked with the oldest street theatre group in Norway, Stella Polaris, before he went on a two years travel with the circus group Zirk Mir, sailing from Greece to Haiti, performing and learning music. The project became a documentary serie called Sirkusseilerne in NRK (the norwegian broadcast) 2014.

Andreas is currently a co-producer of the performing art festival Sånafest, freelance actor, and photographer.