Mara Stahl | Out of the Ashes

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Out of the Ashes

by Mara Stahl

Mara Stahl reflects on forty years of storied performance. Her rich voice resonates through this one of a kind recording of memories and myths.
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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1. Water Ways
10:56 $0.99
2. Tracking Stars, Mapping Fire
13:27 $0.99
3. On Both Sides
15:20 $0.99
4. Tree of Life
13:29 $0.99
5. Domestic Fires
14:25 $0.99
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She earns a living and shapes a life, working with story. Now Mara Stahl takes you back stage, after the performance, and tells her own story. This is something new, neither a recorded performance nor a book on tape. Her warm voice invites you to hear the story behind the stories.


“Mara Stahl’s work re-unites the earliest forms of poetry and drama. She returns us to a view of the universe in which we see ourselves not as detached and 'superior’ humans, but as an integral part of a majestic whole which includes the mythological, the transcendent, and the utterly real.”

Sam Hamill, poet and translator

“Mara Stahl is a theater artist whose tools are masks and myth. Whether at the Portland Art Museum or in an Eskimo village, her widely traveled performances emphasize the universal qualities in experience which transcend time and culture. She is a complete theater artist, collecting stories from world mythologies, reshaping them into her voice.

She brings thirty years of theater experience, including two seasons with the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, to her performances in storytelling. One quickly gets the impression that she has found her niche, that the entire long process that precedes each deceptively easy-going performance is a labor without which she would be lost.

Her radiance on stage and in person says as much as does her sense of humor. She brings to all cultures those elements which are universal, elemental, and the very atoms of our existence.”

Charles Deemer, playwright and critic, Northwest Magazine

“She tells tales grown in the stillness of night, on the endless rocking of the sea, out of the dance of fire in faraway lands.”

Ken Gerner, poet

“To say that Mara Stahl knows how to tell a story is to say that George Gershwin knew how to write songs.”

Katie Bergin, Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum

“Mara Stahl takes care of story as other people take care of the earth. Her masks and language evoke the relationships that exist between living things, and induce wonder. To be near her stories is to know a state of health, to feel cleansed.”

Barry Lopez, writer

"The voice she finds can be startlingly, musically poetic. What Stahl does with words is wondrously energetic, stretching syllables like taffy, rotating rhythms like a jazz drummer, hammering the ends of words with ringing “B’s” or “D’s”. Her voice is like a trombone, or a foghorn sounding muffled out of the unknown.”

Bob Hicks, The Oregonian

The elegant and unadorned recording is by Jeremy Bowker. The narration is written and spoken by Mara Stahl. The listening is by you, audience.



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J. Patrick McNamara

The writing is gorgeous, a lush prosetry tapestry. And the delivery is sublime, lilting and delicately articulated.

Gail LeBow

If I could bring only one thing to a desert island
If I could bring only one thing with me to a desert island it would be Mara's CD, Out of the Ashes. The incredible clarity of Mara's voice brings her right beside me. The stories make the world come alive, a cascading of ideas and richness of sensory awareness unlock new thoughts and old memories and make me more alive to the world and all its wonders. I have a symphony of thoughts and stories swirling in my mind and look forward to playing the original again and again.

Jean Bucciarelli

Soothing and stimulating for the heart and mind!
Mara's marvelous voice telling her ancient and modern stories is both soothing and stimulating to the heart and mind of the listener. It's easy to see old, young and middle-aged people sitting in a cozy circle--absolutely enthralled with this CD treasure from Mara Stahl.

Denise Sirchie

A tapestry of words woven by the goddess of voice and wisdom.
Enjoy the richness of voice, the life Mara breathes into words, and get ready for an outrageous journey into the spirit and soul of a truly talented artist. The height of passion from which she writes is complemented with the velvet flow of her experienced vocals. Such a union had to be created somewhere very extraordinary in this universe. Listen....... again and again.