The Marais Project

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SUPERB LISTENING: ELYSIAN FIELDS’ DEBUT CD

The release of WHAT SHOULD I SAY, by Elysian Fields, Australia’s only electric viola da gamba band, heralds the creation of a new and unique musical voice.

Elysian Fields is the brainchild of viola da gambist, Jenny Eriksson, and leading jazz musicians, Matt Keegan, saxophones, and Matt McMahon, piano.

The album takes its name from the central piece, a remarkable new song cycle by pianist and band member, Matt McMahon,
which sets four poems by Thomas Wyatt – courtier and lyric 16th century poet at the court of King Henry VIII – reputed lover of Queen Anne Boleyn, to music. Also featured is ‘Elysium’, an epic work by Matt Keegan and an original chart by bassist, Siebe Pogson. Continue reading SUPERB LISTENING: ELYSIAN FIELDS’ DEBUT CD

THE MARAIS PROJECT : A BASS AFFAIR @ SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC

Above: Soprano Josie Ryan and Tommie Andersson – lutes, baroque guitar and theorbo.                     Featured image : Jennifer Eriksson, viola da gamba and Tim Blomfield, bass violin.

Any concert event from The Marais Project is joyous as well as being a richly educational and diverse entertainment. ‘A Bass Affair’ at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music celebrated this tradition and historically informed performance goals. Gambist Jennifer Eriksson once more assembled early music performers of high calibre and nicely contrasted music from the seventeenth and eighteenth
centuries.

The music was presented for us using a wealth of timbres from the combination of guest Tim Blomfield’s bass violin, Jennifer Eriksson’s viola da gamba, Josie Ryan’s soprano voice, and from Tommie Andersson playing no less than two lutes, baroque guitar and theorbo.

An exciting part of this concert was the first time collaboration at a Marais Project concert of Eriksson’s viola da gamba and Blomfield’s bass violin. The two instruments blended keenly and helped highlight the character and communicative strengths of each other’s musical identity so popular in French musical history. Continue reading THE MARAIS PROJECT : A BASS AFFAIR @ SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC

THE MARAIS PROJECT PRESENTS ‘A BASS AFFAIR’

Music for bass viol and bass violin

Jenny Eriksson

Most early music fans are aware that the viola da gamba is also known as the bass viol. It is less well known, perhaps, that there is also such an instrument as the bass violin, also known as the ‘basse de violon’. The bass viol and bass violin were mainstays in French baroque music and featured in the Court orchestra of King Louis XIV. For this concert The Marais Project welcomes Tim Blomfield, one of Australia’s finest bass violinists and co-founder of Sydney’s long standing and highly respected early music ensemble, Salut! Baroque.  The Sunday afternoon program will feature a cantata by Montéclair, music by Marais – with the bass violin providing the continuo – and other works that show off the complementary and contrasting aspects of the two instruments. Continue reading THE MARAIS PROJECT PRESENTS ‘A BASS AFFAIR’

MY HEART SO GRIEVES: PART OF ‘PRELUDE IN TEA’

This image: Elysian Fields – featuring electric viola da gamba
Banner image: Viola da gambist Jenny Eriksson

Early music specialists, The Marais Project, and electric viola da gamba ensemble, Elysian Fields, both led by the versatile Jenny Eriksson, return to The Independent Theatre on January 28, 2018 in a once off program titled, “My heart so grieves”Continue reading MY HEART SO GRIEVES: PART OF ‘PRELUDE IN TEA’

The Marais Project : Re-Imaginings: Review

Bassist Siebe Pogson. Photo by Natasha Civijovski
Bassist Siebe Pogson. Photo by Natasha Civijovski

2014 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the commencement of THE MARIAS PROJECT. This institution, in which viola da gambist Jennifer Eriksson with her contemporaries in early music performance set out to perform the entire oeuvre of Marin Marais has already performed eighty-five per cent of Marais’ total output.

The last fifteen years of the Marais Project have put a very pleasurable focus on the agility and sonority of the viola da gamba as well as early music concert programming. Continue reading The Marais Project : Re-Imaginings: Review

The Marais Project: Re-Imaginings: Preview

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Jenny Eriksson will debut her Ruby Electric Viola de Gamba at the upcoming concert

2014 is a special year for viola da gambist, Jenny Eriksson as her group The Marais Project celebrates 15 years of continuous operation.  The theme for The Marais Project’s anniversary year is Re-imaginings, which is also the title of their final concert for 2014.

Alongside music for the conventional viola da gamba and harpsichord, Re-Imaginings will see the formal debut of Jenny’s Ruby Electric Viola da Gamba which is believed to be the only instrument of its kind in Australia.         Continue reading The Marais Project: Re-Imaginings: Preview

The Marais Project: Collusion at the Con: Preview

For the Marais Project’s next concert COLLUSION, Artistic Director Jennifer Erickson has invited along singer and violinist, Susie Bishop and pianist and piano accordionist, Emily-Rose Šárkova to join her in what is going to be an amazing adventure. 

“Young performers of the caliber and versatility of Susie and Emily-Rose are a rarity”, Eriksson stated, “Classically trained here and in Europe, but equally at home across a range of genres including tango, world music and modern folk, they are part of a talented new generation of musicians who are renewing and re-vitalising fine music.”

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The Marais Project: Dowland In The 21st Century: Review

Seaven Teares (l to r)- Shaun Ng, Imogen Granwal, Jenny Eriksson, Cathy Upex

The striking setting of Sydney University’s Refactory suitably housed this special tribute to composer John Dowland. The aesthetic suited the styles of the music, and the acoustic was a true gift for this birthday bash.

Special guests attended this party. Virtuosi Tommie Anderson (lute) and Daniel Yeadon (treble viol) augmented the solid ensemble. Soprano Belinda Montgomery beautifully brought Dowland’s emotional and joyous intensities to life, and freshly to our time, above a range of accompaniment textures.      

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