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“Here is a sound so disorientating it’s like dreaming someone else’s dreams…this time-bending, mind-bending project makes music that sounds modern and hundreds of years old simultaneously. (Sydney Morning Herald)

 “Masterful musicians at play in the creation of new works and soundscapes that feature and incorporate Jennifer Eriksson’s electric viola da gamba.” (Loudmouth)

Jenny with her Ruby electric viola da gamba – the only one in Australia

It’s not very often that a new instrument joins the music scene but Jenny Eriksson’s electric viola da gamba, the only one in Australia, has been raising musical eyebrows over recent years. Having spent 30 years establishing herself as a leading expert on the baroque repertoire written for her 7-stringed, fretted and bowed instrument, Eriksson and Elysian Fields are charting new territory for Australian music in blending the special qualities of the viol with elements of jazz, classical and world music. The uniquely configured line up (sax, voice/violin, electric viola da gamba, piano, bass guitar and drums) returns to Foundry fresh from the launch of their highly regarded debut CD, “What should I say.”

Driven by the ongoing creative efforts of band members, Elysian Fields brings to the table an ever shifting and expanding set list. This gig will feature the second ever performance of bassist/composer Siebe Pogson’s specially commissioned song cycle “The Tragedy, The Journey, The Destination” along with original charts by Matt Keegan, Matt McMahon and Jenny Eriksson. Tickets https://foundry616.com.au/ticket/10-october-thursday-elysian-fields/

What:                        Elysian Fields plays Foundry616

When:                       8.30pm, October 10, 2019

Where:                      Foundry616, 616 Harris St, Ultimo

Tickets:                     From $20 at Foundry616

Sydney Arts Guide has two double passes to give away to the concert. Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with Elysian Fields Promotion in the subject heading. Winners will be advised by email.

Editors Note : This promotion has now closed and the winners have  been advised


This  boutique jazz festival is coming soon on Sunday June 2.  Sydney’s only jazz festival will take place across five venues at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Designed to be affordable and accessible it will showcase the best of Jazz from Australia, Sydney and the World.

The program ranges from the post bebop jazz of the Craig Scott Quintet or the Urban Jazz from Hammerhead  to free improvisation from Laura Altman and Melanie Herbert  and the quirky modern takes from Ben Vanderwal’s Riffzs 2000.

Over 100 musicians in 20 masterclasses and concerts including legendary US guitarist Bill Frisell and his trio (photo attached) the Billy Childs Quartet and Italian pianist Vittorio Mezza in a unique collaboration with the Mark Ginsberg Ensemble. Some of the best Australian bands are also appearing including the Australian National Jazz Orchestra with Judy Bailey, the Jamie Oehlers Quintet, the Hannah James Trio and Marc Issacs with Loretta Palmeiro.


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Elysian Fields – The Scandinavian Project

Elysian Fields

Since their first performance three years ago, Elysian Fields, Australia’s only electric viola da gamba band, has carved out a growing reputation for performances that blur the boundaries between jazz, chamber music and world music. Drawing largely on the compositional and arranging skills of its multitalented members, the six-piece band’s charts shift effortlessly from stately, baroque-like solemnity to multilayered improvisations and driving, pulsating rhythms.  And then there is the unique sound of the electric viola da gamba! Continue reading Elysian Fields – The Scandinavian Project

Frances Madden and Band : Jazz, Blues & Classics Show @ The Basement

She has been described as ‘Australia’s rising star of jazz and blues’ by Fine Music 102.5 FM. The Basement is welcoming back singer and piano player Frances Madden with her band with what is likely to be another sell-out show.

It has been a busy time for Frances. In the past year, she has supported the legendary Dionne Warwick and also Grammy Award-winner Gregory Porter in their Sydney concerts, headlined at the JZ Club in Shanghai and also attracted a crowd of around 1,500 people at the Manly Jazz Festival.

Sydney radio station Fine Music 102.5 FM announced Frances as their Stefan Kruger Award winner for 2017.

Frances’ show at The Basement is the first of eight in an East Cost tour that takes in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and finishes at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. Continue reading Frances Madden and Band : Jazz, Blues & Classics Show @ The Basement


This multi-award winning duo has been created by two young, but already widely acclaimed jazz musicians from Poland, singer Wojciech Myrczek and pianist Pawel Tomaszewski.

The strength of the duo lies in collaboration of two individuals who exude charisma, musical ingenuity and attention to every sonic detail. They engage in a musical dialogue not refraining from ambitious song or crazy improvisation, always adding a touch of humour.

During their dialogue, these artists perform jazz and pop standards that in their interpretation gain a previously unknown form of musical sound. Myrczek & Tomaszewski is without a doubt one of the most interesting voice and piano duos of the past decade.

Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 7:00pm at the Basement.

For more about Myrczek & Tomaszewski (Poland) @ The Basement, visit http://www.moshtix.com.au//v2/event/myrczek-tomaszewski-poland/96455?ref=calendar&skin=291
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AT LAST – THE ETTA JAMES STORY saw its world premiere in 2013 and since then has played to packed theatres and thunderous applause throughout Australia and New Zealand. Having recently completed a sell-out season at Arts Centre Melbourne this incredible show returns once more to The Sydney Opera House – for one week only!

Starring the sensational Vika Bull the show tells the story of soul legend Etta James turbulent life and features some of her most beloved songs including Tell MamaI’d Rather Go Blind, her iconic signature song At Last and more.

Vika puts her heart and soul into this unforgettable show and is joined on stage by some Australia’s nest and funkiest musicians.
During a long career that saw her win six Grammy Awards and a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Etta James has influenced a vast array of artists. Sadly, her frantic recording and touring schedule coincided with her ever-growing addiction problems and over time she not only sang the blues…she lived the blues.

Mercifully, her passion for life and strength of character saw her conquer her demons and she continued to record and perform into her seventies.

This is her story.

AT LAST : THE ETTA JAMES STORY will play the Drama Theatre at the Sydney Opera House between July 12 and July 17.

For more about At Last – The Etta James Story, visit http://room8.com.au/events/134/
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Funk Engine Coming To The Foundry 616

Siebe Pogson

After a successful CD launch last year, Siebe Pogson and his band Funk Engine are back at Foundry 616 on the 11th of March, 2015. Pogson recently returned from a five week trip to the USA, a month of which was spent in New Orleans Louisiana, a place which many consider to be the home of jazz and funk. “Hearing the roots of the music you love is really inspiring for a composer,” Siebe commented. “Before all the music starts – and it doesn’t start till late in New Orleans – I’d often reflect on what I heard the night before and write something similar: anything from a bass line to a melody. As well as jazz, New Orleans has everything. Cajun music (Zydeco), rock, funk, blues, and soul it’s all there.  I learned SO much!” Continue reading Funk Engine Coming To The Foundry 616