The Marais Project – Directed by Jennifer Eriksson

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Welcome to The Marais Project’s 2016 program.

We had a fantastic time over the past year performing in New Zealand, launching our 5th CD, Smörgåsbord! and continuing our focus on rare and wonderful music for the viola da gamba including presenting a concert version of a complete act from Marais’ opera, Sémélé.

Our 2016 concert series consists of two events which are outlined below. We are also appearing at a number of other venues throughout the year so check the Events Tab for details.

Since our founding in 2000 The Marais Project has presented a highly regarded annual concert series while also appearing at numerous other venues from major recital halls to country churches, schools, festivals and radio station studios across Australia.  During this time we’ve performed more than 85% of Marin Marais’ works for solo, two and three viola da gambas and other great works for the viol family, commissioned some 20 works by Australian composers and arranged new music for the ensemble.  We have also pioneered the use of the electric viola da gamba in Australia, a venture which has recently spun off into a new group, “Elysian Fields”.

The details of our 2016 recital series is below. Please follow us on Facebook for updates and other information. We also have a comprehensive

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Jenny Eriksson, Founder and Artistic Director


Concert 1 – Master and pupil: reflections on “Tous les matins du monde” 

The interaction between master and student is a complex and fascinating one. The famous novel and film “Tous les matins de monde” (All the mornings of the world) is an acutely sensitive, fictional exploration of the relationship between two great artists: Marin Marais and his distinguished mentor, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, along with Sainte-Colombe’s two daughters. In collaboration with leading young Australian actor, writer and film maker, James Fraser (The Water Diviner, The Devil’s Playground and The Turning), Jenny Eriksson has created a series of reflections on Tour les matins du monde in words and music.

This event is part of the Independent Theatre’s “Prelude in T” concert series. Afternoon tea is served from 2:30 as a prelude to the concert. Ticket prices include afternoon tea!

3.30 pm Sunday 29th May, The Independent, North Sydney


Concert 2 – The French Flute” 

We had wonderful feedback from baroque flautist Mikaela Oberg’s first performance with The Marais Project in 2015. So much so that Jenny has invited her to take us deeper into the glorious French repertoire for baroque flute, soprano and viola da gamba.

Highly regarded soprano Anna Sandstrom joins us for the first time for this event. We also welcome back harpsichordist Anthony Hamad, recently returned from post graduate study in the Netherlands. .

Music by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, André Campra, Jean-Marie Leclair and Jacques-Martin Hotteterre.

3.00 pm Sunday 16th October, Sydney Conservatorium


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