The Marais Project – Directed by Jennifer Eriksson

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In 2014 The Marais Project turned 15 making us Australia’s longest continuously running viola da gamba recital series. Feedback on our anniversary year from audiences and critics alike was extremely positive.

We continue the momentum in 2015 with the launch of our 5th CD, “Smörgåsbord!”, which I believe is our best recording yet. Smörgåsbord! brings to fruition the 3 year journey that Tommie Andersson I have undertaken exploring our Swedish heritage ably assisted by our musical colleagues Pascal Herrington, Melissa Farrow and Fiona Ziegler. In addition, in March 2015 we are performing at the second New Zealand International Early Music Festival (NZIEF).

Since our founding in 2000 we have presented a highly regarded annual concert series while also appearing at numerous other venues from major recital halls to country churches, schools, festivals and recording studios across Australia.  During this time we’ve performed more than 80% 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.

The details of our 2015 recital series is below. We perform many other times during the year so please check our Facebook site for details.

Jenny Eriksson, Founder and Artistic Director


Concert 1 – Smörgåsbord! CD launch

Directed by Jennifer Eriksson and Tommie Andersson

The Marais Project’s 3-year musical exploration of Tommie Andersson and Jenny Eriksson’s Swedish heritage comes to a head with the launch of this beautifully recorded CD, titled “Smörgåsbord”. Every piece on this CD is an Australian premiere. The repertoire spans from gorgeously arranged folk songs to the wry humour of Carl Michael Bellman, a sonata by Swedish baroque master, Johan Helmich Roman, a trio sonata by Marais and even a pavane by Swedish jazz super stars, e.s.t. The concert is rounded out with the premiere of an Australian folk song suite arranged by Mara! member, composer and Marais Project producer, Llew Kiek. (Purchase CD)

Concert 2 – Marais and the operatic muse

Directed by Jennifer Eriksson

Jennifer Eriksson has developed and presented no less than four “child friendly” operas for the Musica Viva in Schools program over the past 25 years. Drawing on this expertise, The Marais Project turns their attention to Marais’ long-neglected operas which in their time were much acclaimed at the Court of Louis XIV. On the menu will be excerpts from Marais’ best known opera, Sémélé and a cantata by another favourite composer, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair. Regular Marais Project soprano and French music specialist, Belinda Montgomery, will be joined by up and coming baritone Alexander Knight for an afternoon of the kind of musical rarities The Marais Project is renowned for. (Purchase Tickets)

Concert tickets and copies of our CDs are available from this site using Paypal.  You will also find reviews, articles, interesting links and past programs.

Jenny Eriksson, Founder and Director


(Download 2015 brochure) Newsletter Volume 13 (i) April 2014

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