The Marais Project is a celebration of music for the viola da gamba inspired by Marin Marais, the great French virtuoso viola da gamba performer and composer. Formed by Jennifer Eriksson in 2000, in 2019 we turn 20! In celebration, we are releasing a new CD, “The Garden Party” in late May. The ensemble’s original aim was to perform the complete works of Marais – a monumental task which is more than 85% complete. However, over the years we have extended our repertoire beyond the French baroque to include folk music, mediaeval and renaissance repertoire as well as commissioning and recording new Australian works.
Regular ensemble members: Jennifer Eriksson, Catherine Upex, Tommie Andersson, Fiona Ziegler and Belinda Montgomery. Guest artists include: Koen van Stade, Matthew Bruce, Daniel Yeadon, Mikaela Oberg, Shaun Ng, Melissa Farrow, Susie Bishop, Elsen Price, Steve Elphick, Emily-Rose Šárkova Anna Sandstrom, David Hidden, Raymond Harvey, Josie Ryan, Pascal Herrington and Anthony Abouhamad.
Collaborators: The Muffat Collective, The Early Dance Consort, “Mara!, jazz pianist and composer Kevin Hunt, Sydney Chamber Choir. Composers: Stephen Yates, Rosalind Page, Emily-Rose Šárkova, Dan Walker, Tommie Andersson, Paul Cutlan, Matt McMahon, Llew and Mara Kiek, Emily-Rose Šárkova and Matthew Perry.
- Sumptuously recorded, (the CD’s) bass notes are as sonorous as the voice of a great baritone, the high ones diaphanous – Sydney Morning Herald
- An exciting and rather unusual concert – Arts Hub
- A beautiful and varied collection of early and recent music for Baroque ensemble – The Music Trust
- Eriksson has created an ensemble that performs this thoughtful programme with brilliant musicianship. It is an intimate recording, rich in detail – Sounds Like Sydney
- Under the curating of Jenny Eriksson the Marais Project continues to present unusual and engaging programs of first rate quality – ClassikON
- (an) impeccably performed and hugely enjoyable musical smorgasbord – Limelight Magazine
- A culture beauty of tone and a confidence that placed her among the viola da gambist worth going a long way to hear – Sydney Morning Herald