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Re-Imaginings III – a conversation with pianist and composer, Matt McMahon

When Jenny Eriksson formed The Marais Project in 2000 the term “project” quickly evolved to mean more than just the idea of playing all the viola da gamba works of Marin Marais – which was and is the key focus of the ensemble. As Jenny’s musical tastes evolved it was

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Re-Imaginings II – with bassist and composer, Siebe Pogson

The Marais Project largely focuses on viola da gamba music from the French Baroque and particularly, on the music of Marin Marais. We have always engaged in “side projects”, however, including commissioning new Australian works for the viola da gamba. In addition, we love working with young composers and giving

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Re-Imaginings – with composer, Paul Cutlan

Composer and horn player, Paul Cutlan, is very well known to Australian jazz audiences and has a growing reputation as a composer. Paul has previously performed with and composed for viols when he worked Jenny Eriksson and the “Seaven Teares” viol consort in 2012. Jenny has commissioned him to compose

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Collusion Progam – August 24, 2014

Program 2014 is a special year for us as The Marais Project celebrates 15 years of continuous operation. Over this time we have released 4 CDs, made a number of studio recordings for the ABC and given more than 120 concerts. If we were married it would be our Crystal

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Collusion – An interview with Marais Project collaborators Emily-Rose Šárkova and Susie Bishop

Collusion (n.) – a secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy in order to deceive others. Philip Pogson (PP) Emily-Rose and Susie, how did you first meet? Was it “love at first musical sight” or has your artistic collaboration grown over time? Emily-Rose Šárkova: We met at a folk festival tango

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“Rameu” program and notes – 3pm, 25 May 2014, Sydney Conservatorium

Program We have been wanting to do this program for years!  It took the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death to make to happen.  Below is the program and an overview of Rameau and his work.  We hope you can come along!  Pièces de clavecin en concerts (1741), “Deuxième concert” –

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“Mathematics of Motion” – A Chance encounter with Jean-Philippe Rameau

The Marais Project has commissioned a number of new works in 2014 to celebrate our 15th anniversary year.  The first of these new pieces is by composer and viola da gambist Alice Chance whose work “Mathematics of Motion” will receive its world premiere at the Marais Project’s season launch, “Rameau”.

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Review No. 3: Dowland in the 21st Century

The sheer joy and smile on Jennifer Eriksson’s face when she started playing the first piece by Dowland with three other viols and a lute, was infectious enough to make my departure from home on a rainy Sunday afternoon a damn good idea. Lachrimae Antiquae (Seaven Teares) is one of

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Review Number 2:- Dowland in the 21st Century, 10 November 2013

The striking setting of Sydney University’s Refectory 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

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Review – 450th Birthday Bash: Dowland in the 21st Century – 10 November, 2013

During 2013 the musical world has been focusing on the bicentenaries of Verdi and Wagner with some attention also being given to the Benjamin Britten centenary.  Not much notice has been taken, however, of the birth 450 years ago of the English lutenist and songwriter John Dowland.  This was happily

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