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The viola da gamba is electrifying!

Help Fund Elysian Fields’ first CD What is it all about? Elysian Fields is Australia’s only electric viola da gamba ensemble.  I formed the band two years ago.  Our vision to create this country’s first CD of original music for electric viola da gamba and jazz ensemble.  This is an

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Matt McMahon’s “Thomas Wyatt Songs” – Elysian Fields headlines at “Vivid New Music at the Con”

On May 11 Elysian Fields premiered a new song cycle for electric viola da gamba ensemble composed by renowned pianist, composer and Elysian Fields member, Matt McMahon, at Foundry616.  Drawing on a love for the poems of Thomas Wyatt that was kindled as a University undergraduate, McMahon has created a

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A jazz garden party – Jenny Eriksson’s new baroque-inspired piece for Elysian Fields

A Fête champêtre was a form of 18th century entertainment, a kind of upmarket garden party. It was particularly popular at the French court of Versailles where the surrounding parklands were sumptuously landscaped with pavilions and temples to accommodate parties, artistic events and other celebrations. The fête champêtre was typically

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Marais Project and Elysian Fields Autumn Update – April 2017

Hi to everyone, It’ s been a busy few weeks for The Marais Project and our sister electric viola da gamba group, Elysian Fields. The Marais Project – new CD and second concert for 2017 Producer Llew Kiek and I recently finished editing our latest Marais Project CD and we

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Death of Dutch luthier, Fred Lindeman

Posted in Blog, General, Marin Marais by philip

Another sad death, this time the wonderful Dutch instrument maker and baroque music expert, Fred Lindeman. I met Fred when I was a viola da gamba student in Amsterdam in the mid 1980s. He looked after my instrument when I was there and I bought my strings from his shop.

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The passing of a Renaissance Man – John (Ben) Hall – painter, architect, instrument maker

Last night I heard that Ben Hall (1935-2017) had passed away. Ben was a painter, an artist, a musician and a luthier (instrument maker). He was good at everything he did. You may never have heard of him but the Sydney Morning Herald published an on-line and printed version of

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Of which French composer was it said, “he had a fertile pen…”

Question: Of which French Baroque composer was it said: “Happy be ‘Composer X’ whose fertile pen can give birth without pain to a whole new book or piece of music every month!” Read on for the answer. We’ve had a great few rehearsals working way through this interesting and rich

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Who was André Campra? The Marais Project present “The French Flute”

Who was André Campra?  Campra was the son of an Italian surgeon and violinist and a French mother. He went on to be music master at Arles and Toulouse cathedrals from where he moved to the famed Notre Dame cathedral, Paris.  In a radical move for the time, he added

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Music making and fact-finding in the Far North

Musical ambassador meets a real ambassador! I am just back from three weeks of concerts, workshops and musical “fact finding” in Sweden and Norway.  Although my grandfather was Swedish and I have visited many times over the years, this was the first time I have performed professionally there. Besides appearing

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Master and Pupil: an interview with James Fraser – actor, writer and director

The interaction between master and student is a complex and fascinating one.  The famous French 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: the famed viola da gambist and composer, Marin

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