CD Review Spinning Forth – Early Music News

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“You’ll never make a living playing the viola da gamba in Australia!” was one of the comments Jennifer Eriksson fielded when she decided to give up the cello in favour of the lesser-known instrument. Well, as director of the Marais Project, Jennifer has been supplying us with regular concerts for

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Elysian Fields to appear at Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival, November 13, Foundry616

Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival is a welcome addition to the local scene developed and promoted by Sydney Improvised Musica Association (SIMA).  Elysian Fields, Australia’s only electric viola da gamba ensemble is featuring at the Festival.  Founded by viola da gambist, Jenny Eriksson, the band’s stela line up also features

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“Marais meets Muffat” – July 16 2017, Concert Program

For those who LOVE early music the program for our July 16 concert with The Muffat Collective follows. Marais meets Muffat is a true celebration of collaboration. It’s not only the coming together of two specialised, period instrument ensembles and our respective patrons – both of whose surnames happen to

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Marais meets Muffat: viol and violin family live on stage!

Two of Sydney’s finest early music ensembles, The Marais Project and The Muffat Collective, in a once-off collaboration! Music by: Jean-Baptiste Lully – “Prologue” from Armide “tragédie en musique” (1686) Marc – Antoine Charpentier (1643 – 1704) – Suite in D minor Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767) – Suite

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Mother and son team combine to make groundbreaking new CD

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Help Jenny and Siebe record Australia’s first electric viola da gamba CD.  Tax deductible donations at: Elysian Fields, Australia’s only electric viola da gamba ensemble, features a relatively rare mother and son pairing in viola da gambist, Jenny Eriksson, and her son, bassist and composer, Siebe Pogson (see photo). 

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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

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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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