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In Praise of Small

We have been running The Marais Project (www.maraisproject.com.au) for 15 years.  Our musical focus would be considered rather abstract to so-called every day Australians. Much of the repertoire we present was written for the viola da gamba during the French baroque period over 250 years ago. Yet through the past

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Trial by fire – sax player and composer Matt Keegan on working with Jenny Eriksson

It takes courage to step outside the boundaries of a successful career in a musical genre and perform in a very different setting, on stage, in front to an audience. Gambist Jenny Eriksson has decided to do just that. When Jenny expressed an interest to play with musicians from a

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In Celebration of Crystal – The Marais Project at 15

In wedding terms ours is a Crystal Anniversary: more distinguished than Wood (5) and Tin (10) but still many years from receiving a letter from the Queen or even the Governor General. I appreciate the opportunity of sharing my thoughts on the last decade and a half. Where have we

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Re-Imaginings: Marais Project Concert Program October 26, 2014

The theme for The Marais Project’s 15th anniversary year is Re-imaginings.  During the year we are taking the opportunity to re-imagine the viola da gamba in a range of settings from Rameau and Marais to world and improvised music. After I formed The Marais Project in 2000, the term “project”

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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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