When The Marais Project and Elysian Fields, both under the leadership of viola da gambist, Jennifer Eriksson, appeared side by side at The Independent in 2017, audiences and critics alike gave rave reviews. Their 2018 return concert again features each ensemble playing its core repertoire.
In the first half, The Marais Project and Dutch-born tenor Koen van Stade perform songs by John Dowland.
After interval, in a truly unique juxtaposition, Elysian Fields, Australia's only electric viola da gamba ensemble, takes the stage to present a range of repertoire including Matt McMahon's 'What Should I Say - Four Poems of Thomas Wyatt ', gorgeous settings of four poems by Thomas Wyatt, a courtier to Henry VIII.
At the recent premiere of this work, sung by Susie Bishop, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote: 'Here was a head-spinning dialogue between half a millennium ago and now, and a sound as foreign as dreaming someone else's dreams. It emanated from Jenny Eriksson's electric viola da gamba.”