First 2017 'Prelude in Tea' recital to feature Marais Project 29 Jan

Published by: Sirmai Arts Marketing | 22-Jan-2017
It Takes Two: A Viol Spectacular"¦ with Tea at Two (thirty!) THE MARAIS PROJECT, one Australia"s finest and most innovative music ensembles, makes its 2017 debut as the opening concert in the Preludes in Tea series at the spectacular - and acoustically perfect - Independent Theatre, North Sydney.
Venue: The Independent Theatre
Address: 269 Miller Street North Sydney
Date: Sunday 29 January
Time: from 2.30
Ticket: 47 adult | $30 conc | $22 student |$16 children
EMail: 02 9955 3000
The popular, last-Sunday-of-the-month chamber music series offers a scrumptious afternoon tea from 2:30 as a Prelude to an afternoon concert at 3:30 from some of Australia's most exciting musicians - including the Streeton Trio, Enigma and Sonus Quartets & Strelitzia among many more. The perfect Sunday afternoon out!

This month"s opening recital for 2017 at the Independent Theatre, on Sunday 29 January, features the internationally acclaimed Australian Marais Project and its brilliant leader Jennifer Eriksson.

Since its inception in 2000, The Marais Project has championed music for the viol family, with a special focus on the music of the greatest viola da gambist of all time, Marin Marais. The ensemble has also embarked on a range of collaborations with, actors, film-makers, world musicians and jazz artists. This season-launching concert will feature the ensemble alongside Elysian Fields.

The concert will break new ground in presenting the acoustic and electric viola da gambas side by side in the one concert. In addition to her highly regarded - more traditional - viola da gamba performances, Eriksson is also the only Australian exponent of the electric viola da gamba, an instrument she has pioneered with Elysian Fields (featuring doyens of the jazz world, Matt McMahon (piano), and Matt Keegan (saxophones).

In the first half of "It Takes Two", Jenny will be joined by Australia"s finest lutenist, Tommie Andersson, and long term Marais Project soprano, Belinda Montgomery for music by Marais, John Dowland and much more.

After the interval, Elysian Fields (with Eriksson) will take the stage and concert-goers will revel in the gorgeous sounds of this country"s only electric gamba ensemble. Both Keegan and McMahon have written some beautiful music for the group - as has Eriksson herself and her son, bassist Siebe Pogson. In fact, Jenny has even reinterpreted works by Marin Marais for the group. The ensemble is rounded out with young percussionist, Finn Ryan, a recent graduate of the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium jazz course.

Program: Music by John Dowland, Marin Marais, John Paul Jones and Claudio Monteverdi (first half); Matt McMahon, Siebe Pogson, Matt Keegan and Marin Marais/Jennifer Eriksson (second half).

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