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Elysian Fields - The Scandinavian Project


Elysian Fields - The Scandinavian Project

  • Date: Thursday, 24 May 2018, 8.30pm
  • Venue: Foundry616 — 616 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $27 | Concession: $17 | Dinner & Show: $59 - $74 | Drinks & Show: $45 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 0412 459 156

Event Details

Since their first performance three years ago, Elysian Fields, Australia’s only electric viola da gamba band, has carved out a growing reputation for performances that blur the boundaries between jazz, chamber music and world music.

Drawing largely on the compositional and arranging skills of its multi-talented members, the six-piece band’s charts shift effortlessly from stately, baroque-like solemnity to multilayered improvisations and driving, pulsating rhythms. And then there is the unique sound of the electric viola da gamba!

On May 24 Elysian Fields will launch their Scandinavian Project which features Scandinavian jazz and folk songs alongside new music inspired by the Nordic World. There will be world premieres:-

- Matt Keegan: has written two pieces reflecting his time studying in Sweden
- Siebe Pogson: has composed a collection of songs titled "The Tragedy, The Journey and The Destination."
- Matt McMahon: arrangements of Swedish folk songs
- Jenny Eriksson: arrangements of some of her favourite Swedish and Norwegian jazz charts

The band has many Scandinavian connections: Jenny's grandfather, Knut Axel Eriksson, was Swedish. She has previously released a critically acclaimed CD of Swedish music with her acoustic ensemble, The Marais Project. Matt Keegan studied in Sweden. Vocalist Susie Bishop sings fluently in Swedish and bass player Siebe Pogson is 1/8th Swedish!

Elysian Fields is:

Susie Bishop - voice and violin
Matt Keegan – saxophones
Jenny Eriksson - electric viola da gamba
Matt McMahon – piano
Siebe Pogson – bass guitar
Dave Goodman - drums

Critical comment:
“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, the only example in Australia.” (John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald May 2017)

Featured non-Australian music: Jazz charts by Nils Gunnar and e.s.t.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0412 459 156 or by email to philippogson@theleadingpartnership.com.au

Featured Australian Works

 Cold Soul by Matt Keegan — World premiere
 Fjord Line by Matt Keegan — World premiere
 Swedish Folk Song Arrangements by Matt McMahon — World premiere
 The Tragedy, The Journey and The Destination by Siebe Pogson — Australian premiere

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