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 multitalented 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 new works by:
- 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 is arranging Swedish jazz and folk song charts
- 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!
This will be the band’s first Foundry616 performance for 2018, the venue where they played their first gig in 2015.
“The electric viola da gamba sound combined very well with the soprano and alto saxophones played by Matt Keegan and throughout the program the two instruments often played well-blended duets…this inventive program traversed some widely separated musical styles and was warmly received by the sizable audience.” (Larry Turner, Sounds Like Sydney, January 2017)
Matt McMahon piano
Susie Bishop vocals/violin
Mat Keegan sax
Jenny Eriksson electric gamba
Siebe Pogson electric bass
Dave Goodman drums
General – $27.00 incl booking fee
Concession – $21.00 incl booking fee
Dinner & Show $59.00 incl booking fee
Premium Dinner & Show $74.00 incl booking fee
Drinks & Show $45.00 incl booking fee