In 2019 Sydney Morning Herald music critic wrote of Elysian Fields "this time-bending, mind-bending project makes music that sounds modern and hundreds of years old simultaneously". When Jenny Eriksson, one of Australia's leading acoustic viola da gamba players took up the electric viola da gamba she was detirmined to create a sound world that had that had never before existed. Assembling a group of some of Australia's finest jazz and world musicians, Elysian Fields has carved out a new sonic space based on lyrical yet incisive compositions and arrangements by group members, including Eriksson herself. This performance continues that tradition with the world premiere of a new piece by composer, Gordon Kerry, the first classical composer to write for the group. Also featured are new commissions by group members Matt Keegan and Matt McMahon.
World premiere of “I dreamed I moved among the Elysian Fields” by renowned Australian composer, Gordon Kerry. New works by group members Matt Keegan and Matt McMahon.
Elysian Fields is one of the world’s few electric viola da gamba ensembles. It was formed by Jenny Eriksson, Matt Keegan and Matt McMahon in 2015. In late 2018, they released their first CD, “What should I say”, on the MOVE label. The band is an ongoing experiment in creating new improvised and composed repertoire for the electric viola da gamba – of which Eriksson is believed to be the only Australian exponent. The back bone of Elysian Field’s set list consists of original works written specifically for the line-up by Matt McMahon, Matt Keegan, Jenny Eriksson and bassist, Siebe Pogson. The band’s covers range widely from Eriksson’s unique arrangements of several songs by Marin Marais to charts and folk songs reflecting Jenny’s Scandinavian heritage from the likes of Swedish jazz/fusion guitarist, Mats Norrefalk, e.s.t. and Norwegian pianist/composer, Jan Gunnar Hoff.
Join us on the last Sunday of the month for the popular Prelude in Tea Sunday concert series, famously featuring a luscious afternoon tea served from 2:30, followed by a 3:30 concert from some of Australia’s best and most exciting small ensembles. Cake from 2:30, Concert at 3:30. A Prelude in Tea concert is the perfect Sunday afternoon out.