Elysian Fields (Album Launch)

Foundry 616, 616 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW 2007

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 March 14 Elysian Fields will launch their new album "What Should I Say", which features Scandinavian jazz and folk songs alongside new music inspired by the Nordic World.

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 2019, the venue where they played their first gig in 2015.

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)

 “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)

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 ++++++++++++++++++++++  Tickets 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