Electric gamba band Elysian Fields presents a uniquely configured line up of saxophone, voice/violin, electric viola da gamba, piano, bass guitar and drums, fresh form the launch of their highly regarded debut CD, “What should I say.”
It’s not often that a new instrument joins the music scene but Jenny Eriksson’s electric viola da gamba, the only one in Australia, has been raising musical eyebrows over recent years. Having spent 30 years establishing herself as a leading expert on the baroque repertoire written for her 7-stringed, fretted and bowed instrument, the viola da gamba, Eriksson and Elysian Fields are charting new territory for Australian music in blending the special qualities of the viol with elements of jazz, classical and world music.
Driven by the ongoing creative efforts of band members, Elysian Fields brings to the table an ever shifting and expanding set list. This gig will feature the second ever performance of bassist/composer Siebe Pogson’s specially commissioned song cycle “The Tragedy, The Journey, The Destination” along with original charts by Matt Keegan, Matt McMahon and Jenny Eriksson.
The performers: Susie Bishop – voice and violin/ Matt Keegan – saxophones/ Jenny Eriksson – electric viola da gamba/ Matt McMahon – piano/ Siebe Pogson – bass guitar/ Dave Goodman – drums
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