The Marais Project is performing at The Sydney Fringe Festival 2017, presenting Master and Pupil, a music-drama written and acted by James Fraser (The Water Diviner, Devil’s Playground) with music selected by viola da gambist Jennifer Eriksson of The Marais Project.
Master and Pupil explores the sometimes fraught relationships between a talented and driven musician and his older teacher. The tensions between teacher and student are both complex and fascinating as the upcoming generation learns from, and at times pits themselves against, the established leaders of their field.
Devised and premiered in 2016 by actor and writer James Fraser and Jennifer Eriksson, the result is a powerful performance experience which they reprise for the first time at Sydney Fringe Festival.
Drawing from the novel Tous les matins de monde (All the mornings of the world), the film version of which starred Gérard Depardieu and featured virtuoso viola da gambist Jordi Savall on the sound track, Master and Pupil is an acutely sensitive examination of the bonds between two great artists at different stages of their careers: the young Marin Marais, appointed to the Court of Louis XIV and probably the greatest viola da gambist of all time, and his musical mentor, the world-weary, reclusive Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe. Adding tragic spice to the mix is a love triangle between Sainte-Colombe’s two musician daughters and the ambitious Marais.
Written and performed by James Fraser and accompanied live by The Marais Project: Belinda Montgomery, voice; Tommie Andersson lute and theorbo, Jennifer Eriksson and Catherine Upex, viola da gamba
Read our review of Master and Pupil from its Sydney season in May 2016.