Elysian Fields is Australia’s only electric viola da gamba, improvised music ensemble.
The acoustic viola da gamba and its wonderful age-old repertoire have been at the centre of my artistic life for 35 years. During this time I’ve performed across Australia and in Holland, Germany, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand. With my primary acoustic group, The Marais Project, we have recorded 6 highly regarded CDs.
But I also love jazz. Some 4 years ago I bought electric viola da gamba and started a new artistic journey alongside the older one. Together with local jazz legends, Matt Keegan (saxophones) and Matt McMahon (piano) I (Jenny Eriksson) formed Elysian Fields in 2015. Along with Susie Bishop (vocals) and young rhythm section Siebe Pogson (bass) and Finn Ryan (drums), we have created nearly 2 hours of original Australia music commissioned for what is a unique line up!