Founded in 2011, Josie and the Emeralds are Josie Ryan, soprano and some of Australia’s finest viol players such as Laura Vaughan, Laura Moore, Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex, Alice Chance, Imogen Granwal, Annika Stagg, Anthea Cottee and Margo Adelson. Guest artists have included Wendy Gillespie, Lisa Terry, Mary Springfels and Sarah Mead, Rebecca Humphrey, (all from USA), Joelle Morton (Canada), Elizabeth Rumsey, (Switzerland), Jacques Emery and Belinda Montgomery.
Josie and the Emeralds have received critical acclaim for their nuanced and innovative performances of medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music. Their recordings have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM and Fine Music.
Their CD The Emerald Leopard (Tall Poppies TP233) includes works by Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Morley, Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin Andrea Pandolfo and Brooke Green.
Various works by Brooke Green originally written for Josie and the Emeralds have appeared in other guises. The Shades won the audience and judges’ prize at the Viola da Gamba Society of America’s Traynor Competition for New Viol Music 2013. Reza Barati has been arranged for Latitude 37, Melbourne Metropolis Festival, 2017 and for Camerata, Queensland Music Festival, 2017. Perfumed with Blood has been arranged for orchestra for The Bourbaki Ensemble. Shades of Presence Past and Emerald Elixirs are published by PRB Music, California with Two In Nomines due for publication in 2018.