Baroque, Swedish folk to celebrate 20th year of ‘early music making’

Petersham saxophonist Matt Keegan is one of the stars of Elysian Fields performing on May 26.

THERE’S a triple treat in store for music lovers when the Marais Project celebrates 20 years of early music making in ‘Times & Seasons’, launches its 20th anniversary CD and welcomes Elysian Fields, including Petersham saxophonist Matt Keegan and Dulwich Hill bassist Siebe Pogson, to share the stage at the Independent Theatre on May 26.

With the theatre’s legendary cakes and refreshments on offer, the event features special guest, Swedish gambist Leif Henrikson.
So, what can listeners expect?
“The first half of the concert sees The Marais Project present some of the best of the French Baroque repertoire that we love so much as a group,” founder Jenny Eriksson said.
“This includes music by Marin Marais for two viola da gambas and a cantata for soprano, two viola da gambas and continuo by Michel Pignolet de Montéclair.”
To add yet more interest to the occasion, The Marais Project will release its 7th CD, ‘The Garden Party’, on the day with audience members getting an advance opportunity to purchase a copy of what will undoubtedly become a classic.
Elysian Fields will play excerpts from their critically acclaimed Scandinavian Project including gorgeous arrangements of Swedish folk tunes.
This will be the third occasion that The Marais Project and Elysian Fields have presented music for the acoustic and electric versions of the viola da gamba in the same concert.
Tickets: $49, adult, $32, concession/under 30, $22, student, and $17, child.
Bookings at or call 9955 3000.