Sunday summer music inspired by poets of the 16th century
The Marais Project & Elysian Fields
Sunday January 28, 2018 at 3.30pm – with afternoon tea from 2.30pm
The Independent Theatre, 269 Miller St, North Sydney

Early music specialists, The Marais Project and electric viola da gamba ensemble Elysian Fields return to North Sydney’s Independent Theatre to present a delicious one-off program titled, “My Heart So Grieves”.


Directed – as ever – by the versatile Jenny Eriksson, the innovative program features music inspired by poets of the 16th century. It is the first 2018 concert in the theatre’s popular Prelude in Tea chamber music series which includes afternoon tea with refreshments and a mouth-watering array of cakes and fruits.

The first half of the concert showcases The Marais Project – Dutch-born tenor Koen van Stade, lutenist Tommie Andersson and Jenny Eriksson on viola da gamba – performing songs of love and loss from the Elizabethan era, including work by the incomparable John Dowland. Singer van Stade features on The Marais Project’s most recent CD, “Spinning Forth” which has garnered rave reviews.

After interval, Elysian Fields will play music including pianist/composer Matt McMahon’s gorgeous song-cycle, “What Should I Say”, settings of poems by Thomas Wyatt, courtier to King Henry VIII.

Elysian Fields features some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians and composers including Matt Keegan, saxophones and Matt McMahon, piano. Joining them and Eriksson is legendary bassist Jonathan Zwartz, singer Susie Bishop and drummer Finn Ryan. John Shand, the Walkley-winning SMH reviewer, wrote of the world premiere of Matt McMahon’s song cycle: “Here was an enthralling dialogue between past and present. McMahon has preserved Wyatt’s prevailing mood of courtly gentleness, but spiced it harmonically and texturally…The songs were exquisitely sung by Susie Bishop.”

The Marais Project is recognised widely as one of Australia’s most innovative early music ensembles. It has performed widely across Australia and released six critically acclaimed CDs, the most recent of which is Spinning Forth. Elysian Fields is a collaboration between Jennifer Eriksson and some of Australia’s most acclaimed jazz and world musicians. The six-piece group has rapidly gained a reputation for performances of rare beauty and subtlety that blur the boundaries between classical chamber music, jazz and world music.
In 2017 they appeared at Vivid New Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival as well as recording their first CD.

The Independent Theatre presents Prelude in Tea
The Marais Project and Elysian Fields
“My Heart So Grieves”
Sunday 28 Jan – 3.30pm Concert, 2.30pm afternoon tea
269 Miller Street, North Sydney
Tickets: $48 adult, $30 conc, $22 student, and $16 child
Bookings (02) 9955 3000 or


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