Our Rehearsal Room: Elysian Fields

Our Rehearsal Room: Elysian Fields

A VIVID photo diary from Jenny Eriksson and Elysian Fields. 

Jenny Eriksson
Sydney, Australia

Our Rehearsal Room: Elysian Fields

A VIVID photo diary from Jenny Eriksson and Elysian Fields. 

We asked Australia’s first electric viola da gamba band, Elysian Fields to take us behind the scenes of the VIVID Festival. Here's what happened:

Jenny Eriksson and Matt McMahon rehearsing for Vivid. Jenny and Matt’s friendship developed in jazz clubs long before they started playing together.

Jenny Eriksson and Matt McMahon rehearsing for Vivid. Jenny and Matt’s friendship developed in jazz clubs long before they started playing together.

Jenny Eriksson and Elysian Fields’ bassist and composer, Siebe Pogson – they also happen to be mother and son! Siebe studied classical piano and jazz at Sydney Conservatorium. 

Jenny Eriksson and Elysian Fields’ bassist and composer, Siebe Pogson – they also happen to be mother and son! Siebe studied classical piano and jazz at Sydney Conservatorium. 

Jenny Eriksson, Susie Bishop and Siebe Pogson in performance at Vivid New Music at the Con.

Jenny Eriksson, Susie Bishop and Siebe Pogson in performance at Vivid New Music at the Con.

 Susie Bishop and Matt Keegan in performance.

 Susie Bishop and Matt Keegan in performance.

Jenny Eriksson, Finn Ryan, Siebe Pogson and Matt Keegan - Australia's only electric viola da gamba band in full flight at Vivid.

Jenny Eriksson, Finn Ryan, Siebe Pogson and Matt Keegan - Australia's only electric viola da gamba band in full flight at Vivid.

Jenny and Susie Bishop - Susie doubles on vocals and violin 

Jenny and Susie Bishop - Susie doubles on vocals and violin 

Jenny, Susie, Siebe and Matt from side of stage. 

Jenny, Susie, Siebe and Matt from side of stage. 

The Ruby electric viola da gamba and Susie Bishop!

The Ruby electric viola da gamba and Susie Bishop!

The full band - Matt McMahon, Finn Ryan, Jenny Eriksson, Susie Bisho and Matt Keegan. Elysian Fields mostly performs original music by its members.

The full band - Matt McMahon, Finn Ryan, Jenny Eriksson, Susie Bisho and Matt Keegan. Elysian Fields mostly performs original music by its members.

Sydney Conservatorium lit up for Vivid

Sydney Conservatorium lit up for Vivid

Elysian Fields are currently fundraising to produce Australia's first CD of original music for electric viola de gamba and jazz ensemble. You can find out more and support the project here