Elysian Fields’ truly unique instrumentation – voice/violin, saxophones, electric viola da gamba, piano, bass guitar and drums – allows us to explore similar sonic landscapes and in the process blur the boundaries between chamber music, jazz and world music.
But of course, this is a band overflowing with imaginative musicians. Jenny Eriksson’s electric viola da gamba is the anchor around which the good ship Elysian Fields sails. She was clearly enjoying herself onstage, relaxed and on fire.
Elysian Fields is a seamless combination of old and new, composed and improvised, experimental and planned, intuitive and calculated. The result is like a thick winter blanket: warm and beautiful.