CD Review – FIKA by Elysian Fields

FIKA
Elysian Fields
Move Records MCD 803
*****

Photo: Nils Gunnan Zander

Jenny Eriksson [elec. Viola da gamba]
Susie Bishop [voice & violin]
Matt McMahon [piano]
Matt Keegan [saxophones]
Siebe Pogson [base guitar]
Dave Goodman [drums]

The founder of Elysian Fields, Jenny Eriksson, commenced her Scandinavian Project in 2018. It was the manifestation of her Swedish heritage and the passion that she and her colleagues had for Scandinavian music. It has resulted in the timely release of the album FIKA, a Swedish expression meaning the coming together of friends and family in a spirit of caring.

The music speaks of passion and the human condition. It is a triumphant merger of the baroque period viola da gamba, a sublime soprano voice and other instruments often associated with jazz. Several pieces are fine arrangements of Scandinavian folk and jazz. Matt Keegan and Siebe Pogson each contribute one original jazz piece.

Elysian Fields were FineMusic Sydney’s 2019 Artist-In-Residence.

Highly recommended.

Robert Vale (Jazz Sketches, Wednesdays at midday).

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