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“Not your average concert.” - Early Music News
“The combination of classical music and theatrics is a splendor that can’t be explained except through experience.” – Emily Richardson, Upstaged Reviews
The tensions between teacher and student are both complex and fascinating as the upcoming generation learns from, and at times pits themselves against, the established leaders of their field.
Master and Pupil explores the fraught relationships between a talented and driven musician and his older teacher. Devised and premiered in 2016 by actor and writer James Fraser (The Water Diviner, Devil's Playground) and viola da gambist Jennifer Eriksson of The Marais Project, the result is an impactful performance experience which they reprise for the first time at Sydney Fringe Festival.
Drawing from the novel “Tous les matins de monde” (All the mornings of the world), the film version of which starred the legendary actor Gérard Depardieu and featured virtuoso viola da gambist Jordi Savall on the sound track, Master and Pupil is an acutely sensitive examination of the bonds between two great artists at different stages of their careers: the young Marin Marais, appointed to the Court of Louis XIV and probably the greatest viola da gambist of all time, and his musical mentor, the world weary, reclusive Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe. Adding tragic spice to the mix is a love triangle between Sainte-Colombe's two musician daughters and the ambitious Marais.
Written and performed by James Fraser.
Accompanied live by The Marais Project: Belinda Montgomery, voice; Tommie Andersson lute and theorbo, Jennifer Eriksson and Catherine Upex, viola da gamba