26 April 2014We just completed our final recording session for our debut CD where we recorded Bone-Burning Tunes based on poetry by Dorothy Porter, including her mesmerising Emerald Leopard. Fingers crossed for the CD release in July.
20 April 2014Josie and the Emeralds rehearsing at MLC Burwood for a performance of Brooke Green’s Bone Burning Tunes based on poetry by Dorothy Porter.
1 August 2013
Brooke Green’s Suite for Viol Quartet Shades of Presence Past is now available from PRB Music.
25th July 2013
Brooke Green’s The Shades for Viol Quartet is one of four prizewinners and wins Audience Prize at the Tenth International Leo M.Traynor Competition for New Music for Viols. Available for purchase from The Viola da Gamba Society of America
24th March, 2013
“It is easy to become a fan of the group Josie and the Emeralds. Gigs see the group celebrating their identity as a modern viol consort in all senses of the term….
Timely Paschal drama was reflected in the music chosen and was dazzling in the capable voices of the group’s vocalist Josie Ryan with guest soprano, Belinda Montgomery. The staging and delivery of Guillaume Bouzignac’s motet Ecce Homo featuring Pontius Pilate in the pulpit and a bloodthirsty crowd at altar steps below was riveting…
The viol players displaying the consort’s characteristic timbre shone like the true jewels they are…”
Review: TRAVELING TO THE QUESTION, Sydney Arts Guide, Paul Nolan,
27th February 2013
Josie and The Emeralds
Press Release for Traveling to the Question concert, Saturday March 23.
What do Nick Cave, Hildegard of Bingen and Martin Heidegger have in common? The viola da gamba! Or more specifically, five violas da gamba and two sopranos. Woven together in a newly commissioned work by Brooke Green, Traveling to the Question will premiere at a special performance by Josie and the Emeralds presented by the Glebe Music Festival.
In one of the first concerts in the newly renovated Glebe Town Hall, The Glebe Music Festival presents Josie and the Emeralds in Traveling to the Question: Renaissance and contemporary music with two of Sydney’s most beloved early music sopranos, Josie Ryan and Belinda Montgomery and Sydney’s premiere viol consort: The Emerald City Viols.
After their second triumphant appearance at the Glebe Music Festival, Josie and the Emeralds are presenting a special concert with the celebrated U.S. viola da gamba player, Mary Springfels. Mary Springfels is one of the most sought-after viola da gamba players in the U.S. and this will be her only concert appearance in her brief visit to Sydney. For this concert Mary will perform as soloist and as co-musical director with Brooke Green.
Josie Ryan and Belinda Montgomery are two of Sydney’s leading early music sopranos and this is a rare chance to hear them sing together.
The Renaissance part of the programme is both sacred and secular, including sumptuous music for Lent and Holy Week, a Palm Sunday masterpiece, heart-rending madrigals and witty, fascinating, brain twisting instrumental music by Weelkes, Jenkins, Tye, Parsons, Picforth, Byrd and Hume.
On the contemporary side, Josie and the Emeralds will perform some of Brooke Green’s recent work as well as two premieres. L’esprit rigole completes her suite for viol consort that was partially premiered at the Glebe Music Festival in 2012. Traveling to the Question, for two sopranos and five viols is a commission where Brooke was asked to reference the work of Hildegard of Bingen, Nick Cave and Martin Heidegger. How could one even think of combining these seemingly incompatible elements? Come along to find out!
Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Rd, Glebe
Saturday March 23, 4pm
$30 (full price), $25 (students and pensioners)
limited seating, bookings advisable via this link
8th January 2013
Critical acclaim for Josie and the Emeralds
‘the viols wrap around each other as lovers, entwined in a sensual dance of melody and meter.”
“…obvious excellence and discipline…”
“…the ensemble allows us to savour Gibbons’ talents without distraction, since its members communicate his compositions not merely flawlessly, but resplendently…”
“Ryan’s vocals clarion, yet superbly controlled, defined and refined,
with no shrill or sharp edges.”
“In Edwards and Kats-Chernin we’ve two of our finest treasures, but another came to the fore in this concert, in the eccentric and daring compositional skills of Green herself.”
Review of Gibbons and the New: Josie and the Emeralds, Glebe Music Festival, 2012, by Brad Syke, Australian Stage 08/01/13