“The viols wrap around each other as lovers, entwined in a sensual dance of melody and meter…” (Brad Syke, Australian Stage 08/01/2013)
Josie and the Emeralds are the fabulous early music soprano Josie Ryan and some of Australia’s finest viol players such as Laura Vaughan, Laura Moore, Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex, Alice Chance, Imogen Granwal, Annika Stagg, Anthea Cottee and Margo Adelson. Guest artists have included Wendy Gillespie, Lisa Terry, Mary Springfels and Sarah Mead, Rebecca Humphrey, (all from USA), Joelle Morton (Canada), Elizabeth Rumsey, (Switzerland), Jacques Emery and Belinda Montgomery.
Based in Sydney, Australia, the group performs medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music. Brooke Green’s arrangement of Pandolfo’s Albanese – a moving lament from the perspective of a refugee mother – has been popularly viewed on You Tube.
Josie and the Emeralds’ programmes have been variously themed around topics as diverse as the lives of Jeanne d’Arc, Orlando Gibbons and Dorothy Porter. One of their most sumptuous programmes was for the National Gallery of Australia: Music and Painting of the Italian Renaissance exploring connections between music and art. In 2018 JATE presented Music in this Stillness: 5 concerts of 15th century music along with several premieres of works commissioned by the Art Gallery of NSW in association with The Lady and The Unicorn Exhibition.
Since 2011, Josie and the Emeralds have appeared each November at the Glebe Music Festival. Their recordings have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM and Fine Music. Their CD The Emerald Leopard (Tall Poppies) includes works by Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Morley, Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin Andrea Pandolfo and Brooke Green.