Intarsia is an emerging duo of performers from diverse backgrounds. Jo May and Sarah Matthews have worked together since 2018, combining voice, violin, viola, octave fiddle, tenor guitar, balafon and a whole range of other percussion instruments. The sounds of these wooden instruments blend to create intricate delivery of original and traditional material inspired by English songs, European dance tunes, West African rhythms and more. Intarsia’s debut album Sistere was released in October 2020.
“Jo May, with her extraordinary ability on percussion, supported beautifully by Sarah Matthews. An album filled with musical delights – complex and simple rhythms from all around the world, put together beautifully with Jo and Sarah’s great sensibility and obvious passion for playing music with each other.” – James Fagan, Thank Goodness It’s Folk
“Sistere is a hugely entertaining musical journey that features contemporary dance tunes and emotional voice-and-percussion pieces.” – Dave Haslam – Rock n Reel
“The most original album I’ve heard in 12 months.” – Trevor Krueger Folk Show
Photo by Mel Biggs.