Ensemble Offspring are champions of adventurous new music. Presenting music from seminal chamber work to free improvisation, alongside the creation of striking interdisciplinary productions, the group embraces open-minded music making of all forms. Ensemble Offspring is committed to exploring new ways of making music, engaging audiences and pushing the boundaries of what music can be.
Based in Sydney, Ensemble Offspring is led by acclaimed percussionist, Claire Edwardes, and features a core line-up of six of Sydney’s most well-regarded musicians; Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet), Veronique Serret (violin), Bree van Reyk (drum kit & percussion) and Zubin Kanga (piano). Outside of Ensemble Offspring, our performers might be found performing with indigenous choirs, backing singer-songwriters, lecturing in philosophy and leading orchestras. The group frequently expands to include other instruments, and collaborates across genres and art forms, including theatre popular music, dance and opera, having worked with artists like Mike Patton, Katie Noonan, Theatre Kantanka and Sydney Chamber Opera.
With commissioning at the heart of the ensemble’s activities, Ensemble Offspring commissions many composers through its Noisy Egg Creation Fund and works closely with emerging and established Australian composers such as Mary Finsterer, Matthew Shlomowitz, Michael Smetanin, Rosalind Page and Kate Moore and international composers including Michael Norris, Simon Steen-Andersen, Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen and Michael Finnissy.
Further to regular touring commitments throughout Australia, Ensemble Offspring has performed in Europe and China and was ensemble in residence at the 2015 Shanghai New Music Week. In 2016, the group won the Art Music Award for Excellence by an Organisation, presented by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre. The Secret Noise, composed by Damien Ricketson, and presented by Ensemble Offspring, won the 2015 Art Music Award for Instrumental Work of the Year.
In 2015, Ensemble Offspring celebrated 20-years of performing new music, showing the growth of the group from a student ensemble co-founded by composers Matthew Shlomowitz and 20-year artistic director, Damien Ricketson, to esteemed professional ensemble it is today.