Noisy Egg Commissions

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Commissioning and premiering new music is at the heart of what we do here at Ensemble Offspring. We’re particularly proud of our track record and of what we’ve been able to achieve together with our supporters to contribute to our living Australian culture and to a vibrant contemporary classical music scene. Keep reading to find out more about our forthcoming, current and past commissions and how you can help us bring new work to life. 

CAN YOU SUPPORT A NEW COMMISSION?

We have many exciting ground-breaking new works in development for performance in 2018, for which we are seeking financial support. With four highly popular international composers committed to new commissions from Ensemble Offspring in 2018, it really is a bit of a coup, reflecting upon the high regard in which the ensemble is held internationally – but these are the most challenging creations to realise as they are more expensive and less well known at home – so we need your help.

If you would like to support and help us bring these commissions to fruition you can make a tax deductible donation through the Give Now website (donations over $2). If you would like to donate through other means, please call Ensemble Offspring Development Manager Anna Kamaralli on 0421 238 636 or email her here.

Completed Commissions 

2018

Fiona Hill – Pentography (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion) 10′ 
Generously supported by Noisy Women donors.
Premiered 11th February at Hark the Machine, 2018. Watch Video.

Erik Griswold – Action Music II (open ensemble)
Generously supported by APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund.
Premiered at Artistree, Hong Kong, March 2018. Watch Video.

Kate Moore (Australia/Holland) – Trio (flute, clarinet, percussion)
Premiered at Spel Tour (presented by TURA New Music), Perth & Albany, Western Australia, September 2018.
Tristan Coelho (Australia) A line is a dot that went for a walk
Generously supported by Baiba Berzins. 

Premiered at Spectral Tech, 29 September 2018.

Holly Harrison (Australia) Bend/Boogie/Break
Generously supported by Penny Le Couteur and Greg Dickson. 

Premiered at Spectral Tech, 29 September 2018.

Alex Pozniak (Australia) En Masse
Generously supported by Charles Davidson. 

Premiered at Spectral Tech, 29 September 2018.

Andrew Ford (Australia) – Jezebel (voice and percussion duo)
Generously supported by Julian Burnside AO QC. 

Premiered at Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, October 2018.

Cathy Milliken (Australia/Germany) – Violin solo

Premiered at Lone Hemispheres, 4 December 2018.

Michael Smetanin (Australia) Four Angels (piano solo)
Generously supported by Charles Davidson.

Premiered at Lone Hemispheres, 4 December 2018.

Nicole Lizee (Canada) – Percussion solo
Generously supported by Peter Howard. 

Premiered at Lone Hemispheres, 4 December 2018.

Amanda Cole (Australia) Quartet (flute, clarinet, percussion, piano)
Premiered Hatched Summer School Closing Music Concert, Glebe Town Hall, 14 December 2018.
 

2017

Anahita Abbasi – Incipio, bibio (clarinet, percussion, soprano) 8′
Generously supported by donations to Ensemble Offspring’s Noisy Egg Creation Fund.
Premiered at Who Dreamed It? 23rd September 2017, Carriageworks.  Watch Video.

Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh – Half-Open Beings (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, double bass, percussion, piano) 8′
Generously supported by Kim Williams.
Premiered at Who Dreamed It? 23rd September 2017, Carriageworks. Watch Video

Lisa Illean, Cantor (after Willa Cather) (soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, piano) 15′
Commissioned by the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund. 
Premiered at Who Dreamed It? 23rd September 2017, Carriageworks. Watch Video.

Bree van Reyk – Light for the first time  (flute, clarinet violin, percussion, piano, playback or surround sound ensemble) 11′
Generously supported by Kim Williams.
Premiered as part of Sizzle 2017, 23rd April 2017, Petersham Bowling Club. Watch Video.

Aviva Endean – Ping Pong Pop (a game piece for spinning contrabass clarinet and ping pong balls) 
Generously supported by donations to Ensemble Offspring’s Noisy Egg Creation Fund
Premiered as part of Sizzle 2017, 23rd April 2017, Petersham Bowling Club. Watch Video.

Elizabeth Jigalin – Your Ears Are Appreciated (performance installation & concert piece) 
Generously supported by Kim Williams.
Premiered as part of Sizzle 2017, 23rd April 2017, Petersham Bowling Club. Watch Video.

Melody Eötvös – Tardigradus (piccolo, percussion and playback) 6′  
Generously supported by Kim Williams.
Premiered as part of Arc Electric – All About Women Festival, 5th March 2017, Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House.

Andrea KellerLove in Solitude (flute, clarinet, piano, percussion and playback) 15′
Generously supported by the Merlyn Myer Fund
Premiered 28th November 2017, Melbourne Recital Centre. Watch Video.

Jodi Phillis, Jane Sheldon, Caitlin Yeo, Amanda Brown, Bree van Reyk, Sally Whitwell, Kyls BurtlandSeven Stories (voice, violin, cello, clarinet, 2 percussion, piano) 
Generously supported by the Creative Music Fund (aka Arrow Collective).
Premiered as part of Vivid Sydney, 3rd June 2017, City Recital Hall. Watch Video.

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2016

Holly Harrison – Vibe Rant (flute, clarinet, vibraphone) 6′
Generously supported by Penny Le Couteur and Greg Dickson.
Premiered at Kontiki Racket, 12th November 2016, Nest Creative Space, Sydney. Watch Video.

Alex Pozniak – Of things to come (sextet)
Generously supported by Charles Davidson.
Premiered at Kontiki Racket, 13th November 2016, Nest Creative Space, Sydney. Watch Video.

Thomas Meadowcroft – Medieval Rococo (flute, clarinet, clavichord, percussion, electronics) 12′
Generously supported by donations to Ensemble Offspring’s Noisy Egg Creation Fund.
Premiered at Sizzle 2016, 24th April 2016, Petersham Bowling Club. Watch Video.

Simon James Philips – Flaw (organ, turntables, electronics, reel-to-reel tape machine, trumpet, percussion, double bass, cello, violins) 35′
Premiered with the Australian Art Orchestra, 23rd January 2016, Exit Ceremonies, Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  Watch Video.

2015

Tristan Coelho – read/write error (flute, clarinet, clavichord, percussion, electronics) 13′
Premiered 25th October 2015, Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Watch Video

Felicity Wilcox – Uncovered Ground (baroque string trio, flute, violin, bass clarinet, prepared piano, percussion) 11′
Joint commission with Ironwood.
Premiered 20th February 2015, Baha’i Centre Hobart. Watch Video

2014

Damien Ricketson – The Secret Noise (trio, dancers, actor) 60′
Premiered 20th November 2014, Lower Sydney Town Hall. Watch Video

Juan Felipe Waller – Detone Retune (sextet) 10′
Premiered 11th July 2014, Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House. Listen 

2013

Elena Kats Chernin – Chromatica (trio) 4′
Premiered 14th July 2013, Petersham Bowling Club. Watch Video.