Who Dreamed It?

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Dreams, fairytales and fate are the inspiration behind a phantasmagoric concert that might be the soundtrack of a sleeping mind.

With US-based Australian soprano Jessica Aszodi showcased at its centre, this suite of surprising and beguiling works will lead the listener down the unmapped byways of the imagination.

Step into the enchanted worlds of Unsuk Chin’s classic 7-part ensemble work Acrostic-Wordplay, an inventive recasting of seven fairytale scenes featuring a weird and wonderful array of instruments including mandolin, harp, antique cymbals and marimba. Be caught up in London-based Australian composer Lisa Illean’s dream-inspired international co-commission Cantor, and bewitched by Irish performer and composer Jennifer Walshe’s wildly irreverent Everything you own has been taken to a depot somewhere. Also featuring new work by Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh and Anahita Abbasi, Who Dreamed It? will reawaken your senses to the magic of music that knows no boundaries.

Photo credit (above): Chris Frape


23 SEPTEMBER, 2pm, Bay 20, Carriageworks

presented by Carriageworks and Ensemble Offspring



Jennifer Walshe – Everything you own has been taken to a depot somewhere (2013) 10′
Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh – Half-Open Beings (2017) (World Premiere) 14′
Anahita Abbasi – Incipio, bio (2017) (World Premiere) 12′
Lisa Illean – Cantor (after Willa Cather) (2017) (World Premiere) 13′
Unsuk Chin – Akrostichon-Wortspiel (1991) 16′


Jessica Aszodi (soprano)
Roland Peelman (conductor)
Veronique Serret (violin)
James Wannan (viola)
Blair Harris (cello)
Kirsty McCahon (double bass)
Michael Hooper (mandolin)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Zubin Kanga (piano)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Ngaire de Korte (oboe)
Rowan Phemister (harp)

Fausto Brusamolino (lighting design)
Bob Scott (sound)

More about Who Dreamed It?

Full program notes and biographies available here

Watch composer, Lisa Illean, on her new work, Cantor.

Read Lisa’s reflections on Cantor here.

View our gallery of images and quotes from the premiere of Who Dreamed It? here.

Media & Acclaim

“Aszodi’s performance was superb, singing with brightness and ringing clarity and she, conductor Roland Peelman and the ensemble created an enchanting universe of absurdity, irrational dreams and maddening logic over seven movements.”
Peter McCallum, SMH
“It’s a ballsy move to open a concert of such uncompromisingly demanding (albeit beautiful) music with a work which systematically undercuts artistic pretention. But when you play these works with such persuasive articulacy, you can get away with pretty much anything. Bravi.”
Harriet Cunningham, A Cunning Blog
“Ensemble Offspring performed superbly, playing the game with Aszodi with observable watchfulness between members, whether as a trio or, wonderful to witness, a sizeable team admirably coached by Roland Peelman.”
Keith Gallasch, RealTime


Ensemble Offspring thanks the generous donors to the Ensemble Offspring Noisy Egg Creation Fund for supporting the commission of Anahita Abbasi, and Kim Williams for supporting the commission of Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh.

Thanks to the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund for the generous support of Cantor, by Lisa Illean, and the City of Sydney for supporting the production of Who Dreamed It?