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2019 Quotes & Reviews

SOLITUDE TOUR (EUROPE)

The Night With – Glasgow

“4 Stars. This re-moulding of electronic dance music for a small chamber group was an Antipodean cousin to some of the work of our own award-winning Anna Meredith, and its placing at the conclusion of this cleverly-paced programme was another eloquent reminder of music as an international language.” – Keith Bruce, The Herald.

“On two of the earlier pieces, Jane Stanley’s Glow and Kate Moore’s Blackbird Song, it was Nightingale’s flute that particularly impressed. The latter was delightfully filmic and clearly a work – again written especially for the group – that the musicians have made very personal.” – Keith Bruce, The Herald.

“With welcomed personality, Ensemble Offspring engage with listeners and share context of the presented works, with stories of collaboration and rehearsal, and ongoing relationships with the particular composers they perform. That gesture, wrapped up with energy, commitment, and equity in the music they play, is why this ensemble has gained wide respect in new music.” – Miles Oakey, I Care If You Listen

From our collaborators in Europe
“Ensemble Offspring just oozes personality. A lot of groups can play at a high level. What makes Offspring really special is that after a concert, you feel like you know each and every one of them. They are a ‘band’ in every sense of the word.” – David Dramm

Matthew Whiteside succinctly describes Ensemble Offspring as “fucking amazing!”

“Ensemble Offspring is a great ensemble, embodying the classic Australia can-do attitude. They are both easy-going and take their art very seriously. Their dedication to new music and bringing my creation to life, with all of its musical and technological challenges was inspiring! They are not just players but open minded committed musicians with living, breathing ideas about the current state of music – which is what made their performances such rich, multi-faceted experiences.” – Ned McGowan

Global Adapter – Berlin
“It sparkled in them, a joy about making music, a bliss to make music sound and the love of the thing itself: in short, enthusiasm. You could feel something incomparable and irreplaceable happen. Maybe something indelible. ” – Martin Hufner, NMZ Online

KONTIKI RACKET

“Ensemble Offspring doesn’t shy away from music that can be challenging for both players and audience, but if die-hard new music enthusiasts might have longed for one or two large-scale works – Berio’s Naturale was the only piece to hit the 20-minute mark – this festival was no less satisfying for being digestible, with uniformly high-quality performances and clever programming…” – Angus McPherson, Limelight Magazine

“Kontiki Racket wasn’t just these four mainstage performances, however, with food and drink contributing to the warm atmosphere in the Town Hall, and the Kontiki Bazaar offering a CD and sheet music swap, lessons on musical saws (and at one point Theremin) and an instrument petting zoo” – Angus McPherson, Limelight Magazine

“Kontiki Racket was fantastic – loved the music, loved playing the instruments, loved the venue, loved the food and wine!” – Audience Member.

SIZZLE

“The whole day was a gift from Ensemble Offspring – so nice to have a memento in the form of the beautiful photos by Chris Hayles.” – Audience Member

“What a fabulous and unforgettable experience Sizzle 2019 was! Our kids creating music with professionals, working with living composers and performing in a professional setting was a once in a lifetime opportunity for them.” – Audience Member

SUPPRESSION DAM

“…a texture would be established through repeating evolving patterns until a new rhythm emerged and started to dominate, dragging the mind into hearing the patterns in a new speed or context. The shifts in pace provided a change in perspective, as though constantly realising one’s perceptions are part of something larger.” – Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

 “Wonderful performances that brought the Turbine Hall to life .” – audience member

POLYTOPES DE LAUNCESTON

 “the undoubted highlight of the free program in the city was Robin Fox’s laser and music show in Albert Hall… with the event closing on Saturday night at 11pm with a special live performance by the Ensemble Offspring. There were 5 parts to the performance, which featured drums and the harpsichord, primarily, and proved an incredible experience.” – Larry Heath, AU Review