Critical Acclaim

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“Ensemble Offspring were in fine form, presenting some of their most scintillating performances yet.”

Matthew Lorenzon – Partial Durations (Arc Electric, Sydney)
“Ensemble Offspring’s tight-knit sextet delivers evolving colours and an intoxicating range of textures in Arc Electric, a feast of strange and vivid imagery.”

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“…not afraid to try new things, pushing the boundaries as an ensemble – both individually as performers but also in what they present to their diverse audiences.”
Kathryn Robinson – ClassikON (Kontiki Racket, Sydney)
“The concert was impressive for the brave choice of new music presented and the excellent musicianship and dedication of Ensemble Offspring to bring it to life.”
Daniel Kaan – ClassikON (Kontiki Racket ,Sydney)
“…the intimacy and strangeness of these inexplicable rituals was, at times, spell-binding.”

“…some beautifully crafted moments – all of the musicians are the real deal, and use their instruments with a conscious, bodily presence; and performers Narelle Benjamin, Katherine Cogill and Katia Molino were hypnotic.”

Georgia Symons – ArtsHub (The Secret Noise, Melbourne)
“Strong fluid and flexible contemporary dancers integrate the interesting sounds and music to bring the whole thing together. Their incredible strength, technique and stamina captivates us.”

“The Secret Noise is defying genres and discovering magical creative gems for audiences of all ages to share and enjoy.”

Joanna Simmons – Theatre Press (The Secret Noise, Melbourne)
“…the most engrossing passage of play came in a solo from Edwardes on keyed percussion: not over-complex, shaped with clear-speaking artistry…”
Clive O’Connell – The Age (The Secret Noise, Melbourne)
“…all three works on this remarkable program demonstrated uncompromising assertiveness.”
Clive O’Connell, The Sydney Morning Herald (Exit Ceremonies, Melbourne)

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“The result was a fresh and stimulating blend of the old and the new.”

“Throughout, imaginative scoring for Ensemble Offspring’s Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet), Zubin Kanga (prepared piano) and the marvellous percussionist Claire Edwardes, brought many delights.”

Peter Donnelly, The Mercury (Broken Consorts, Hobart)

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“The Ensemble Offspring orchestra excelled, especially in the quickfire transition to a demented big band uproar…The interplay between the words of Dante, Sanguineti, Eliot, Pound and the Bible—as sound—with the acoustic instrumentation and electronic score was exhilarating and, in the end, gently seductive…this moody, sometimes quite disturbing work made its mark in what was a standout festival concert.” Full review here
Keith Gallasch, RealTime (Hurricane Transcriptions/Laborintus II)

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“While the quartet’s six-part program showed these Sydney musicians to be confident in their fusion of improvisation, notation and electronics, the outstanding feature of this event was its consistent thread of interest.”

“Beyond Atmospheres, brought re-composers and players together in an engrossing construct that made a valid commentary on the original piece.”

“The ensemble players clearly relished their work…like this event itself, both consistent and chameleonic.”

Clive O’Connell, The Age (Ligeti Morphed)

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“the best I ever heard the piece played. Really, I’m serious. It really is. It absolutely is.” – Steve Reich commenting on the performance of Music for 18 Musicians in ‘Steve Reich: A Celebration’ with Synergy Percussion, Ensemble Offspring, Halcyon and Eighth Blackbird.

“an air of risk-taking pervaded the concert. The unusual sound sources such as megaphones, 78rpm recordings, buckets, bottles and sandpaper were better appreciated in solos and duos where the audience could closely watch the performers”
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“This hour-long promenade performance has its audience free to roam like wide-eyed shoppers. Scenes take place around and among us. The eye-catching percussionist Claire Edwardes and bass clarinet player Jason Noble play a mashed-up score of real, toy and cleverly invented instruments – interspersed with in-store announcements.”

Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald (Bargain Garden)

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“World New Music Days’ resident musicians Ensemble Offspring took over with chamber music from Canada, Denmark, France and the Antipodes. The first work, Bruce Crossman’s Not Broken Bruised Reed, quickly established just how good these musicians are. The performers played not just efficiently but with real style and charisma, making newborn works all their own.”

Harriet Cunningham, Sydney Morning Herald (ISCM World New Music Days)

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“This program, conducted by Roland Peelman explored this approach with considerable intellectual and musical subtlety. The last section, in which James Cuddeford heroically reached further and further into the violin’s screeching territory before pealing away in carefully measured arpeggios, illustrated the thrilling perils of thinking chords from the stars down.”

Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald (13 Colours)

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“Considerable intellectual and musical subtlety.”

Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

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