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Read Angus McPherson’s Limelight review of Kontiki Racket Festival highlighting our fun ‘instrument petting zoo’ as well as the fact that 14 of our 20 programmed composers were women. 

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Melbourne-based composer and pun enthusiast Samantha Wolf is quickly gaining recognition as one of Australia’s most distinctive young voices. A graduate of the Queensland and Melbourne Conservatoriums, and the recipient of numerous awards, her music has been described as ‘haunting’ ‘enigmatic’ and ‘inspired’. She uses elements of solo, chamber, choral, band and orchestral works, interdisciplinary collaborations, and electroacoustic and fixed media works that incorporate noise, speech, and found sounds.

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Alice Humphries is an incredibly versatile composer, arranging work across the jazz and contemporary classical worlds. Her world premiere “Patience” will be performed at Kontiki Racket Festival this month.

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Missy Mazzoli is truly one of a kind. With a reputation for “being consistently inventive” and “daring” she’s also been labelled as “Brooklyn’s Post-millennial Mozart”. We’ll be performing her work ‘Orrizonte’ at our upcoming Kontiki Racket Festival.

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Christopher Fox is a British-based composer whose work has been described as “impossible to categorise”. We’ll be performing his new work ‘Iron Rain‘ at our upcoming Kontiki Racket Festival.

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Hilary is the cellist and a driving force behind Adelaide’s premier string group, Zephyr Quartet. Her new work ‘Exquisite Peace’ will feature as part of the quartet’s eclectic program at our 2019 Kontiki Racket Festival.

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In February of this year Ensemble Offspring presented Hark the Machine, at Sydney Opera House. ABC Classic FM’s Stephen Adams has devoted one of his in-depth podcast episodes to this remarkable event, for New Waves: Read more

We are thrilled to announce that our Hatched Academy Associate Artist for 2019 will be viola player Henry Justo. Henry comes to us from being an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and an Australian Youth Orchestra Associate Principal Viola. He also struck a spark during our most recent Sizzle! 

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Ever wondered what a composer is thinking about when they create a new work for a particular artist? Listen here to hear composers Tristan Coelho and Alex Pozniak discuss how they went about creating their works, A line is a dot that went for a walk and en Masse, soon to be premiered at Spectral Tech.

Spectral Tech was performed at 7pm Saturday 29 September, at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. You can listen to the ABC recording of the concert HERE.

At the Australian Music Centre Art Music Awards Ensemble Offspring is thrilled to see works we performed win in two categories, both Choral/Vocal Work of the Year and Instrumental Work of the Year.

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