Why Patterns?

A novel look at patterns in music

Borrowing its name from the mesmersing work of Morton Feldman, Ensemble Offspring takes a novel look at patterns in music with Why Patterns? Focusing on the concept of ‘process music’, from which the extremely popular Minimalist movement emerged, the Ensemble will present an unexpected selection of composers who have created a transparent music that is sometimes humorous, 
often funky and always fresh.


John Lely – Desk Bells (2006) 

Larry Polansky – Ensembles of Note (1998) 

Morton Feldman – Why Patterns? (1978)

Tom Johnson – Bedtime Stories (1985) 

Kate Moore – Sensitive Spot
Steve Reich – New York Counterpoint (1982)


Lamorna Nightingale (flute)

Jason Noble (clarinet)

Claire Edwardes (percussion)

Zubin Kanga (piano)

Past Performances

Canberra The Street Theatre, 6pm Saturday 20th November 2010
Darwin Merge Festival, University Theatre, Charles Darwin University, 7pm Fri 11th – Wed 16th February 2011
Canberra The Street Theatre, 6pm Sunday 
20th February 2011
Sydney Campbelltown Arts Centre Studio, 8pm Saturday 26th February 2011

Media & Acclaim

“The group’s Artistic Directors, composer Damien Ricketson and percussionist Claire Edwardes, have assembled a diverse yet satisfyingly cohesive program, revealing emotion and wit in unexpected places” Read more

Canberra Times