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Events 2006

Flexible Eclectic

Iconic works for open instrumentation

Flexible Eclectic



Flexible Eclectic is the first of Ensemble Offspring’s 2006 projects. In this concert the group will perform three works in the tradition of “open instrumentation”: works deliberately designed to be interpreted by radically different groups of instruments. Four6 by the controversial John Cage is a provocative work for “any means of producing sound”. Read more

Surreal Interlude

Experimental film with live music

Surreal Interlude



Ensemble Offspring puts challenging new music to four classics of experimental film. Three of the four films feature unique music responses recently composed by Michael Finnissy and Stephen Whittington while Entr’acte returns to the original score by the eccentric composer Erik Satie. Read more

Whirlwind of Time

A concert of spectral wonders

Whirlwind of Time

Whirlwind of Time takes its name from Gérard Grisey’s monumental chamber-work Vortex Temporum. Grisey is one of the father figures of “spectral” music, a movement that began in the 1970s in Paris and is emerging today as one of the most influential directions in contemporary classical composition. Read more

Light is Calling

Music and video as one

Light is Calling



Light is Calling takes its name from the work of renowned film-maker Bill Morrison and composer Michael Gordon. Morrison collects decayed film footage to digitally re-assemble a subtle meditation on the fleeting nature of life and love. Morrison’s forgotten stories are set beautifully to music with a score by New York’s Bang-on-a-Can composer Michael Gordon Read more

Plastic Noise

Chance music revisited

Plastic Noise

Plastic Noise is Ensemble Offspring’s second project in 2006 that explores ‘open-form’ music: music that is deliberately designed to provoke a multiplicity of possible interpretations. Ensemble Offspring has teamed up with one of the country’s most respected improvisers, Jim Denley, who will work with the ensemble in presenting their first Read more