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 Read more
A novel look at patterns in music
Offspring meets the Splinter Orchestra
Cornelius Cardew’s epic Treatise on musical democracy invites all with open ears and a sense of imagination to join in the creation of music. In this unique rendition, the visually beautiful yet sonically ambiguous graphic score brings together Ensemble Offspring and the NOW now. With additional sets by the Splinter Orchestra and Read more
Mind-altering classical music
If you’ve ever wondered what classical music on drugs would sound like, look no further than the mind-bending sounds of Professor Bad Trip. Composed by the Italian artist Fausto Romitelli who died prematurely in 2004, Professor Bad Trip is where psychedelic rock lives on. Inspired by the comic artist Gianluca Lerici a.k.a. Professor Bad Trip Read more
A striking audio-visual work exploring the fragile medium of glass
When Lucia kills her husband in Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor, her ensuing descent into madness is accompanied by a glass harmonica: an angelic sounding instrument that fell from favour because it was thought to trigger insanity. When Ensemble Offspring laid their hands on the only glass harmonica in country, Donizetti’s ‘mad scene’ Read more
Brand new music on brand new instruments.
Following the lead of the iconic Harry Partch, whose music was so radical he needed to build his own orchestra of unique instruments to play it, Ensemble Offspring has commissioned the design of visually striking and sonically beautiful instruments to perform in these newly invented scales. Californian-come-Wollongong composer, instrument-builder Read more
A unique collaboration with Theatre Kantanka.
Bargain Garden is a toxic nightmare in all the pretty colours of the rainbow – a creative investigation into the world of bargain shops, consumerism and plastic. An interdisciplinary group of artists create a dramatic “surround” visual and aural performance fusing physical theatre, live and electronic music, design and multi-media. Read more