Events 2015

Ensemble Offspring, Sydney’s champions of the new, and Ironwood, trailblazers for the early, invite you to a breathtaking world of sound. Like floating through a forest, Broken Consorts will envelop you in a cocoon of bristlings, warblings and ethereal reverberations—a musical experience that exists across and beyond time. Read more

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Known worldwide for their adventurous musical spirit and instrumental virtuosity, sister groups from opposite ends of the globe, Aventa Ensemble and Ensemble Offspring team up with Brisbane new comers Kupka’s Piano in a one time coming together of distinctive new musical voices. Read more

Sizzle 2015

One of our most loved annual events, Sizzle is classical music without the formal wear–a place to relax and enjoy new sounds, from art music to pop music and everything in between. Read more

It’s 1968 and a young upstart sitting in Manhattan, rewrites the history of Western music on his terms and from scratch. Ensemble Offspring take Glass’s very early ‘dots’ and turns them into music—melody, harmony and counterpoint. Read more

Sydney’s musical mavericks, Ensemble Offspring, bring you virtuosic solos by minimalist heroes Steve Reich, Michael Gordon and Nico Muhly, and new Australian chamber music. Read more

Hear Ensemble Offspring at play in a set of musical games. Negotiating morse de-coders, decision trees and live computer scores, Sydney’s champions of innovative new music will dive headlong into a sonic arena where the final result is unknown! Read more

In the centre of Casula Powerhouse’s vast Turbine Hall stands a giant tree-like structure made from brightly coloured plastic tubes: a garish clash of organic forms and artificial materials. Read more

Taking place from the 20th-25th September, Ensemble Offspring will be ensemble in residence alongside internationally acclaimed new music groups, Ensemble Intercontemporain (France) and Vocal Séquence (Switzerland). Read more

In 1995, Roger Woodward took a punt on a handful of young musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium. Twenty years and hundreds of premieres later, Ensemble Offspring is still pushing boundaries, breaking rules, and delighting audiences around the world. Future Retro brings together gargantuan compositions from our past (Concert 2: Retro) with five exciting new commissions (Concert 1: Future).
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Cult Italian composer Fausto Romitelli described his final work An Index of Metals as an ‘electric poem’ that explodes the possibilities of the opera format. In this fiercely contemporary Australian premiere, we meet Romitelli’s challenge. Read more