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Crunch. Boom. Grind. Ensemble Offspring transforms the Utzon Room with music of today and the sounds of tomorrow.

Creak. Groan. Fizz. Like an old machine gradually coming to life, we hear the rhythmic drive of American composers David Lang and Annie Gosfield. 

Pulse, pop, shake. Sounds rooted in jazz emerge from music by pianist and composer, Andrea Keller (2017 Merlyn Myer Music Commission), and Sydney composer Fiona Hill (Noisy Women Commission) transports us to a meditative other-world in a work for sextet so new the ink will still be wet.


February 11, 3pm, Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House


Fiona Hill – Pentography (2018) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano (World Premiere) 10’
Andrea Keller – Love in Solitude (2017) for piano, percussion, flute, clarinet + electronics 15′
Thomas Meadowcroft – Medieval Rococo (2016) for keyboard, percussion, flute, clarinet + electronics 12’
Annie Gosfield – Cranks & Cactus Needles (2000) for flute, piano, violin, cello 6’
David Lang – Cheating, Lying, Stealing (1993, rev. 1995) for piano, percussion, cello, bass clarinet, and brake drums 10’5
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Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Veronique Serret (violin)
Blair Harris (cello)
Jacob Abela (piano)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)

Media & Acclaim

“4.5 stars. This was a cracking start to Ensemble Offspring’s 2018…

The hypnotic work [Pentography] charted a course…tranquil warmth and dream-like passages… and finally a sense of stillness and calm…

In the hands of Veronique Serret on violin, Blair Harris on cello, Lamorna Nightingale on flute and Jacob Abela on piano [Cranks and Cactus Needles] lurched through warping pitches and crunching, driving rhythms, a visceral conjuring of the decay of now defunct technology.”

Angus McPherson, Limelight

“If you think New Music is not for you, go see Ensemble Offspring, the musical alchemists who bring irresistible magic, joy and hair-raising virtuosity to music of today. Their ‘Hark the Machine’ concert at the Sydney Opera House took the standing room only audience in the Utzon Room on an electrifying journey from the heart-achingly tender Love in Solitude by Andrea Keller to the explosively exciting Cheating, Lying, Stealing by David Lang. The breathtaking chemistry between these musicians kept you riveted to every nuance and musical gesture that eminated from their instruments, weaving a rich and deeply satisfying tapestry of sound, colour and movement.”

Sonya Lifschitz – audience member

“…that was an amazing gig today. The program was top notch and your welcoming chats before each piece were such a fun, welcoming entry point…”

Paul Mac – audience member

“…your concert in the Utzon room was tremendous I thought. I particularly liked Fiona’s piece…”

Anonymous – audience member

“…That really was a very fine concert yesterday – has resonated with me ever since. Thanks for a thrilling event….”

Anonymous – audience member