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The Great Acceleration

The ’90s were a transformative period for Australia and the world. ‘Creative Nation’ proclaimed the importance of art in life and in society and the Mabo decision set off a chain reaction culminating in Paul Keating’s Redfern Address and the Australian Parliament’s landmark Native Title Act in 1993.

The internet arrived, changing everything from journalism to music to how we talk to each other.

Meanwhile the scientific community’s urgent concerns at the mounting evidence of anthropogenic climate change trickled into the political sphere at a painfully slow rate. So much, in such a short time.

For The Great Acceleration we take inspiration from and reflect on our establishment as group in 1995, our shared past and how all of this has culminated in this curious and worrying time we find ourselves in here in Australia in 2020.

Ensemble Offspring will be joined by Queensland band Topology and up and coming guitarists Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi and together they will revisit classic works from the ’90s, splicing them together with five new commissions reflecting on Australia’s current cultural, climate and political situation.

The Great Acceleration promises a multi-layered, multimedia feast of music, ideas and positive messages for the future.

PERFORMANCE

Saturday 28 November 7pm, Music Workshop
Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROGRAM

Paul Mac – Redfern Speech (2019)
Peter Sculthorpe – Tropica (2 guitars, percussion, double bass, violin, bass clarinet) (1992)
Jessica Wells – Interlude 1 (politics) (2020) WP
Robert Davidson – New Work (2 guitars, percussion, piano, double bass, violin, bass clarinet)  (2020) WP
Jessica Wells – Interlude 2 (environment) (2020) WP
Felicity Wilcox – New Work (2 guitars, percussion, piano, double bass, violin, bass clarinet)  (2020) WP
Jessica Wells – Interlude 3 (acceleration) (2020) WP
Nigel Westlake – Tall Tales but True (2 guitars, percussion, piano, double bass, violin, bass clarinet) (1992)

Performers

Jason Noble (bass clarinet)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Andrew Blanch (guitar)
Ariel Nurhadi (guitar)
Robert Davidson (double bass)
Sonya Lifschitz (piano)
Christa Powell (violin)