A sonic wonderland of dream, fantasy and drama is set to be unleashed with Ensemble Offspring’s 2017 season of supersensory stimulation. New works inspired by birdcalls and honeybees, a voyage through the oldest of stories, and a dive into the nocturnal imagination are just some of the hallucinatory excursions on offer in this sometimes intimate, sometimes overwhelming series of surprises.
Featuring 16 world premieres, for 2017 Ensemble Offspring has assembled a calendar of work exclusively composed by women from Australia and abroad. Kicking off with an outrageously talented lineup celebrating International Women’s Day, Arc Electric will showcase composers whose imaginations know no limits. Seven Stories will turn to the common narratives that cross cultures and history with unexpected contributions from artists from the worlds of pop, rock and screen composition, while Who Dreamed It? dives head-first into the surreal underworld of fairytales, dreams and delirious delight.
Throughout it all, Ensemble Offspring maintains the commitment to rich, refined and aurally intriguing new experiences that has cemented its reputation as the country’s top exponents of living music.
Close your eyes and jump in.
JANUARY 7-13 Carriageworks, presented by Sydney Festival and Sydney Chamber Opera, in association with Ensemble Offspring
A new production by composer Mary Finsterer and librettist Tom Wright performed with Ensemble Offspring and Sydney Chamber Opera. Based on the life of polymath Gerolamo Cardano (played by Mitchell Butel) – inventor of algebra, brilliant surgeon, gambler, philosopher and heretic. A contemporary opera, inspired by Renaissance music and thought.
MARCH 4 & 5, Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, presented as part of All About Women Festival 2017
MARCH 8, The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, presented on International Women’s Day
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Ensemble Offspring perform a showcase of curious, bold and brilliant compositions by women from around the world.
Bringing together works from renowned Australian composers Liza Lim and Kate Moore, towering Finnish legend Kaija Saariaho and emerging talent from home and abroad, Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes, Melody Eötvös and Cassie To, this is music to be seen, heard and felt..
APRIL 23, 3pm, Petersham Bowling Club
Sizzle is contemporary classical music without the formal wear – a place to relax and enjoy new sounds – from art music to pop music and everything in between – in 2017 featuring work by female artists including Sirens Big Band, Ensemble Offspring’s own Bree van Reyk, Melbourne’s Aviva Endean and interactive music by Elizabeth Jigalin with instruments sourced from Reverse Garbage (Marrickville).
CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
APRIL 29 – MAY 6 , Canberra
Ensemble Offspring is immersed into the Canberra International Festival of Music, across a number of programs, including the presentation of their children’s production, Blinky Bill and a special program of female composers in the National Portrait Gallery, as well as participation in the performance of Harvest of Endurance, with Song Company and William Yang, and Mussorgski/Yu Pictures at an Exhibition.
JUNE 3, 7:30pm, City Recital Hall, presented by Ensemble Offspring, City Recital Hall and the Creative Music Fund
They say there are seven stories that encompass all others, but what would they sound like as music? Hear the oldest of tales with new ears as seven genre-defying composers from across the Australian artistic landscape, including Amanda Brown (The Go-Betweens) and Jodi Phillis (The Clouds), turn their creative minds towards the legends and lore that litter human history. Accompanied by original text by Hilary Bell, video by Sarah-Jane Woulahan and featuring soprano Jane Sheldon.
SEPTEMBER 23 2pm & 8pm, Bay 20 Carriageworks, presented by Carriageworks and Ensemble Offspring
Dreams, fairytales and fate are the inspiration behind a phantasmagoric concert that might be the soundtrack of a sleeping mind. Showcasing US-based Australian soprano, Jessica Aszodi, and an expanded line-up of instrumentalists on stage, this suite of surprising and beguiling works will lead the listener down the unmapped byways of the imagination.
Featuring Chin, Walshe, Illean, Abbasi and Hsieh.
Special Guests: Cathy Milliken, Jessica Aszodi
Successful applicants (two composers and two performers) will travel to Sydney twice throughout 2017 to participate in the Hatched Academy. The Academy will feature two separate week-long sessions in Sydney — the first culminating in Sizzle (20-23 April 2017) and the second based around our Carriageworks concert Who Dreamed It? with a session in Sydney from 25-29 September 2017.