Kontiki Racket

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A visceral world of living and breathing new sounds, sinuous, sculptural and sizzling, in the form of a two-day festival event at Paddington Town Hall. Kontiki Racket counterpoints Ensemble Offspring with Adelaide’s celebrated string ensemble Zephyr Quartet, and throws in Hatched Academy artists past and current as well as a live installation of our latest line up of Offspring Bites videos. An immersive event showcasing the latest new music from around the globe in an expedition of invention.

Bringing the festival vibe will be Kontiki Bazaar, a market activating the giant Paddington Town Hall space by bringing together artist salon talks (featuring composers Christopher Fox (London), Cat Hope (Melbourne), Hilary Kleinig (Adelaide) and Nicole Murphy (Brisbane), a Meet the Artist social corner, a weird and wonderful instrument corner, a music swap table for all your old sheet music, CDs and LPs, and local food and beverage providers and local artisans.

Finally as part of Kontiki Racket we will be launching our 2019 Offspring Bites release, featuring world premiere recordings by Cassie To, Holly Harrison, Bree van Reyk, Andrea Keller and Melody Eötvös – with screenings of the video art commissioned to complement these stunning new works written for and recorded by Ensemble Offspring by Peter Humble, Rowena Crowe, Cassie To and Su-An Ng.


Friday 21 June, 6.30pm & 8:30pm
Saturday 22 June, 5pm & 7pm

Paddington Town Hall

Tickets: $65 ($35 concession) (+BF)

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CONCERT 1 – Ensemble Offspring #1 ‘Raining’

Friday 21st 6:30pm

Olivia Davies – Femme (electro-acoustic)
Missy Mazzoli – Orizzonte (piano & electronics) 5’
Christopher Fox – Iron Rain (percussion, electric guitar, piano) 13’ WP
Nicole Lizée – New Work (percussion solo) 10’ WP
Yannis Kyriakides – Zeimbekiko 1918 (electric guitar, violin & electronics) 11’

CONCERT 2 – Hatched Academy Associate Artist Henry Justo & Friends ‘Creating’

Friday 21st 8:30pm

Yannis Kyriakides – Music for Viola 12’
Luciano Berio – Naturale (viola, percussion & electronics) 20’
Alice Humphries – New Work (trumpet solo) 8’ WP
Samantha Wolf – New Work (trio) 8’ WP

CONCERT 3 – Zephyr Quartet ‘Breathing’

Saturday 22nd 5pm

Brendan Woithe – New Work (string quartet & electronics) 11’ WP
Cat Hope – Wall Drawing (string quartet, theremin & electronics) 11’
Lisa Cheney – When We Speak (cello & electronics) 12’
Anna Meredith – Music for Ravens (string quartet) 3’ AP 
Hilary Kleinig – New Work (string quartet) 4’
Caroline Shaw – Valencia (string quartet) 6′

CONCERT 4 – Ensemble Offspring #2 ‘Stealing’

Saturday 22nd 7pm

Nicole Murphy – Stolen (electric guitar, piano, violin, clarinet, double bass, percussion, conductor) 12’ AP
Kaija Saariaho – Lichtbogen (flute, percussion, harp, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, conductor & electronics) 17’
Fausto Romitelli – Professor Bad Trip Lesson 1 (flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, electric guitar, conductor) 14’

WP=World Premiere
AP= Australian Premiere


Claire Edwardes (Artistic Director/percussion)
Roland Peelman (conductor)
Véronique Serret (violin)
Anna McMichael (violin)
Blair Harris (cello)
Kirsty McCahon (double bass)
Rowan Phemister (harp)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Zubin Kanga (piano/keyboard)
Joe Fallon (electric guitar)
Zephyr Quartet (Hilary Kleinig, Jason Thomas, Emily Tulloch, Emma Perkins (Guest))
Henry Justo (viola – Hatched Academy 2019 Associate Artist)
Callum G’Froerer (trumpet)
Niki Johnson (percussion)

Supported by City of Sydney