SUPPRESSION DAM

3 different musical groups in composite.

Ensemble Offspring joins two other celebrated international art music ensembles – International Contemporary Ensemble (New York/Chicago) and Ensemble Adapter (Berlin) – for a surround-sound concert in the vast Casula Powerhouse turbine hall.

Experience the work of expatriate Australian composers Kate Moore and Natasha Anderson, performed by an experimental musicians super-group inside a decommissioned power plant.

Moore’s award-winning industrial chamber composition The Dam showcases her inimitable swirling rhythmic sound world, while Anderson’s experimental ensemble work Cleave uses spatialised electronics, processed samples and live instruments to create a soundscape of refracted sonic mirrors.

Opening the performance is choral composer Alice Chance’s communal sound art project Audience Choir. For this participatory choral experience, Alice Chance has created a Sonic Identity Quiz for members of the audience to download on their mobile phones, unlocking one of sixteen sound files that build an immersive sonic world. As choir master, Alice then teaches the audience simple, canonic melodies to sing back to her, creating a unique, evolving soundscape.

Performances

January 12 & 13, 5pm & 2pm, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Program

Alice Chance – Audience Choir (2018) for mobile phones and audience 15′
Natasha Anderson – Cleave for 12 players (World Premiere) 25’ supported by the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund
Kate Moore – The Dam for 12 players (World Premiere version) 15’ winner of the Matthias Vermeulen Prize

Performers

Ensemble Offspring
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Jason Noble (clarinets)
Jacques Emery (bass)
Chris Pidcock (cello)
Zubin Kanga (piano)
Alice Chance (voice)
International Contemporary Ensemble
Josh Modney (violin)
Maiya Papach (viola)
Ross Karre (percussion/conductor)
Ensemble Adapter
Kristjana Helgadóttir (flute)
Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson (clarinet)
Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir (harp)
Matthias Engler (percussion)

Supported by APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund for Cleave and the  Matthias Vermeulen Prize for The Dam.

Media & Acclaim

“Wonderful performances that brought the Turbine Hall to life.” – Audience member

“…a texture would be established through repeating evolving patterns until a new rhythm emerged and started to dominate, dragging the mind into hearing the patterns in a new speed or context. The shifts in pace provided a change in perspective, as though constantly realising one’s perceptions are part of something larger.”

Peter McCallum Sydney Morning Herald

Check out our photo album of the event HERE