Ensemble Offspring traces the avant garde legacy of Iannis Xenakis in Plekto (Braids) – a virtuosic and adventurous selection of seldom heard chamber music for sextet from around the globe. The program features Charisma and Plekto by Iannis Xenakis, Kaija Saariaho’s Oi Kuu, Beat Furrer’s Lied, The Riot from the recently departed Jonathan Harvey, Australian Anthony Pateras’ Broken Then Fixed Then Broken and a world premiere by Mexican born Juan-Felipe Waller.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience these intertwining works spanning three generations of heavy hitting compositional voices.


Iannis Xenakis – Charisma
Anthony Pateras – Broken then Fixed then Broken
Kaija Saariaho – Oi Kuu
Beat Furrer – Lied (Australian premiere)
Jonathan Harvey – The Riot
Juan Felipe Waller – Detone Retune (world premiere)
Iannis Xenakis – Plekto


Veronique Serret (violin)
Judith Hamann (cello)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Zubin Kanga (piano)

Past Performances

Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room, 8pm Tuesday 8th July
Brisbane DeClassified Music (The Long Weekender) FireWorks Gallery, 7pm Friday 11th July


Download concert program here

Media & Acclaim

“..exhilarating and intelligently constructed…visceral joyous music at its most elemental.”
“This was Offspring and new music at its stimulating best.”
Peter McCallum, SMH

“Contemporary music’s equivalent of a Heston Blumenthal tasting plate…this was edgy music that repaid putting in the hard listening yards.”
Clive Paget, Limelight

Read the full reviews online:
Music of Iannis Xenakis frames joyous show, Peter McCallum, SMH
Review: Plekto (Ensemble Offspring, Sydney), Clive Paget, Limelight

Intersections between sculpture and neue musik: Rose McGreevy and Ensemble Offspring
India Zegan, Museum of Fathers blog

“Ensemble Offspring gave a performance that showcased that group’s own brand of global musical perspective, providing Brisbane audiences (and Brisbane musicians) with a broadening and enriching experience that will inevitably stimulate future local projects.”
Dr. Liam Viney on DeClassified Music’s website