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Ask Us Anything: Instagram Live Q&As

October 9 @ 8:00 pm 8:45 pm

You might have heard a buzz in the air about our lockdown 2.0 initiative – our live Q&A series, Ask Us Anything.

Every Thursday night at 8pm, our Artistic Director Claire Edwardes is joined by a different creative guest to answer ALL of your burning questions! We want to stay in touch during this weird time and this is your opportunity to pick the brains of a bunch of incredibly innovative and inspiring Ensemble Offspring collaborators from around the world.

Season 1 saw eight different Q&As with a colourful range of artists and personalities (from Berlin percussionist Matthias Engler to performance art duo Throat Pleats, and violinist/gestural performer Winnie Huang) who all dropped in to chat with Claire! We’re so please to announce that Season 2 of Ask Us Anything will feature an exciting lineup of nine brand new guests, and will launch with Australian wind-band composer and educator Jodie Blackshaw! We’re also moving to Facebook for Season 2, so make sure you follow us here.

So, as the series’ title suggests, Ask Us Anything! Want to know the day-to-day of a professional performer? What are the challenges of championing new Australian music? What’s the best career path for a young musician? What’s their most embarrassing on-stage moment?!

Spark a conversation by submitting your questions via email, or message us on Instagram or Facebook. Then join in the casual discussion by tuning-in to our Facebook each Thursday at 8pm and interacting in the comments section. See you there!

Free

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Date & Time

Jodie Blackshaw – October 14th
Eliza Shephard – October 21st
Jane Sheldon – October 28th
Julian Day – November 4th
Daniella Strasfogel – November 11th
Catherine Harridy – November 18th
Aviva Endean – November 25th
Nardi Simpson – December 2nd
Tristan Coelho – December 12th

Price

Free

Program

Season 2

Jodie Blackshaw – October 14th
Jodie is “a free spirit, a Mum, an experienced ensemble director, classroom music teacher, Orff-Schulwerk practitioner and composer.”

Eliza Shephard – October 21st
Eliza is a flautist known for her ‘fiery’ presence on stage. She’s a confident and established performer in a wide range of styles, and she’s also our Hatched Academy Associate Artist for 2022!

Jane Sheldon – October 28th
Jane Sheldon is an Australian-American soprano and composer who specializes in the creation and performance of exploratory chamber music.

Julian Day – November 4th
Julian Day is an artist, composer and writer, who’s work frames sound as a social and civic practice. This plays out in performance, installation and video.

Daniella Strasfogel – November 11th
Daniella Strasfogel is a violinist in Berlin who seeks to deepen her understanding of her body as a vessel for interpretation, through the instrument and the voice as well as through physicality of movement and gesture.

Catherine Harridy – November 18th
Catherine is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Music Centre, after a two-year stint as Executive Director of the Association of Artist Managers. She’s also a current board member of Music Victoria, a patron of the Australian Music Prize, and has previously held board roles with Support Act and the Community Broadcasting Foundation.

Aviva Endean – November 25th
Aviva Endean is an artist dedicated to fostering a deep engagement with (and care for) sound and music, with the hope that attentive listening can connect people with each other and their environment. She is active as a clarinetist, composer, improviser, curator, sound artist, performance-maker and collaborator.

Nardi Simpson – December 2nd
Nardi Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay storyteller and performer living in Sydney. A successful writer and composer, Nardi was our 2021 First Nations Composer in Residence!

Tristan Coelho – December 12th
Tristan Coelho is an award-winning Sydney-based composer who specialises in concert music and film projects. His music draws inspiration largely from either nature, especially the idea of amplifying otherwise soft and delicate sounds, or our digital, data-driven world.

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