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Ensemble Offspring

Exit Ceremonies

January 23, 2016 | 8:00pm

Exit Ceremonies celebrates the darkness with lush, pulsating new works for pipe organ and mixed ensemble.

Two of Australia’s most vibrant musical forces, the Australian Art Orchestra and Ensemble Offspring, unite with celebrated young composer-pianists Austin Buckett and Simon James Phillips, who have each created immersive works exploiting the extraordinary array of sonic effects that can only be achieved with large pipe organs.

The unexpected addition of reel-to-reel tape machines, turntables, electronics, percussion, voice, trumpet and strings will alter your sense of time and space as they are all processed live in combination with majestic pipe organ, creating an unfamiliar and entrancing world of sound.

“It’s about the exploration of the frontiers of sound itself…”

“…moments of transcendence with a tactile quality to the sound that filled your body.”

Raphael Solarsh, ArtsHub (Melbourne)


Date & Time

Saturday 23 January 2016, 8pm
Sydney Festival, Sydney Conservatorium

Saturday 6 February 2016, 7.30pm
Melbourne Town Hall


Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Sydney, 2000


Simon James Philips – Flaw (WP)
Austin Buckett – Aisles (WP)
Alvin Lucier – Swings (WP) [Melbourne only]


Peter Knight (trumpet)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Simon James Philips (organ)
Austin Buckett (organ)
Sonya Holowell (vocals)
Martin Ng (turntables)
Joe Talia (drums/revox B77)
Anna McMichael (violin)
Erkki Veltheim (violin)
Mary Rapp (cello)
Sam Pankhurst (bass)
James Savage (sound)

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