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Ensemble Offspring

Future Retro

October 25, 2015 | 3:00pm

In 1995, Roger Woodward took a punt on a handful of young musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium. Twenty years and hundreds of premieres later, Ensemble Offspring is still pushing boundaries, breaking rules, and delighting audiences around the world. Future Retro brings together gargantuan compositions from our past (Concert 2: Retro) with five exciting new commissions (Concert 1: Future).

Future celebrates the very best in Australia’s emerging musical talent. Kicking off at 3pm, Future will include five world premieres from composers Tristan Coelho, Cassie To and Kezia Yap (Sydney Conservatorium), and Samuel Smith and Dan Thorpe from our mentoring program, the Hatched Academy, alongside Kate Moore’s Fern.

Starting at 6pm, Retro will be a diverse homage to our 20-year history of life-changing music. Works include the funky sonic ping pong of Louis Andriessen’s Hoketus, the exhilarating virtuosity of Gerard Grisey’s Talea and a creative remake of the masterful textures of György Ligeti in Beyond Atmospheres.

It’s a joyous celebration of where we’ve come from, and where we’re headed.

Join us for drinks and dialogue between the shows to celebrate our past and toast the future.

Future Retro Program

“EO champions innovation, invention & adventure, epitomising all that is unconventional. It hasn’t merely pushed the envelope, but has created (if you will) a whole new cache of stationery.”

Lloyd Syke, Syke on Stage


Date & Time

Concert 1 @ 3pm: Future
Concert 2 @ 6pm: Retro


Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Sydney, 2000


3pm – Concert 1: Future (70 mins)
Dan Thorpe (Hatched Academy) – A20 (WP) Watch video
Samuel Smith (Hatched Academy) – threaded through meridians (WP) Watch video
Kezia Yap (Sydney Conservatorium composer) – Coalesce (WP) Watch video
Cassie To (Sydney Conservatorium composer) – Avialae (WP) Watch video
Kate Moore – Fern Watch video
Tristan Coelho – read/write error (WP) Commissioned through the Noisy Egg Creation Fund Watch video

4:45pm – Future Retro Panel Discussion (45 mins)
Rachel Campbell, Claire Edwardes, Roland Peelman, Damien Ricketson, Kim Williams and John Davis (moderator)
Atruim foyer outside Music Workshop

Concert 2: Retro (70 mins)
Gerard Grisey – Talea Watch video
Gyorgy Ligeti – Beyond Atmospheres Watch video
Louis Andriessen – Hoketus Watch video


Lamorna Nightingale and Jodie Rottle (flutes/panpipes)
Jason Noble and Diana Springford (clarinets)
Veronique Serret and Elizabeth Welsh (violin)
Geoffrey Gartner and Mary Rapp (cello)
Claire Edwardes and Bree van Reyk (percussion)
Zubin Kanga and Jacob Abela (piano)
Ben Carey and Martin Kay (saxophone)
Peter Kossen & Mary Rapp (electric bass)
Martin Ng (turntables)
Ben Carey (electronics)
Roland Peelman (conductor)

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Future Retro