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Ensemble Offspring


February 11, 2018 | 3:00pm

Crunch. Boom. Grind. Ensemble Offspring transforms the Utzon Room with music of today and the sounds of tomorrow.

Creak. Groan. Fizz. Like an old machine gradually coming to life, we hear the rhythmic drive of American composers David Lang and Annie Gosfield. 

Pulse, pop, shake. Sounds rooted in jazz emerge from music by pianist and composer, Andrea Keller (2017 Merlyn Myer Music Commission), and Sydney composer Fiona Hill (Noisy Women Commission) transports us to a meditative other-world in a work for sextet so new the ink will still be wet.

Bennelong Point
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia

“4.5 stars. This was a cracking start to Ensemble Offspring’s 2018…”

Angus McPherson, Limelight

“If you think New Music is not for you, go see Ensemble Offspring, the musical alchemists who bring irresistible magic, joy and hair-raising virtuosity to music of today. Their ‘Hark the Machine’ concert at the Sydney Opera House took the standing room only audience in the Utzon Room on an electrifying journey from the heart-achingly tender Love in Solitude by Andrea Keller to the explosively exciting Cheating, Lying, Stealing by David Lang. The breathtaking chemistry between these musicians kept you riveted to every nuance and musical gesture that eminated from their instruments, weaving a rich and deeply satisfying tapestry of sound, colour and movement.”

Sonya Lifschitz – audience member



February 11, 2018




Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia


Fiona Hill – Pentography (2018) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano (World Premiere) 10’
Andrea Keller – Love in Solitude (2017) for piano, percussion, flute, clarinet + electronics 15′
Thomas Meadowcroft – Medieval Rococo (2016) for keyboard, percussion, flute, clarinet + electronics 12’
Annie Gosfield – Cranks & Cactus Needles (2000) for flute, piano, violin, cello 6’
David Lang – Cheating, Lying, Stealing (1993, rev. 1995) for piano, percussion, cello, bass clarinet, and brake drums 10’5
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Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Veronique Serret (violin)
Blair Harris (cello)
Jacob Abela (piano)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)

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