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A big sonic hug

Listen Up!

September 11 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm

Listen Up! is Ensemble Offspring’s micro-festival of new music, bringing together Australia’s most inspiring musicians with an obsession for the newest of the new. A smorgasbord of contemporary-classical and jazz virtuosi, First Nations artists and art music fiends come together over two 60-minute programs.

Two adrenalin-filled world premieres by Australian composer Kate Neal and New Zealand up-and-comer Karlo Margetic kick off the evening at 6pm. Then three modern masterpieces from around the globe: Errollyn Wallen’s eclectic and free-spirited approach to music-making, Jennifer Higdon’s dramatic modernism and unstoppable rhythmic drive, and Tristan Coelho’s unique, glitchy machine music.

From 8pm, outspoken Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Allara takes the stage with her double bass for the first time in Sydney. Finally, First Nations violinist and singer Eric Avery joins her with the Australian Art Orchestra and Ensemble Offspring to discover and share unique musical meeting points – a big sonic hug. Embrace living, breathing music at Listen Up! on September 11.

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Cnr Forbes St &, Burton St, Darlinghurst
Sydney, NSW 2010 Australia
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Date & Time

September 11, 2022
Whirling and Turning @ 6:00 pm
Songline Inventions @ 8:00 pm


Cell Block Theatre, National Art School
Cnr Forbes St &, Burton St, Darlinghurst
Sydney, NSW 2010 Australia



Concert 1: Whirling & Turning @ 6:00 pm
Kate Neal – Wound for clarinet, violin, cello, percussion & electronics (2022) WP
Tristan Coelho – read/write error  for sextet (2015) 12’
Errollyn Wallen – Dervish for cello & piano (2001) 7′
Karlo Margetić – Bricks and Mortar for clarinet, violin & percussion (2020) 14’ WP
Jennifer Higdon – Zaka for sextet (2003) 13′

AP = Australian premiere
WP = world premiere

Program duration:

Concert 2: Songline Inventions @ 8:00 pm
Allara meets Eric Avery – double bass, voice, violin & looping station
Songline Inventions – Australian Art Orchestra, Eric Avery, Allara & Ensemble Offspring



Ensemble Offspring
Claire Edwardes (Artistic Director,  percussion)
Niki Johnson (percussion)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Véronique Serret (violin)
Blair Harris (cello)
Ben Kopp (piano)

Allara Briggs Pattison (double bass, voice)

Eric Avery (violin)

Australian Art Orchestra
Peter Knight (Artistic Director, trumpet, electronics)
David Yipininy Wilfred (Yidaki)
Daniel Wilfred (voice)

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