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Ensemble Offspring

Ngarra-Burria: Australian National University

June 1 @ 7:00pm 8:30pm

Ngarra-Burria are Dharug words meaning ‘to hear, to sing’. Initiated in 2017 by Indigenous composer Christopher Sainsbury, the Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers program exists to support and mentor emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander composers. The annual program is a platform for First Peoples musicians to develop their compositional skills and connect with the art music sector. It is also a shared learning experience, with Ensemble Offspring gaining a deeper understanding of First Nations peoples and culture.

In conjunction with Moogahlin Performing Arts, Australian Music Centre and ANU, Ensemble Offspring and the Ngarra-Burria program help established First Nations musicians to step sideways into the world of art music, build industry knowledge, nurture artistic relationships, and hone new skills in the composition and notation of instrumental chamber music.

This concert features highlight works produced through the past six years of this important program.

100 Childers Street
Canberra, ACT 2600 Australia
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June 1, 2023




Larry Sitsky Recital Room, Australian National University
100 Childers Street
Canberra, ACT 2600 Australia


Brenda Gifford – Bardju (Footprints) (2017)
alto flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone, cello

Troy Russell – Nucoorilma (Apple Tree) (2017)
flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello

Eric Avery – Gliding (2020)
flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello

Nardi Simpson – Of Stars and Birds (2020)
flute, clarinet, vibraphone

Troy Russell – Tenerisi per Mano (To hold hands) (2022)
cello, piano

Aaron Wyatt – Cumulus (2022)
bass clarinet, vibraphone, piano

Will Kepa – Sleepless Dreaming (2022)
bass clarinet, vibraphone, piano

Brenda Gifford – Mungala (Clouds) (2018)
alto flute, percussion

Will Kepa – Ailan Opping (2020)
flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello

Elizabeth Sheppard – Kooranginy, Mvt III. Koordaboodjar Heartland (2017)
flute, clarinet, percussion, cello

Nardi Simpson – Wilga’s Last Dance (2019)
flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello

James Henry – Zoom Meeting (2020)
flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello

Rhyan Clapham – Pitara Yaan Murawariki (2017)
flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello


Claire Edwardes (Artistic Director, percussion)
Lamorna Nightingale (flutes)
Jason Noble (clarinets)
Edward Neeman (piano)
Rowena Macneish (cello)

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