In the third Offspring for All digital concert, Ensemble Offspring honours the lives of three monumental composers lost to us in 2021 with performances of six works from the catalogues of musical revolutionaries Louis Andriessen, Frederic Rzewski and Ian Shanahan.
Benjamin Kopp (piano) and Christopher Pidcock (cello) open with Andriessen’s reflective and romantic Elegy, followed by a 2017 piano solo which reveals the composer’s sense of humour. Ensemble Offspring present Rzewski’s epic jazz-inspired quartet Song and Dance, and Claire Edwardes – equipped with simple clay flower pots – recites his spiritualistic homage To The Earth. Jason Noble (clarinets) pays tribute to the late Australian icon Ian Shanahan with his mesmerising solo performance of Pastels, and is joined by Edwardes (percussion) to close the concert with Shanahan’s formidable Echoes/Fantasies.
Offspring for All is Ensemble Offspring’s digital series, bringing a handful of our highlight concerts each year to hungry ears from around Australia and the world. This ongoing initiative will stream live and pre-recorded concerts to YouTube which will then be available on-demand on our website.
February 4, 2022
Louis Andriessen – Elegy for cello & piano (1975) 5’
Louis Andriessen – Rimsky or La Monte Young for piano solo (2017) 3’
Frederic Rzewski – Song and Dance for flute, bass clarinet, double bass & vibraphone (1977) 20′
Frederic Rzewski – To The Earth for percussion solo (1985) 9’30
Ian Shanahan – Pastels for clarinet solo (1982) 6′
Ian Shanahan – Echoes/Fantasies for bass clarinet & vibraphone (1984) 7’30
Program duration: 70 mins
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Jason Noble (clarinet, bass clarinet)
Christopher Pidcock (cello)
Will Hansen (double bass)
Claire Edwardes (vibraphone, percussion)
Benjamin Kopp (piano)
Audio by Simon Berckelman
Video by Yannick Jamey