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Ensemble Offspring

Open Music 2010

January 6, 2021 | 4:52pm

The concept of the open-form has long been a fascination for Ensemble Offspring. The works in our Open Music program are not fixed in the imagination of the composer, but fluid objects rendered afresh with every performance. Hockey by the radical avant-jazz artist John Zorn is one of his infamous game pieces. Governed by rules akin to a sporting game, Hockey is an improvising environment that forces performers into an agile and unexpected interplay of sonic actions. In Three2, the controversial composer of chance, John Cage, provides us with an invitation to pause, listen and find beauty in unexpected sounds and their coincidental interactions. From Ensemble Offspring’s Artistic Director Damien Ricketson we hear an instrumental movement from Fractured Again that features a warped rewriting of Mozart while Larry Polansky’s Ensembles of Note sets up a funky ostinato that accumulates notes as it goes. Also on the program is Tom Johnson’s humourous rendering of maths as sound in Eggs and Baskets and Edgard Varèse’s seminal work for flute Density 25.1.



Date & Time

Sydney Blacktown Arts Centre, 8pm Friday March 26th, 2010
Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music, 8pm Friday June 25th, 2010


John Zorn – Hockey
Edgard Varèse – Density 25.1
Tom Johnson – Eggs and Baskets
Damien Ricketson – Spannen
John Cage – Three2
Damien Ricketson – Fractured Again
Ianis Xenakis – Mikka
Larry Polansky – Ensembles of Note
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John Zorn – Hockey
Roberto Sierra – Bongo-0
Giacinto Scelsi – Ko Lho
Ross Edwards – White Cockatoo Spirit Dance
Damian Barbeler – Confession 2
Tom Johnson – Bedtime Stories
Larry Polansky – Ensembles of Note


James Cuddeford & Damien Ricketson (violin)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)

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