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Ensemble Offspring

Professor Bad Trip

June 18, 2011 @ 10:00 pm 11:00 pm

If you’ve ever wondered what classical music on drugs would sound like, look no further than the mind-bending sounds of Professor Bad Trip. Composed by the Italian artist Fausto Romitelli who died prematurely in 2004, Professor Bad Trip is where psychedelic rock lives on. Inspired by the comic artist Gianluca Lerici a.k.a. Professor Bad Trip and his psychedelic cartoons Romitelli was also influenced by poet Henri Michaux, particularly for his writings under the influence of mescaline and other psychedelic substances. Professor Bad Trip gives you that hallucinogenic feeling through music.

Complementing this large-scale masterpiece is a new work by hot young European composer Simon Steen-Andersen. In this solo with assistant, Geoffrey Gartner along with Adrian Bertram will be whammying up the cello to create something fresh and whacky. The radical classical mainstream continues with the playful loops of London-based Australian composer and co-founder of EO, Matthew Shlomowitz in a wild program of progressive new music that is huge in Europe right now.

3 stunning works completely new to Australia bring together electric bass, electric guitar, strings, trumpet, keyboard and percussion in a range of electronically manipulated and distorted sounds that will leave you, well… tripping.

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“I thanked these musicians for creating a space for this music to be heard, inhaled, versed, warped, wet, born, aired… Who needs drugs anyway? Just as Ensemble Offspring had assured us in its pre-concert hype, I’ve been changed by this music. New music isn’t what it used to be.”


“Ensemble Offspring’s razor-sharp precision, textural clarity, incisive attack and thrilling virtuosity created one of the most stimulating and challenging concerts I’ve heard in recent years.”

The Australian



June 18, 2011


10:00 pm


Simon Steen-Andersen – Study for String Instrument #2 (2009)
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Matthew Shlomowitz – Joytime Ride for Ives (2010)
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Fausto Romitelli – Professor Bad Trip Lesson 1, 2 & 3 (1998-2000)
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Roland Peelman (conductor)
James Cuddeford & Veronique Serret (violin)
James Eccles (viola)
Geoffrey Gartner (cello)
Dave Symes (double & electric bass)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Ngaire de Korte (oboe)
Robert Llewellyn (bassoon)
Alex Bieri (trumpet)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Zubin Kanga (piano)
Zane Banks (electric guitar)
Adrian Bertram (electronics -Steen-Andersen)
Bob Scott (sound engineer)

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Professor Bad Trip