Also known as Birdsong at Dusk, Songbirds is Ensemble Offspring’s ongoing touring project featuring a trio line up of flutes, clarinets and percussion, inspired by the sounds of the Australian bush. In 2020 ABC Classic released Songbirds digitally and a limited print run was also produced garnering positive reactions from all over the globe.
Ensemble Offspring has presented a range of the new works from the project as part of Sydney Festival 2019 Salon Series, at the Sound Lounge (Wollongong 2018) and more recently at the Old 505 Theatre in Newtown (6 August, 2020) as well as a Melbourne Digital Concert Hall broadcast (2020). Videos of many of the works can be viewed here.
August 6, 2020
Old 505 Theatre
5 Eliza St
Newtown, NSW 2042 Australia
Hollis Taylor and Jon Rose – Bitter Springs Creek 2014 for flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone & field recording (2019) 8′
Olivier Messiaen – Abyss of the Birds (1940) 7’
Brett Dean – Notes from the Twittersphere (2015) 3’
Brenda Gifford – Mungala for flute & percussion (2019) 5’
John Luther Adams – 3 Canticles of the Birds, Mvt 1 & 2 (2013) 10’
Gerard Brophy – Beautiful Birds for flute, bass clarinet and vibraphone (2019) 14′
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Lamorna Nightingale (flutes)
Jason Noble (clarinets)
Sonya Lifschitz (piano)