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Songbirds (2018-present)

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). Video’s of many of the works can be viewed here.

A current list of works in the project are:

Nardi Simpson – Of Stars and Birds (2020 – ABC Freshstart commission) 4′
Gerard Brophy – Beautiful Birds (2019) 14′
Hollis Taylor/Jon Rose – Bitter Springs Creek 2014 (2019) 10′
Claire Edwardes – Screechers and Sorrows (2019) 8’30
Tristan Coelho – Daybreak (2018) 9′
Kate Moore – Blackbird Song (2018) 9’30
Felicity Wilcox – People of this Place (2016) 6’30
Fiona Loader – Lorrikeet Corroboree (2015) 6′
Brett Dean – Notes from the Twittersphere (2015) 3′
Hollis Taylor/Jon Rose – Owen Springs Reserve 2014 (2015) 6’40
Jane Stanley – Desert Rose (2010) 3′
Brenda Gifford – Mungala (2019) 5’

The touring presenter pack can be downloaded here.

“Your…rendition of my ditty was fantastic; exuberant and exciting when it should have been and likewise delightfully sensitive and heartfelt in the right spots. I am deeply appreciative and in fact humbled by all the time, energy and love that you have poured into it.”

Gerard Brophy, composer of Beautiful Birds

Details

Date & Time

2018-present

Program

Old 505 August 6, 2020
Guest pianist: Sonya Lifschitz (piano)

Hollis Taylor/Jon Rose – Bitter Springs Creek 2014 (2019) 8’
Olivier Messiaen – Abyss of the Birds (1940) 7’
Brett Dean – Letters from the Twittersphere (2015) 3’
Brenda Gifford – Mungala (2019) 5’
John Luther Adams – 3 Canticles of the Birds Movt 1 & 2 (2013) 10’
Gerard Brophy – Beautiful Birds Movt 1, 2 & 3 (2019) 15’

Performers

Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Lamorna Nightingale (flutes)
Jason Noble (clarinets)

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Songbirds (2018-present)