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Ensemble Offspring


Ensemble Offspring joins two other celebrated international art music ensembles – International Contemporary Ensemble (New York/Chicago) and Ensemble Adapter (Berlin) – for a surround-sound concert in the vast Casula Powerhouse turbine hall.

Experience the work of expatriate Australian composers Kate Moore and Natasha Anderson, performed by an experimental musicians super-group inside a decommissioned power plant.

Moore’s award-winning industrial chamber composition The Dam showcases her inimitable swirling rhythmic sound world, while Anderson’s experimental ensemble work Cleave uses spatialised electronics, processed samples and live instruments to create a soundscape of refracted sonic mirrors.

Opening the performance is choral composer Alice Chance’s communal sound art project Audience Choir. For this participatory choral experience, Alice Chance has created a Sonic Identity Quiz for members of the audience to download on their mobile phones, unlocking one of sixteen sound files that build an immersive sonic world. As choir master, Alice then teaches the audience simple, canonic melodies to sing back to her, creating a unique, evolving soundscape.

1 Powerhouse Road
Casula, NSW 2170 Australia

Media & Acclaim

“Wonderful performances that brought the Turbine Hall to life.”

Audience member

“…a texture would be established through repeating evolving patterns until a new rhythm emerged and started to dominate, dragging the mind into hearing the patterns in a new speed or context. The shifts in pace provided a change in perspective, as though constantly realising one’s perceptions are part of something larger.”

Peter McCallum Sydney Morning Herald


Date & Time

January 12 & 13 2019, 5pm & 2pm


Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
1 Powerhouse Road
Casula, NSW 2170 Australia


Alice Chance – Audience Choir (2018) for mobile phones and audience 15′
Natasha Anderson – Cleave for 12 players (World Premiere) 25’ supported by the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund
Kate Moore – The Dam for 12 players (World Premiere version) 15’ winner of the Matthias Vermeulen Prize



Ensemble Offspring
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Jason Noble (clarinets)
Jacques Emery (bass)
Chris Pidcock (cello)
Zubin Kanga (piano)
Alice Chance (voice)
International Contemporary Ensemble
Josh Modney (violin)
Maiya Papach (viola)
Ross Karre (percussion/conductor)
Ensemble Adapter
Kristjana Helgadóttir (flute)
Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson (clarinet)
Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir (harp)
Matthias Engler (percussion)

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