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Ensemble Offspring

The Oriental Other

April 23, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

Ensemble Offspring and Riley Lee will present three contemporary works that explore Western art music’s representation of its Oriental other: based primarily in Europe, but of partial Chinese heritage, Tona Scherchen-Hsiao’s suite, Yi, is one of her only works to tangibly recall the folk music of her years spent with her mother in China; written especially for Ensemble Offspring, Bruce Crossman’s Not Broken Bruised Reed aspires to capture the artistry of calligraphic gesture in sound; the University’s own Anne Boyd freely acknowledges her debt to Asia in her conception of music as meditation.



April 23, 2010


6:00 pm


Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Sydney, 2000


Tona Scherchen-Hsiao – Yi
Bruce Crossman – Not Broken Bruised Reed (world premiere)
Anne Boyd – Goldfish Through Summer Rain


Riley Lee (Shakuhachi)
Anna McMichael (violin)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Timothy Constable (percussion)
Zubin Kanga (piano)

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The Oriental Other