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Ensemble Offspring

The Surge

May 15, 2021 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

The 1990s were a riot of transformation that redefined both Australia and the world. ‘Creative Nation’ announced the central role of art in life and society, while the Mabo decision set off a chain reaction culminating in Paul Keating’s historic Redfern Address and the Australian Parliament’s landmark Native Title Act in 1993. The internet began to insinuate itself into every corner of contemporary experience, reshaping everything it touched. The scientific community, meanwhile, spoke with increasing urgency of the mounting evidence of anthropogenic climate change, while politicians turned a deaf ear. What are the sounds of this crucial decade? Joined by Queensland band Topology and up-and-coming guitarists Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi, Ensemble Offspring revisits classics from the ’90s alongside five new commissions reflecting on the cultural, climate and political situations Australia finds itself in today. With video by Peachey and Mosig, this will be a multi-layered feast of music, ideas, lessons from the past and – with a little luck – hope for the decade ahead.


Date & Time

Sat 15 May 2021 – Dots & Loops, Brisbane
Friday 22 May 2021 – National Film & Sound Archive, Canberra
Sunday 24 May 2021  – Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
Saturday 29 May 2021 – The Corridor Project, Cowra
Sunday 30 May 2021 – Orange Conservatorium, Orange


Paul Mac – Redfern Address
Peter Sculthorpe – Tropica
Jessica Wells – Interludes WP
Robert Davidson – Net Surfing WP
Felicity Wilcox – Tipping Point WP
Nigel Westlake – Tall Tales but True


Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Sonya Lifschitz (piano)
Christa Powell (violin)
Robert Davidson (double bass)
Andrew Blanch (guitar)
Ariel Nurhadi (guitar)
Peachey & Mosig (video)

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