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Ensemble Offspring

The Surge

May 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 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

Friday 21 May 2021 – 6pm & 8:30pm National Film & Sound Archive Canberra Tickets $25/$20

Sunday 23 May 2021  – 5pm Deniliquin Baptist Church $35

Saturday 29 May 2021 – 3pm The Corridor Project, Cowra Tickets $35

Sunday 30 May 2021 – 3pm Orange Regional Conservatorium Tickets $30/$25

Saturday 5 June 2021 – 7pm Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre $30

Friday 20 August 2021 – 7:30pm (doors 7pm) SLQ The Edge, Dots & Loops Brisbane Tickets from $10


Paul Mac – Redfern Address (2021) 6′
Peter Sculthorpe – Tropic (2008) 10′
Jessica Wells – 3 Interludes (2021) WP 10′
Robert Davidson – Net Surfing (2021) WP 6’30
Felicity Wilcox – Tipping Point (2021) WP 10′
Nigel Westlake – Tall tales but true (1992) 8′


Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Sonya Lifschitz (piano)
Christa Powell (violin – Brisbane only)
Véronique Serret (violin)
Ben Ward (double bass)
Robert Davidson (double bass – Brisbane only)
Andrew Blanch (guitar)
Ariel Nurhadi (guitar)

Peachey & Mosig (video)

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