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Ensemble Offspring 2023

Bold, brave and fearless, Ensemble Offspring is poised to navigate uncharted musical territories in 2023. Our daring season features over twenty world premieres which traverse themes of the human psyche, nature and the cosmos. With a fierce commitment to emerging, female-identifying and First Nations voices, our trusted brand of musical trailblazing burns bright in 2023. ...

Andriessen and Beyond

Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre Bennelong Point, Sydney

Balancing a rich repertoire of vintage modernist music with the innovations of living voices, Dutch ensemble Asko|Schönberg has long been associated with compositional legend Louis Andriessen. In a Sydney Festival exclusive, Asko|Schönberg collaborates with Australia’s own contemporary music innovators, Ensemble Offspring, to honour his legacy through the music of his students. Andriessen’s work was anything ...

$49 – $149

The Mechanical Fiddle

Woodburn Creatives 82 Cope St, Waterloo, NSW

Ensemble Offspring brings together a crack team of Sydney’s finest percussionists with violinist and 2021 Freedman Fellowship winner, Kyla Matsuura-Miller. Together this eclectic ensemble presents Lou Harrison’s iconic Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra, a work which transports the classical violin into the machine-inspired world of junk percussion, and manages to do it with moments ...

Avant Gardens 1

Here’s your chance to get out of the concert hall and into the fresh air. Avant Gardens 1 features soprano Jane Sheldon, harpist Emily Granger and flautist Lamorna Nightingale in a unique mash-up of sound worlds. International giants Saariaho, Crumb and Furrer meet works by First Nations composer Elizabeth Sheppard and emerging Sydney composer Courtney ...

$35 – $75

Avant Gardens 2

This is music in its most relaxed and real setting. With performances in Glebe and Woollahra, Avant Gardens 2, featuring clarinet, percussion and piano, is a mesmerising mix of pieces with jazz and folk influences. Grass roots commissioning fund The Silo Collective generously bring us another world premiere, this time from Melbourne’s Joe Chindamo. Also ...

$35 – $75

Techno Folk

The Street Theatre 15 Childers St, Canberra, ACT

This is music in its most relaxed and real setting. Techno Folk, featuring Ensemble Offspring's trio of clarinet, percussion and piano, is a mesmerising mix of chamber pieces with jazz and folk influences. Grass roots commissioning fund The Silo Collective generously bring us a brand new work from Melbourne’s Joe Chindamo. Also on the program ...

Mondays @ The Church 1: Fear

The Church 9 Mitchell Rd, Alexandria, NSW

Our first Mondays @ The Church concert features two re-imaginings of existing works. A quartet of clarinet, violin, cello and percussion presents Genevieve Murphy’s They Move Differently Here, originally premiered at Gaudeamus 2019 in Utrecht, The Netherlands, plus a piano and vibraphone performance of Bumps Per Minute by Anna Meredith, newly arranged by Jessica Wells. ...

Free

Echoes and Orbits

Echoes and Orbits is an intimate and playful program featuring upbeat and eclectic works for percussion and cello. Mainly spanning the latest decade of American and Australian music – a period where pop culture and classical music have converged more than ever before – the pieces reflect the energetic and vital time in which we ...

Mondays @ The Church 2: Reconciliation

The Church 9 Mitchell Rd, Alexandria, NSW

Our second Mondays @ The Church celebrates National Reconciliation Week, presenting new works by First Nations composers James Henry, Mark ‘Monk’ Ross and Nardi Simpson. This music was composed as part of the Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers program and Ensemble Offspring’s First Nations Composer in Residence program. There will then be a panel discussion on ...

Free

Ngarra-Burria

Larry Sitsky Recital Room, Australian National University 100 Childers Street, Canberra, ACT

Ngarra-Burria are Dharug words meaning ‘to hear, to sing’. Initiated in 2017 by Indigenous composer Christopher Sainsbury, the Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers program exists to support and mentor emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander composers. The annual program is a platform for First Peoples musicians to develop their compositional skills and connect with the art ...

Incredible Floridas

Carriageworks 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, NSW

A highlight of Ensemble Offspring’s 2023 season, Incredible Floridas is chamber music at its most intense, visceral and radical. Composed over 50 years ago by the great Australian modernist Richard Meale, Incredible Floridas pays tribute to surrealist poet Arthur Rimbaud; a slow and delicate descent into the human psyche. In the rustic surrounds of Carriageworks, ...

$35 – $50

Mondays @ The Church 3: Faraway Galaxies

The Church 9 Mitchell Rd, Alexandria, NSW

Our third Mondays @ The Church event presents a world premiere by noise and improvisation artist Erkki Veltheim. Inspired by astronomy, the new work is placed alongside excerpts from modernist master Karlheinz Stockhausen’s serial work Tierkreis (Zodiac). The discussion panel will discuss differences and resonances between Indigenous and Western approaches to astronomy, and even touch ...

Free