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The Secret Noise

In The Secret Noise, Ensemble Offspring will be joined by a cast of dancers and actors to explore the secrets of hidden sound, in a hybrid arts production inspired by music that is deliberately shielded from public life. Join this exploration over a series of fantastical scenes referencing forbidden ceremonies, legally extinguished music, covert music-making ...

Hatched

2014 marks the inaugural year of Hatched—a unique opportunity for one composer and one performer to work closely with Ensemble Offspring’s Artistic Directors and musicians. Two outstanding candidates were chosen from a very competitive round of applicants and these are Sydney based composer (and jazz saxophonist) Jeremy Rose and Callum G’Froerer—a genre hopping trumpeter hailing ...

Ghan Tracks

Ensemble Offspring and Melbourne’s Speak Percussion team up for the very first time with maverick composer-inventor Jon Rose in the world premiere of an artistic exploration of Australia’s iconic Ghan railway. Ghan Tracks mashes video projections and electronics with live performance on pedal powered zither, electric cement mixer, wind machine, piccolo, bass clarinet, sousaphone, double ...

Plekto

Ensemble Offspring traces the avant garde legacy of Iannis Xenakis in Plekto (Braids) – a virtuosic and adventurous selection of seldom heard chamber music for sextet from around the globe. The program features Charisma and Plekto by Iannis Xenakis, Kaija Saariaho’s Oi Kuu, Beat Furrer’s Lied, The Riot from the recently departed Jonathan Harvey, Australian ...

Sizzle

A casual affair, Sizzle has developed a reputation as a relaxed and friendly mix-up of the avant garde with diverse genres and artistic disciplines from early music to indie rock to performance art. Ensemble Offspring members shed their concert blacks and invite an array of their diversely talented friends to join them in an afternoon ...

Micro Parks

For one weekend in May, the small parks that dot inner-Sydney’s Surry Hills will be transformed into jaw-dropping outdoor galleries, with free contemporary art installations and performances in Micro Parks. Ensemble Offspring, together with artists Joan Ross, Justin Shoulder, Fondue Set, and Malcolm Whittaker, all stake their claim on tiny patches of greenery around Surry ...

Three and Under

Three and Under is a program of intriguing miniatures for flute, clarinet and percussion showcasing the members of Ensemble Offspring as theatrical soloists and chamber music gurus. They perform works written specifically for them by composers from home (Damian Barbeler, Jane Stanley and Matthew Shlomowitz) and abroad (Oscar Bettison, Jukka Tiensuu, Tom Johnson and David ...

Hurricane Transcriptions/Laborintus II

Two genre-defying artists come together for a phenomenal evening of electrifying sound. Sonic Youth co-founder and revered guitarist Lee Ranaldo presents the Australian premiere of his new work Hurricane Transcriptions (Last Night on Earth), a piece composed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which blew through New York in 2012. Sydney’s acclaimed classical innovators Ensemble ...