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Come to your Senses

To enjoy music, one must employ more than just the sense of hearing. Without necessarily realising it we use sight, touch and often even smell when listening to and experiencing music. Australian composers have long been inspired by the vast array of natural riches found here in Australia - birdsong, frog calls, the bush, the ...

An Index of Metals

Cult Italian composer Fausto Romitelli described his final work An Index of Metals as an ‘electric poem’ that explodes the possibilities of the opera format. In this fiercely contemporary Australian premiere, we meet Romitelli’s challenge. Presented by Ensemble Offspring in association with Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks, with Director Kip Williams and soprano Jane Sheldon, ...

Future Retro

In 1995, Roger Woodward took a punt on a handful of young musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium. Twenty years and hundreds of premieres later, Ensemble Offspring is still pushing boundaries, breaking rules, and delighting audiences around the world. Future Retro brings together gargantuan compositions from our past (Concert 2: Retro) with five exciting new commissions (Concert ...

Shanghai New Music Week

Taking place from the 20th-25th September, Ensemble Offspring will be ensemble in residence alongside internationally acclaimed new music groups, Ensemble Intercontemporain (France) and Vocal Séquence (Switzerland). Featured in three concerts, the first showcasing Australian works written specifically for the ensemble alongside classics by Grisey and Xenakis, and the final two, workshops and presentations of brand ...

Pipe Dreams Green: Way Out West Children’s Festival

In the centre of Casula Powerhouse’s vast Turbine Hall stands a giant tree-like structure made from brightly coloured plastic tubes: a garish clash of organic forms and artificial materials. Over the course of WOW, the tree will grow. Not upwards, but outwards. Root-like tendrils will begin to snake around the Turbine Hall space matting around ...

MUSIFY+GAMIFY

Hear Ensemble Offspring at play in a set of musical games. Negotiating morse de-coders, decision trees and live computer scores, Sydney’s champions of innovative new music will dive headlong into a sonic arena where the final result is unknown! Running with the tradition of renegade composer and improviser John Zorn and his infamous ‘game pieces’, ...

Light is Calling

Sydney’s musical mavericks, Ensemble Offspring, bring you virtuosic solos by minimalist heroes Steve Reich, Michael Gordon and Nico Muhly, and new Australian chamber music. Experience the immersive world of music and image—from the depths of the ocean to sound worlds of molten glass. This visceral program features virtuosic solos by Reich, Gordon and Muhly on ...

A World of Glass: Canberra International Music Festival

It’s 1968 and a young upstart sitting in Manhattan, rewrites the history of Western music on his terms and from scratch. Ensemble Offspring take Glass’s very early ‘dots’ and turns them into music—melody, harmony and counterpoint. We will then add voices and violin and end with the coolest form of romanticism ever imagined in Music ...

Sizzle

One of our most loved annual events, Sizzle is classical music without the formal wear–a place to relax and enjoy new sounds, from art music to pop music and everything in between. This all-ages event kicks off with John Cage’s famous Musicircus. Choose your own musical adventure as you wander through an array of solo ...

Surface Tension

Known worldwide for their adventurous musical spirit and instrumental virtuosity, sister groups from opposite ends of the globe, Aventa Ensemble and Ensemble Offspring team up with Brisbane new comers Kupka’s Piano in a one time coming together of distinctive new musical voices. Combining to form a super group in works by Erik Griswold and Jordan ...

Broken Consorts

Ensemble Offspring, Sydney’s champions of the new, and Ironwood, trailblazers for the early, invite you to a breathtaking world of sound. Like floating through a forest, Broken Consorts will envelop you in a cocoon of bristlings, warblings and ethereal reverberations—a musical experience that exists across and beyond time. Hear what happens as Ensemble Offspring and Ironwood ...