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2021 Season

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and regional NSW

2021 celebrates nature and our Australian outdoor environment in all its glory. From Musical Micorparks to Avant Gardens to Sonic Sites - our outdoor shows abound! And we bring the outside ‘in’ with The Surge and Shivers on Speed capturing that visceral, large scale feeling of nature through more acoustically controlled sonic environments. It is ...

Musical Microparks Sydney Festival

Erskineville Parks & Town Hall Erskineville Rd, Erskineville

Step outside for a pop-up musical and performative walking tour of Erskineville featuring diverse duo combinations from a range of cultural backgrounds, now firmly rooted here in Australia. In parks, courtyards and unexpected pockets of green, Ensemble Offspring’s acclaimed instrumentalists pair up with special guests for 6 unique duets - sharing universal stories told from the heart. ...

Recurring

Avant Gardens 1: Ave

Ashfield Ashfield

For Avant Gardens we head into the backyards and backrooms of our very own musicians to make some noise. Join us for this intimate 4 concert experience featuring unusual line ups, much loved ‘avant garde’ classics and experimental music never heard before. Lamorna and Jim Nightingale open their home to us for 'Ave' in an ...

Celebrating 50 years of Reich’s Drumming

St Mary's Cathedral Cathedral Square, Sydney

Australia’s most innovative instrumentalists Ensemble Offspring celebrate the work of legendary minimalist composer Steve Reich, performing a suite of his most pioneering, hypnotic music at Sydney's new Sunset Piazza. Led by acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes, ARIA-nominated Sydney musical mavericks Ensemble Offspring have are a collective of multi-talented collaborators exploring new ideas through experiential performances that ...

Avant Gardens 2: Crie

Dharma Shala Yoga Studio 108 Brighton Boulevard, Bondi

For Avant Gardens we head into the backyards and backrooms of our very own musicians to make some noise. Join us for this 2nd intimate concert in the our 2021 inaugural series and experience unusual line ups, much loved ‘avant garde’ classics and experimental music never heard before. 'Crie' features our beloved violinist Véronique Serret ...

Avant Gardens 3: Trussed

Tempe Tempe

For Avant Gardens we head into the backyards and backrooms of our very own musicians’ homes to make some noise. Join us for an intimate concert experience featuring ‘avant-garde’ classics, world premieres from local heroes and chamber music gold. Trussed features our stunning cellist Blair Harris alongside our Artistic Director and 2021 Hatched Associate Artist ...

$45

Avant Gardens 4: Naturale

Tempe Tempe

For our final Avant Gardens concert, Naturale we head into the garden of our Artistic Director, Claire Edwardes to make some extra special noise. Joined by viola virtuosi James Wannan, the duo present Luciano Berio's popular extended work for viola, percussion and recorded singer Naturale alongside Peter Sculthorpe's classic Sonata for Viola and Percussion. Two ...

$45

Now You Hear Her

World Square Corner George St & Goulburn St, Sydney

The Now You Hear Her program utilises the spaces within World Square to build a social and creative hub. During the day project developments, rehearsals and workshops with a lunch time ‘showing’ of work will be hosted. In the evening, key artists will curate and host longer form programs of diverse music making including live ...

Free

Sizzle Festival

The Great Club Marrickville, Sydney

Sizzle has been smashing stereotypes for more than a decade, taking art music out of the concert hall and setting it loose at the local bowlo. After a brief hiatus in 2020 – everyone's had a lot on, right? – we're back to the inner west of Sydney, but as usual we're mixing things up. ...

$35
Recurring

The Surge

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 ...

Sonic Sites Bundanon

Rosemary's Rocks, Bundanon 533 Bundanon Road, Illarroo

Sonic Sites is an acoustic exploration of the Bundanon landscape and the creation of an immersive & participatory sonic performance. Ensemble Offspring collaborate with a bunch of local musicians as well as long time composer collaborators and together they will occupy natural and built spaces at Bundanon to explore the acoustic and resonant potential of ...

Free

Adrift

Seymour Centre The University of Sydney, cnr City Road & Cleveland Street, Chippendale

Immerse yourself in the resonant glow of Kirsty McCahon's double bass and Véronique Serret's rare 6-string electric violin.

$25