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Critical Acclaim

2021 Quotes & Reviews

CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

“The first movement, “taking chances”, featured amazing percussionist Claire Edwardes setting the scene with neat, rapid rhythms played mostly on hi-hat cymbals. Her playing throughout the concert was meticulous in detail, precise in every regard and incredibly inventive. Simply watching and listening to her play was a unique privilege.” – Ian McLean, City News (Canberra)

“…the quite incredible Ensemble Offspring.” – Ian McLean, City News (Canberra)

“It would be impossible to imagine an ensemble better able to play and relate to this music than Ensemble Offspring, that crack band of Sydney musicians led by the extraordinary percussionist Claire Edwardes. Their performance never faltered, it was startling, energised and energising, delivered with extraordinary panache and almost clinical precision.” – Vincent Plush, Limelight


WOMEN OF NOTE VOLUME 3 (ABC Classic)

“[Nardi] Simpson’s musical investment in this wondrous piece of music is obvious. And it is beautifully realised by Claire Edwardes on vibraphone, Jason Noble on clarinet and Lamorna Nightingale on flute. There is a palpable optimism in Of Stars and Birds where everything is interconnected and ultimately enduring and purposeful. The piece commences with a slow, calming repetitive motif on vibraphone and a gradual interplay on flute and clarinet depicting refreshed waking birds…It’s such immersive music.” – Mandy Stefanakis, Loudmouth


OFFSPRING BITES 3: EN MASSE

“As ever, these Australian works are superbly played and recorded by Ensemble Offspring.” – Keith Gallasch, RealTime

“En Masse is a celebration of the scope of Ensemble Offspring’s diverse skill set and the unconventional sounds they revel in as a collective.” – Jessie Cunniffe, Sydney Morning Herald

“The technical and expressive demands are devilish, handled expertly by seasoned musicians.” – Jessie Cunniffe, Sydney Morning Herald

“En Masse is a thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking album, showcasing distinctive new works by emerging Australian composers.” – Claire Matthews, ClassikON


AVANT GARDENS

“It felt like a very particular privilege to be invited into the garden of amazing percussionist Claire Edwardes and be immersed in sublime music.” – Fiona (audience member)

“I loved seeing Lamorna and Jim playing their ‘lockdown’ piece. It symbolised the creativity of musicians with constraints in place; exploring the edges of what is possible; taking interesting rather than easy paths.” – audience member

“It’s rare to have so intimate a concert. The music was wonderful and the setting and atmosphere joyful.” – audience member


MUSICAL MICROPARKS

4 stars ★★★★ “Across all four installations the connection between performers was palpable and a joy to watch…Great care has been taken with all of the performances and the work is clearly evident.” – Michael Kauffman, Limelight Magazine

“All in all, the uniqueness and sincerity of the event as a whole is its greatest strength. Giving voice to real stories and moving ideas through collaborations, Musical Microparks is a truly unique and innovative event from Ensemble Offspring.” – Michael Kauffman, Limelight Magazine