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Spectral Tech

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney

Shards of sound and jagged rhythms envelop your ears and tickle your feet as Ensemble Offspring brings to life the wild and uncompromising squiggles of local composers Alex Pozniak, Tristan Coelho and Holly Harrison.With sound worlds so distinctive, we needed to coin a new name for their music. We’re calling it “Spectral Tech”. The virtuosic ...

Exit Ceremonies

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney

Exit Ceremonies celebrates the darkness with lush, pulsating new works for pipe organ and mixed ensemble. Two of Australia’s most vibrant musical forces, the Australian Art Orchestra and Ensemble Offspring, unite with celebrated young composer-pianists Austin Buckett and Simon James Phillips, who have each created immersive works exploiting the extraordinary array of sonic effects that ...

Future Retro

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney

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 ...

Hatched

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney

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 ...

The Oriental Other

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney

Ensemble Offspring and Riley Lee will present three contemporary works that explore Western art music's representation of its Oriental other: based primarily in Europe, but of partial Chinese heritage, Tona Scherchen-Hsiao's suite, Yi, is one of her only works to tangibly recall the folk music of her years spent with her mother in China; written ...

2008 Sibelius Composer Awards

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney

In 2008, composers from secondary schools and tertiary colleges across the country unlocked their imaginations to go into the running for Australia’s most prestigious young composer awards. The winners of the secondary and tertiary categories went home with an impressive package of prizes including, cash and the latest music technology products. The 2008 Sibelius Composer ...

2007 Sibelius Student Composer Awards

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney

In collaboration with Sibelius Australia, Ensemble Offspring unearths the finest that Australia’s next generation of composers have to offer. Also featuring works written especially for the ensemble by Bozidar Kos and Michael Finnissy alongside Australian Composer Michael Smetanin's Spray. Download concert program here

Floof!

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney

Floof!...the first comprehensible word spoken by a spluttering poetry machine and the title of Esa Pekka Salonen's award winning chamber piece for the crazy antics of amplified coloratura soprano and ensemble. In a special collaborative performance, Ensemble Offspring and Halcyon join forces to present this and other recent works in a program for voice and ...

The Art of Percussion

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney

Ensemble Offspring teams up with one of the country's most successful young percussionists, Claire Edwardes, to present a chamber concert dedicated to the art of percussion. The concert features the Australian premieres of new percussion concertinos including the radical textures of Heinz Hollinger and the urban drive of Steve Mackey. The Ensemble also presents new ...

Bozidar Kos composer profile

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney

Since migrating to Australia as a jazz musician from Slovenia, Bozidar Kos has established himself as one of Australia’s foremost musical craftsmen. Ensemble Offspring profiles this respected composer as he reaches his 70th birthday with a concert of chamber music written by him and by younger Australian composers with whom he has enjoyed a close ...