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Videos

Ross Edwards: More Marimba Dances

Ensemble Offspring Season Showreel (2019)
Christopher Fox: An Extraordinary Mildness (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
Andrew Ford: Hook (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
Tristan Murail: Unanswered Questions (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
Liza Lim: Bioluminescence (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
Kate Neal: Canyon 1205 (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
Kaija Saariaho: Sept Papillons (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
Giacinto Scelsi: Maknongan (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
Christopher Tonkin: Entr’acte (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
Alex Pozniak: Instructions for Improvisation 4 (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
Cathy Milliken: Crie (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
Kaija Saariaho: Nocturne (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
Lone Hemispheres: The Solo Sessions Trailer (2020)
Mesmerism: Sydney Opera House Live
Care Packages (2020)
Sizzle Showreel (2019)
Bree van Reyk – Light for the First Time (Offspring Bites 2017)
Cassie To – Avialae (Offspring Bites 2015)
Ensemble Offspring | Live at Phoenix Central Park

Recordings

SONGBIRDS
SONGBIRDS 2020

Ensemble Offspring’s new album, Songbirds, is a surprising and beguiling collection of chamber works for flute, clarinet and percussion inspired by butcherbirds, blackbirds, lorikeets and leafcutter ants, frogs and flamingos. Originally intended to accompany the Ensemble’s 25th birthday concert tour, Birdsong at Dusk (presented as part of Sydney Festival’s Salon Series…

OFFSPRING BITES 2
OFFSPRING BITES 2 2019

Our 2nd edition launching in 2019 celebrates the output of some great Australian female composers with whom Ensemble Offspring has collaborated over a period of time – Bree van Reyk (composer and longtime member of Ensemble Offspring), Andrea Keller (Melbourne jazz pianist and composer), Holly Harrison (young Western Sydney composer), Cassie To (student composer when …

WOMEN OF NOTE
WOMEN OF NOTE 2019

Australia has always punched above our weight musically, our female-identifying musicians especially – Nellie Melba, Joan Sutherland and Eileen Joyce in particular loom large among the finest musicians of the twentieth century. But beyond these celebrated performers, the history of Australia’s female-identifying composers is equally outstanding. This compilation is a fascinating journey…

THE VANISHING
THE VANISHING 2019

The Vanishing is the long-awaited return of abstract electronic duo Oren Ambarchi & Martin Ng, in a remarkable collaboration with the acclaimed new music group Ensemble Offspring. Working together with the ensemble in 2013 for a series of concerts & recording sessions, Ambarchi & Ng developed a suite of pieces that build on the distinctive …

SOUNDS LIKE AUSTRALIA
SOUNDS LIKE AUSTRALIA 2018

Narrated by Play School’s Luke Carroll, Classic Kids introduces pre-schoolers to classical music through a musical tale of the Australian landscape. In each of the six episodes of the story, the Australian environment, landscape and weather are evoked through music and storytelling. Children learn all about the clarinet, cello, flute, piccolo and percussion…

MUSIC FOR THE DREAMING
MUSIC FOR THE DREAMING 2018

Discover how sound can tell stories and create atmosphere in Music for The Dreaming. With new compositions by Indigenous composer, Yuin woman Brenda Gifford, and performed by Ensemble Offspring, Music for The Dreaming is inspired by the seasons and the natural environment around Wreck Bay, NSW south coast…

Playlists

In Conversation

Ensemble Offspring turns 25

Ensemble Offspring turns 25

We speak to Artistic Director Claire Edwardes about a quarter-century of new music, and celebrating a milestone birthday under unusual conditions.

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A death knell for Australian arts and culture?

A death knell for Australian arts and culture?

Our artistic director weighs in on funding cuts, ‘unfunded excellence’, and the planned fee hike for arts and humanities degrees in Australian universities.

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Why I chose the less trodden path

Why I chose the less trodden path

Claire invites us on a personal journey through her career from her very first piano lessons to championing the newest, most exciting music in Australia and internationally.  

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Composer Chats: Felicity Wilcox

Composer Chats: Felicity Wilcox

Chatting to composer Felicity Wilcox about People of This Place (on Songbirds), written for clarinettist Jason Noble and the relevance of First Nations naming and place.

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Composer Chats: Hollis Taylor

Composer Chats: Hollis Taylor

A chat with American composer Hollis Taylor about her works for pied butcherbird and instruments written in collaboration with her partner Jon Rose, included on Songbirds

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Keeping the beat during iso

Keeping the beat during iso

Keeping her beat in iso – Claire chats to The Creative Issue about her experience performing and presenting digital concerts in 2020.

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Leading musician joins the zoom boom

Leading musician joins the zoom boom

Claire gives Sydney Morning Herald an insight into how Ensemble Offspring adapted to COVID-19 restrictions. The first answer – intimate concerts via Zoom. 

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Claire Edwardes’ percussion world

Claire Edwardes’ percussion world

Our artistic director talks to The Music Show’s Andrew Ford about Kontiki Racket, Classical:NEXT, gender equity and the future of classical music in Australia.

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Ngarra Burria: First Peoples’ Composers

Ngarra Burria: First Peoples’ Composers

New Waves talks to the first cohort of Ngarra-Burria:First Peoples Composers about their works, ambitions and perspectives on the role of western art music in their work. 

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Seven Stories: behind the scenes

Seven Stories: behind the scenes

Hear from Claire at City Recital Hall about the process putting together Seven Stories back in 2017 and witness a sneak peek from the early rehearsals at the Red Rattler.

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A year of female composers

A year of female composers

Clarinettist Jason Noble shares a male performer’s perspective on Ensemble Offspring’s 2017 concert season which features works solely by women composers from around the world

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Seeking the new and exciting

Seeking the new and exciting

Hannah Reardon-Smith of Kupka’s Piano interviews Claire Edwardes about 20 years of Ensemble Offspring. 

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Claire and Damien RealTime TV Interview

Claire and Damien RealTime TV Interview

On the groups 20th birthday co Artistic Directors Damien Ricketson and Claire Edwardes discuss the thinking behind their eclectic new music programming, longevity and future directions.

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