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Sonic Sites Showreel

The Surge 2021 Showreel
Sizzle Festival 2021 Showreel
Solomon Frank – Human Music (3018-2021)
Backstage Music: Gender Equity Panel
Musical Microparks 2021 Showreel
Kontiki Racket 2019 Showreel
Kaija Saariaho: Sept Papillons (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
The Secret Noise Preview
Andrew Ford: Hook (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
Replica Garden by Bree van Reyk (2020)
Xenakis Polytopes de Launceston (MOFO Showreel 2019)
Ross Edwards: More Marimba Dances
Liza Lim: Bioluminescence (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
Luciano Berio – Laborintus II (Sydney, 2014)
Cathy Milliken: Crie (Lone Hemispheres 2020)
New Global Sounds (2021)

Recordings

UNCOVERED GROUND
UNCOVERED GROUND 2021

This first-ever collection of concert works by Felicity Wilcox represents the cream of her recent chamber music compositions, including her celebrated bass clarinet work composed for Jason Noble, ‘People of this Place’, alongside works commissioned by Ensemble Offspring, Ironwood and the Australia Ensemble, as well as a movement from Wilcox’s first string quartet.

OFFSPRING BITES 3: EN MASSE
OFFSPRING BITES 3: EN MASSE 2021

Offspring Bites celebrates the most stunning chamber works commissioned by Ensemble Offspring through our Noisy Egg Creation Fund, recording them for release and pairing them with bespoke visual content. Offspring Bites 3: En Masse features works by Australian composers Alex Pozniak, Holly Harrison and Thomas Meadowcroft.

LONE HEMISPHERES: THE SOLO SESSIONS
LONE HEMISPHERES: THE SOLO SESSIONS 2020

Lone Hemispheres is Ensemble Offspring’s solo series, highlighting modern masterpieces alongside new Australian solo works. For our 2020 solo sessions, creative designer Michelle St Anne was asked to direct the 12 videos. She writes “My theme was ‘all dressed up with no place to go’, hence the socks and bare feet combined with high fashion. …

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…

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…

Offspring for All is Ensemble Offspring’s new streaming platform, bringing several of our highlight concerts each year to listeners and viewers around Australia and the world. At Ensemble Offspring we believe it is really important in these post-COVID times (can we say that yet?) to continue to reach those who are physically impaired or living remotely and regionally and we are intent on bringing the very best of living Australian music to people in their homes. Offspring for All accompanies our broad range of concert, workshop and development program that nurture and showcase the very best of Australian performing artists and composers. Enjoy!

Blue Silence – October 8 @ 8pm

Rhythms of Change now available on demand!

Learn more about Offspring for All

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In Conversation

A new digital concert series

A new digital concert series

Ensemble Offspring’s Artistic Director talks to CutCommon about the new digital concert series Offspring for All.

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Programming must get with the program

Programming must get with the program

Composer Felicity Wilcox explains why orchestras must urgently address the deficit in diversity and gender equality.

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Arts companies rattle the can

Arts companies rattle the can

Our Artistic Director sheds light on the challenges facing Sydney’s arts companies during the present pandemic.

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Chamber of Musical Curiosities

Chamber of Musical Curiosities

Paul Kildea asks Claire about her kaleidoscopic musical background and what took her down the path of music curation.

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The Music Show - Reich's Drumming

The Music Show - Reich's Drumming

Claire chats with Andrew Ford about performing one of the scariest works in the percussion repertoire ahead of our concert at Sunset Piazza in February 2021.

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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

Claire chats to The Creative Issue about her experience performing and presenting digital concerts during isolation 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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