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Videos

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)

Recordings

THE SECRET NOISE
THE SECRET NOISE 2014

The Secret Noise is a surreal and fantastical project exploring music and secrecy. Created by composer Damien Ricketson and performed by Ensemble Offspring, the dreamlike work has been inspired by cultural practices that deliberately shield music from public life including forbidden ceremonies, legally extinguished music, covert music-making and private love songs. The Secret Noise EP …

ONE
ONE 2013

“Displaying brilliant solo work, this recording is … mesmerising with its repetitive strains, but is also highly energetic and exciting. The multitude of different colours, along with intricate rhythmic challenges, makes this a disc of exceptional bravery by a performer, who brings to her work a creativity and uniqueness, that is so often not experienced.” …

BETWEEN THE KEYS
BETWEEN THE KEYS 2013

Exploring the work of iconic composer Harry Partch. His music was so radical he needed to build his own orchestra of new instruments to play it. For Between the Keys, we commissioned new instruments from local instrument builders and explored just intonation in world premieres by Narushima, Grady, Cole and Philip Glass. “Dedicated to new music and new ideas in music performance, Ensemble Offspring…

FLASH: MARIMBA MINIATURES
FLASH: MARIMBA MINIATURES 2011

“The title track of the recording by Matthew Hindson is typical of his high-energy music – intense, fast-paced and virtuosic. As usual Claire Edwardes responds to the music’s challenges. The piece rounds off a recording that shows off not just a fine and versatile instrument, but one of the great performers that we have in …

SPRINGTIME
SPRINGTIME 2010

Ensemble Offspring’s dedication to innovative new music is summed up in this release with an all-premiere collection of works by Finnissy, Smetanin, Tonkin, Ricketson, Shlomowitz and Kos. Springtime sparkles with the energy and vitality that characterise Ensemble Offspring’s live performances. Featuring introductory notes by legendary Australian musicologist Richard Toop. “Ensemble Offspring’s razor-sharp…

FRACTURED AGAIN
FRACTURED AGAIN 2010

Conceived by Damien Ricketson with video art by Andrew Wholley, Fractured Again is a striking audio-visual work exploring the fragile medium of glass. Premiered at the Sydney Festival and toured to China, this multisensory recording features musical instruments made of glass including the incredibly rare glass harmonica. ” … magnificent gonglike instruments made of glass sounded like …

Playlists

In Conversation

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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