Jul
27
to Aug 4

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

  • Townsville, QLD Australia (map)
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The 28th Australian Festival of Chamber Music, will take place in tropical North Queensland from Friday 27th July to Sunday 5th August. Artistic Director Kathryn Stott will bring more than 30 musicians from all around the world to Townsville to perform over the 10 days. Some 25 concerts and 5 special events, including a magical concert on the beach of Orpheus Island, and a concert on Magnetic Island will entertain visitors and locals alike.

More details about my involvement to come - for more info visit: https://www.afcm.com.au/festival/2018-festival/

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Jul
31
7:30 PM19:30

BIRDSONG AT DUSK - EO

Ensemble Offspring will be playing in a vibrant program of concerts and exhibitions at the Delmar Gallery, Trinity Grammar School. Every work on the program was written in collaboration with the musicians of the ensemble and features them as soloists and long-time passionate chamber music collaborators.

 

Program:

Fiona Loader - Lorikeet Corroboree for flute, clarinet, vibraphone, 7’
Hollis Taylor - Owen Springs Reserve for vibraphone and field recording, 6.5’
Felicity Wilcox - Yurabirong for bass clarinet, 6’
Melody Eotvos - Leafcutter for clarinet and vibraphone, 5'
Holly Harrison - Vibe Rant for vibraphone, flutes and clarinet, 7’
Tristan Coelho - new work for solo flute, 5’

 

More info available here: https://issuu.com/delmargallery/docs/society_of_the_arts_2018_concert_pr

 

 

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Aug
16
12:00 AM00:00

ABC Classic Kids: Music for the Dreaming - EO

An immersive introduction to live classical music and storytelling created especially for young children.

Discover how sound can tell stories in this magnificent musical experience. With new compositions inspired by Dreamtime stories, this tailored and interactive show will develop sensory perception, musical literacy and awareness of instrument sounds in a fun and relaxed format, perfect for ages 2 – 5.

Music for The Dreaming is a brand new production celebrating new classical music for young Australian audiences. After the show, kids can meet the musicians and instruments.

Presented by Sydney Opera House, ABC KIDS listen and ABC Classic FM in collaboration with Ensemble Offspring and composer Brenda Gifford of the 2017 Indigenous Composers Initiative.

 

For more details visit: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/Kids-and-Families/2018/abc-classic-kids-music-for-the-dreaming.html

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Sep
10
to Sep 18

Ensemble Offspring Tura Tour

We're excited to be hosting a number of workshops for new student works during our visits to Albany and Perth.

 

Program (more to come soon!):

Holly Harrison - Vibe Rant for vibraphone, flutes and clarinet, 7’, 
Holly Harrison - Frogstomp for flutes, bass clarinet and percussion, 4’3
Thomas Meadowcroft - Medieval Rococo for keyboard, percussion, flute, clarinet + electronics, 12’ 
Erik Griswold - Action Music II for full ensemble, 6’5

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Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

Spectral Tech - EO

  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music (map)
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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 unique, we needed to coin a new name for their music. We’re calling it “Spectral Tech”. The virtuosic musicians of Ensemble Offspring get down and dirty with these three premieres alongside an ensemble favourite, Thirteen Colours of the Setting Sun, by French spectralist, Tristan Murail. Roland Peelman conducts and Sean Bacon provides live images for this immersive sound light sensation at the Sydney Conservatorium.

 

Program:

Tristan Coelho – New work (World Premiere) for vibraphone 5’
Holly Harrison – Sextet (World Premiere) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano 10’
Alex Pozniak – New work (World Premiere) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano + conductor 20’
Tristan Murail – Thirteen Colours of the Setting Sun for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello + conductor 13’

 

For details visit: http://ensembleoffspring.com/the-music/upcoming-shows/spectral-tech/

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Nov
9
to Nov 12

SYDNEY SYMPHONY - MacMillan Percussion Concerto 2

4 performances at the Sydney Opera House with David Robertson and the Sydney Symphony of James MacMillan's 2nd Percussion Concerto, which will be an Australian premiere. The concerto will be performed on 3 occasions https://www.sydneysymphony.com/concerts-and-tickets/whats-on/event/beethoven-seven
https://www.sydneysymphony.com/concerts-and-tickets/whats-on/event/prokofiev-five

NOVEMBER - Wednesday 7 6:30pm | Thursday 8 1:30pm | Monday 12 7pm 

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Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

Lone Hemispheres - EO

Ensemble Offspring presents seminal works by revolutionary architect, mathematician and composer Iannis Xenakis, alongside newly commissioned solos by Canadian composer, Nicole Lizée, Berlin-based Australian, Cathy Milliken, and Sydney composer, Michael Smetanin.

 

Program:

Iannis Xenakis - Rebonds for percussion, 13’
Iannis Xenakis - Mikka/Mikka S for violin, 4’
Iannis Xenakis - Evryali for piano, 9’5
Nicole Lizee - New work (World Premiere) for percussion, 10’
Cathy Milliken - New work (World Premiere) for violin solo, 6-8’
Michael Smetanin - New work (World Premiere) for piano solo, 8’

 

For more details visit: http://carriageworks.com.au/events/lone-hemispheres/

 

 

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Dec
10
to Dec 14

Hatched Composers Summer School - EO

APPLICATIONS FOR OUR HATCHED COMPOSER SUMMER SCHOOL WILL OPEN IN MARCH 2018 SO STAY TUNED. 

Held in Sydney from 10-14 December 2018, this will be a five-day intensive program of:

  • instrumental workshops,
  • one-on-one mentoring sessions,
  • round table discussions and
  • professionally documented informal concerts.

The Summer School will be open to six successful compositional applicants, and be led by guest mentor, Matthew Shlomowitz, a London-based, internationally acclaimed composer and Ensemble Offspring co-founder. Also on faculty will be several high-profile Australian composers, as well as the core members of Ensemble Offspring, who will be in residence at this week-long intensive event.

Emerging composers from around Australia are encouraged to apply. There is no age limit however composers should be within 8 years of graduating from a music degree at a tertiary institution.

We'll be finishing the program with a concert at Glebe Town Hall. More details to come soon.

 

Program:

Matthew Shlomowitz – Lecture About Bad Music for lecturer, clarinet, electric guitar, synthesizer and violin (book electric guitarist), 41’
Andrew Ford - Jezebel (World premiere) for percussion + soprano, 15’

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Feb
21
12:00 AM00:00

Lone Hemispheres (concert 2) - EO

Program:

Salvatore Sciarrino - Let Me Die Before I Wake for solo clarinet, 9’5
Damien Ricketson - New work (World Premiere) for solo clarinet, 7’
Tristan Murail - Unanswered Questions for solo flute, 4’3
Elizabeth Younan - New work (World Premiere) for solo flute, 7’
Vinki Globokar - ?Corporel for solo percussion, 9’
Kate Neal - Self Accusation for percussion, 7’5

 

A reprise of our performance in 2018 - more details to come!

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Jun
24
3:00 PM15:00

Beginnings to New Ends - EO

Generations converge in Beginnings to New Ends as champions of fearless music (Ensemble Offspring) pit Artistic Director and leading percussionist, Claire Edwardes, against the next up-and-coming instrumental talent. Edwardes performs a set of colourful percussion solos, all written in collaboration with her, by emerging female composers. Featuring gongs, drums, metals and even recited text, these original works are beguiling and sonically stimulating.  Alongside Claire will be Ensemble Offspring’s first-ever Associate Artist, clarinettist Georgina Oakes. She returns from 10 years in Europe to wow us with her new music pedigree - having worked with the likes of Pierre Boulez and Tristan Murail. You’ll want front row seats for this experience of future-making in progress.

 

Program:

Dobrinka Tabakova - Frozen River Flows 6’30
Elizabeth Younan - Electors of Middlemarch 8’00 (drum set up & voice)
Pierre Boulez - clarinet solo 7 or 14'
Matthew Hindson - Accelerating Hi-hat 5’ OR Ella Macens - Colour Burst 6’
Martin Wesley Smith - White Knight 9’30 (tape, clarinet, marimba)

 

For further info visit: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/classical-music/2018/crescendo/ensemble-offspring-june.html

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May
15
6:30 PM18:30

A Voyage of Musical Discovery - Program 2

Legendary conductor and music educator Richard Gill AO and the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra are on a Voyage of Musical Discovery, designed especially for high school music students. In collaboration with some of Australia’s finest ensembles, including The World According to James, Ensemble Offspring, and Camerata Antica, we are proud to present a series of three concerts in which Richard Gill will lead students through the music of past and present, exploring new Australian music, ancient music, and jazz alongside Classical and Romantic repertoire on period instruments.

 

Program:

Holly Harrison - Vibe Rant for vibraphone, flute and clarinet 7’
Bree van Reyk - Light for the First Time for piano, flute, clarinet, vibraphone, violin, 11’5
Cassie To - Avialae for violin, cello, piano, flute, clarinet and vibraphone, 9’
Thomas Meadowcroft - Medieval Rococo for keyboard, percussion, flute, clarinet + electronics, 12’

 

For more info visit: https://www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/gill-voyage-texture

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May
6
6:30 PM18:30

CIMF: Final Serenade

The final notes of the 2018 Festival take us into the night with celebrated music by Debussy, Bernstein and Finsterer. Recognised as one of the most inspiring and gregarious musicians of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein poured his deepest musical and human concerns into the Serenade for solo violin and string orchestra. In this final concert Debussy’s sensuous dances feature alongside Finsterer’s award-winning tribute to the blind writer Borges.

 

Program:

Mary Finsterer (b. 1962): In Praise of Darkness (AP)
Claude Debussy (1867-1918): Danses sacrée et profane L 103
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990): Serenade after Plato’s Symposium

 

For further details visit: http://www.cimf.org.au/2018-calendar/6/5/2018/final-serenade

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May
6
11:00 AM11:00

CIMF: Peter and the Wolf

The enduring charm of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf justifies its place in any festival. Young ears will also prick up for Lewis Carroll’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party realised by five musicians representing Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Dormouse, the March Hare and … Time!

 

Program:

Holly Harrison (b. 1988): The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (WP)
Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805): Minuet from String Quintet in E major, op. 11, no. 5
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Peter and the Wolf, op. 67

 

For more details visit: http://www.cimf.org.au/2018-calendar/6/5/2018/peter-and-the-wolf

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May
4
to May 5

CIMF: A Soldier's Return

In 1918 Stravinsky turned the folk story of a soldier trading his violin with the devil into The Soldier’s Tale, “to be read, played and danced”. In a most unsentimental fashion, this 60-minute musical play marks the end of four horrible years whilst hinting at the enduring human capacity to make a pact with the devil. Millions had lost their lives. Few soldiers returning from the battlefield in 1918 would have been unaffected, physically or mentally. One hundred years later, the effects of PTSD are the subject of medical research and broader community awareness. This new project of Canberra Wind Symphony is the direct result of working with servicemen and women returning from the theatre of war in various parts around the globe.

 

PROGRAM

Details to be announced - Including new work by Jodie Blackshaw and
Martyn Hancock.

Igor Stravinsky,  The Soldier’s Tale - L’Histoire du soldat  (1918)

 

For further details visit: http://www.cimf.org.au/2018-calendar/5/5/2018/a-soldier-return

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May
4
to May 21

ABC Classic Kids: SOUNDS LIKE AUSTRALIA - EO

Treat little ears to musical soundscapes and classical compositions with Sounds Like Australia.

In this immersive introduction to music, children will learn about instrument sounds, develop their musical vocabulary, and explore the importance of listening.

This light-hearted, participatory show will delight kids with sounds evocative of the Australian landscape. Sounds Like Australia is a brand new production celebrating classical music for young audiences. After the show, kids can meet the musicians and instruments.

Presented by Sydney Opera House, ABC KIDS listen and ABC Classic FM in collaboration with Ensemble Offspring and composer Jessica Wells.

 

Season runs from Friday 4 May – Monday 21 May, 2018.

For more info visit: http://ensembleoffspring.com/the-music/upcoming-shows/sounds-like-australia/

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May
2
12:00 PM12:00

CIMF: Glass Games

The Kingston foreshore Powerhouse building that is now the home of Canberra Glassworks, together with Fitters’ Workshop, belongs to the earliest industrial architecture in the ACT. Now a unique and busy centre of glassblowing activity, the building’s large open spaces, furnaces and workshops form the backdrop for a musical ‘hot shop’. Audiences will have an opportunity to hear and see several festival artists in solo mode alongside glass blowers and their newest creations.

 

Program:

Philip Glass (1931): Violin solo
Kate Moore (b. 1979): Spel (Game) for vibraphone
Benjamin Drury (b. ): new work for vibraphone and tape
Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931): Sonata for violin solo
Luciano Berio (1925-2003): Naturale for viola, percussion and tape

 

For more info visit: http://www.cimf.org.au/2018-calendar/2/5/2018/queanbeyan-event-in-and-around-q-theatre

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Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

SIZZLE 2018 - EO

From art music to pop music and everything in between, Sizzle returns to the Petersham Bowling Club for another year of free, family-friendly aural delights.

2018 features Ensemble Offspring’s virtuosic instrumentalists alongside two driving forces in Sydney’s music world; Satsuki Odamura and her Koto Ensemble and Alice Chance with her new work for you, the audience, entitled The Audience Choir.

David Lang’s Cheating, Lying, Stealing whirls through the club alongside the Australian premiere of Erik Griswold’s Action Music 2, and we once again hear from 2017 Hatched Academy composer Ciaran Frame with his catchy quartet Listeners as Spectators.

Our brand new Hatched Associate Artist, Georgina Oakes joins us for the first time on clarinet and Liz Jigalin returns with another interactive musical experience featuring her Sound Parcels downstairs – a one on one sonic adventure where you get to take home your own little sound parcel made live by Liz.

Bring along the family and revel in the fun and raucous variety show that is Ensemble Offspring’s annual Sizzle.

 

Program:

Erik Griswold - Action Music II (World Premiere) for bass clarinet, viola, percussion, keyboard, clarinet, cello, flute,  12’
Ciaran Frame - Listeners as Spectators for bass clarinet, viola, percussion, keyboard + electronics, 8’
David Lang - Cheating, Lying, Stealing for piano, percussion, cello, bass clarinet (Georgina), 2 brake drums (Jason & Lamorna), 10’5
Sydney Koto Ensemble 15’
Alice Chance Audience Choir, 15’
Elizabeth Jigalin – Sound Parcels performances & survey (WP)
Georgina Oakes – solo set

 

For more info visit: http://ensembleoffspring.com/the-music/upcoming-shows/sizzle-6/

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Mar
4
3:00 PM15:00

TESSERA - EO Artistree Tour, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Sinfonietta present Notating Beauty that Moves – Music At An Exhibition, presenting musical scores from the hands of composers both past and present.

These scores are placed among works-on-paper, drawings, moving images, texts, photography, paintings, by artists who may or may not have been trained in music.

A series of concerts, featuring members of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the acclaimed Australian group Ensemble Offspring, will put a spotlight on the process through which musical signs are translated into physical motions.

 

Program:

Charles Kwong - New Work (violin, clarinet, flute, percussion) WP 5’
Melody Eotvos - Leafcutter for clarinet and vibraphone, 5'
Jane Stanley - Helix Reflection for flute and clarinet, 5'
Holly Harrison - Vibe Rant for vibraphone, flutes and clarinets, 7’
Hollis Taylor - Owen Springs Reserve for vibraphone and field recording, 6.5’
Tristan Coelho - As The Dust Settles
Claude Vivier - Piece for Violin and Clarinet, 6’
Damien Ricketson - Tesserae for clarinet, violin and vibraphone, 10'

 

For more info visit: http://ensembleoffspring.com/the-music/upcoming-shows/hong-kong-artistree-tour/

 

 

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Mar
3
3:00 PM15:00

CONNECTING THE DOTS - EO Artistree Tour, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Sinfonietta present Notating Beauty that Moves – Music At An Exhibition, presenting musical scores from the hands of composers both past and present.

These scores are placed among works-on-paper, drawings, moving images, texts, photography, paintings, by artists who may or may not have been trained in music.

A series of concerts, featuring members of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the acclaimed Australian group Ensemble Offspring, will put a spotlight on the process through which musical signs are translated into physical motions.”

 

Program:

Erik Griswold - Action Music 2 (tutti) 6’5 WP
Seth Cluett - new work (tutti) WP
Earle Brown - On December 1952 (tutti) 6’
Marcus Whale - Slatted Light for flute, clarinet, percussion, violin 8’
Louis Andriessen - Workers Union with HKS (tutti) 17'

 

For more info visit: http://ensembleoffspring.com/the-music/upcoming-shows/hong-kong-artistree-tour/

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Feb
11
3:00 PM15:00

HARK THE MACHINE - EO

  • Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)
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Crunch. Boom. Grind. Ensemble Offspring transforms the Utzon Room with music of today and the sounds of tomorrow.

Creak. Groan. Fizz. Like an old machine gradually coming to life, we hear the rhythmic drive of American composers David Lang and Annie Gosfield. 

Pulse, pop, shake. Sounds rooted in jazz emerge from music by pianist and composer, Andrea Keller (2017 Merlyn Myer Music Commission), and Sydney composer Fiona Hill (Noisy Women Commission) transports us to a meditative other-world in a work for sextet so new the ink will still be wet.

 

Program:

Annie Gosfield – Cranks & Cactus Needles (Australian Premiere) for flute, piano, violin, cello, 6’
Andrea Keller - Love in Solitude for piano, percussion, flute, clarinet + electronics, 15’
Fiona Hill – Pentography (World Premiere) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano, 10’
Thomas Meadowcroft - Medieval Rococo for keyboard, percussion, flute, clarinet + electronics, 12’
David Lang - Cheating, Lying, Stealing for piano, percussion, cello, bass clarinet, 2 brake drums (Lamorna & Veronique), 10’5

 

For more info visit: http://ensembleoffspring.com/the-music/events-2018/hark-the-machine/

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