PROJECTS

 Ensemble Offspring

Ensemble Offspring

ENSEMBLE OFFSPRING
Artistic Director & percussionist

Dynamic Sydney-based collective, Ensemble Offspring, is dedicated to adventurous new music. Led by Artistic Director, award winning percussionist Claire Edwardes, the organisation celebrated its 20th birthday in 2015. Its virtuoso team of musicians boasts broad ranging talents and a passion for performing the music of our time. Often cited as Australia’s most influential force in new music today, the ensemble won the 2016 APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Organisation. Over its twenty-year history, Ensemble Offspring has premiered more than 100 new works and presents an annual program of over 30 concerts a year in Australia and abroad.

"one of the most exciting listening experiences I have ever enjoyed.” Sydney Morning Herald

 Karin Schaupp, guitar

Karin Schaupp, guitar

KARIN SCHAUPP
DERVISH - guitar/percussion

Acclaimed Australian chamber musician and much loved guitarist Karin Schaupp teams up with Claire Edwardes on mallet percussion in their second partnership. Since forming as a duo in 2015 the pair have collaborated with an array of Australian composers including Nigel Westlake, Ross Edwards, Maria Grenfell, Gerard Brophy and Connor d'Netto. Through the mellow and sensual medium of marimba, vibraphone and guitar in 'Dervish' audiences are transported to another whirling world through the works of  Isbilen, Albinez, Brophy, Houghton, Kats-Chernin, Clare Strong and Paul Stanhope. The concert is accompanied  by live video art by Todd Fuller.

"Edwardes played with an agility that was mesmerising and the depth of the forest succinctly radiated from the suggestions of Karin Schaupp’s guitar recital.” The Culture Concept

 Bernadette Harvey, piano

Bernadette Harvey, piano

Bernadette Harvey
RITUAL - piano/percussion

Treasured chamber musicians Claire Edwardes and Bernadette Harvey have been collaborating for over 10 years and have featured in many national series and festivals including ABC Sunday Live (Sydney Conservatorium/Eugene Goossens Hall), Aurora Living Music Festival (Western Sydney), Ozasia Festival (Adelaide) and Australian Festival of Chamber Music (Townsville). RITUAL is an accessible and engaging duo program featuring works by JS Bach, Franz Liszt, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Kevin Puts and a world premiere by Katy Abbott.

“The consummate skills of Edwardes and Harvey were confirmed in the final work by Birtwistle…it was an appropriate conclusion to a smartly curated concert of challenging and beguiling woks from two inspiring performers.” RealTime

 Claire Edwardes, percussion

Claire Edwardes, percussion

CLAIRE IN SOLO

Claire is a muse for many composers and this programs showcases recent works written for her by composers Nicole Lizee, Matthew Shlomowitz, Elizabeth Younan, Ella Macens and her own composition for waterphone solo ‘ether lines’.  Discover a magical new sonic world and hear hand-made music boxes, piano lids and iPad like never before.

“Edwardes colours everything she plays with exuberance, intelligence and sensitivity and offers us here a great percussion primer.” Limelight Magazine

 Richard Cilli, dancer

Richard Cilli, dancer

RECITAL
percussion, dance & electronica
 

A music & dance recital in 6 parts. Cutting edge percussionist, Claire Edwardes and contemporary dancer, Richard Cilli unite their distinct virtuosic talents to create a unique double-act. What first appears as an expository or formal recital however soon reveals a more complex and disturbing shadow of difference and rivalry in the pair. By the end, consigned to perform in parallel isolation, Claire and Richard’s on stage solo acts merge into a mesmeric out of body experience backed by pulsing light and immersive electronica.

“Well, it’s an installation, really. Well, no, it’s more dance theatre. Well, it’s both. And a concert, or recital. With a little bit of circus sideshow. It’s all of these things. And more.” SOS

 Claire Edwardes, toy glockenspiel

Claire Edwardes, toy glockenspiel

GLAMOUR
SOLO PERCUSSION

Vincent Ho - Nostalgia (vibraphone)
Nicole Lizee - new work
Ella Macens - Colour Burst (drums & temple blocks)
Claire Johnston - Moonlight Meditation (metal percussion)
Elizabeth Younan - Electors of Middle March (voice & drums)
Casey Cangelosi - Glamour (metronome & bottles)
Sarah Elise Thompson - II (gong solo)

“Her absolute mastery of all things percussion was truly spectacular to watch...The performance was deservedly met with a standing ovation.”  Limelight Magazine, July 2015