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
guitar/percussion

Acclaimed Australian chamber musician and much loved guitarist Karin Schaupp teams up with Claire Edwardes on mallet percussion in an all Australian program. The pair present an array of works by Australian composers including Nigel Westlake, Ross Edwards and Peter Sculthorpe in which place is given a musical context. Through the mellow and sensual medium of marimba, vibraphone and guitar the audience is taken on a musical journey through the Australian outback, into the rainforests and back to the coast. New works have been written for the duo in 2015 and 2016 by Gerard Brophy, Tim Hansen and Connor d’Netto.

"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
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). They performed the Australian premiere of ‘The Axe Manual’ by Harrison Birtwistle as well as Kevin Puts ‘Ritual Protocol’, and have had duo works written for them by Australian composers Alex Pozniak, Cyrus Meurant and Tim Dargaville.

“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

SIXSIX
SOLO
 

Premiering in 2018. Two nights of solo percussion performed by Claire Edwardes in unique venues around Australia. At the peak of her career, this larger than life solo recital series will highlight Claire’s unparalleled skills performing seminal percussion solo's and pair them with six new 'sister' works. Existing tour-de-force solo works by Franco Donatoni (Omar), Frederic Rzewski (To The Earth), Morton Feldman (King of Denmark), Vinko Globokar (Corporel), Harrison Birtwistle (The Axe Manual) and Iannis Xenakis (Psappha) will be paired with new solo's by an impressive line up of international and Australian composers Nicole Lizee, Yannis Kyriakides, Tristan Coelho, Peter Knight, Kate Neal and Claire Edwardes. Ensemble Offspring pianist extraordinaire Zubin Kanga will join Claire for the performances.

“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

versus
percussion, dance & electronica
 

Creative development in 2017 Sub Station, Melbourne. Premiering in 2018.
A collaboration between Sydney Dance Company principal dancer Richard Cilli and Claire Edwardes as percussionist and co-creator with electronics by Peter Knight. VersUS explores how we transcend our disparities - two very different contemporary artists collide in this exploration of the elements that seemingly divide us. Touching on age, gender, sexuality and even the Gen X/Y gap, Claire and Richard use dance, music, and personal stories to explore their contrasting backgrounds and resolve their outward differences, with an overwhelming confluence winning out. VersUS will draw audiences in with its visceral energy, humour and thought provoking moments, carried by virtuosic performances by two of Australia's foremost in their fields. 

“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

HI HAT AND ME
SOLO

Premiering in 2017, Macedon Music & Geelong Grammar School. Enter the weird and wonderful world of percussion through the remarkable talents of Australia’s own sorceress of percussion, Claire Edwardes. Hitting, scraping, shaking and finding intriguing sound in everything from clay flower pots to hi hats, glass bottles to bathroom tiles, Claire’s program features a new work by her alongside an arrangement of Mozart’s 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' for glockenspiel and a theatrical solo for maracas and electronics. Come and find out how to play a waterphone and be transported by this aural feast! Works by Alvarez, Edwardes, Shlomowitz, Mozart, Rzewski, Stockhausen, Cangelosi and Smetanin.

“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