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- Band/Small Ensemble
- Solo Artist
- Classical:NEXT 2016
company descriptionENSEMBLE OFFSPRING IS AUSTRALIA’S PRE-EMINENT NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE, DEDICATED TO THE PERFORMANCE OF INNOVATIVE NEW MUSIC. THE SYDNEY-BASED GROUP IS COMMITTED TO A LIVING CLASSICAL MUSIC TRADITION COMBINING CLASSICS OF THE 20TH CENTURY WITH THE MUSIC OF TOMORROW FROM AUSTRALIA AND ABROAD. ORIGINALLY CALLED THE SPRING ENSEMBLE AS RESIDENT ENSEMBLE IN ROGER WOODWARD’S SYDNEY SPRING FESTIVAL, THE GROUP CELEBRATED ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2015.
With a reputation for original and unique programming at the highest standard of performance, Ensemble Offspring pursues an agenda of directly shaping the music of our future. The ensemble is based on the philosophy of promoting artistic integrity, open-mindedness and challenging the way musicians and audiences think about music. Embracing an eclectic and progressive repertoire, the ensemble can be found presenting spectral, minimalist and complexist classics one week to free improvisation, multimedia and cross-genre events the next.
Outside of regular touring commitments throughout Australia, the group has performed in Europe and China, and will be one of the ensembles in residence at the Shanghai New Music Festival 2015. The Secret Noise, composed by Damien Ricketson and presented by Ensemble Offspring, won the 2015 AMC/APRA Art Music Award for Instrumental Work of the Year, and Ensemble Offspring was awarded the 2011 Art Music Award for Best Performance (along with soprano Jane Sheldon). In 2010 as the featured ensemble of the ISCM Festival, the group rose to prominence in the international contemporary music scene. With commissioning at the heart of the ensemble’s activities, it works closely with Australian composers such as Mary Finsterer, Matthew Shlomowitz, Michael Smetanin, Rosalind Page, Marcus Whale and international composers including Michael Norris, Simon Steen-Andersen, Steve Reich, Tristan Murail, Louis Andriessen and Michael Finnissy.
Past highlights include the presentation of the Australian premiere of Fausto Romitelli’s Professor Bad Trip (2011), the ongoing microtonal instrument building project, Partch’s Bastards/Between the Keys (2013, 2011 & 2003), a cross genre series presented in local bowing clubs, Sizzle (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010), successful performances as part of the 2010, 2013 and 2014 Sydney Festivals, performing in the Concert Hall of The Sydney Opera House as part of 2013 TedX Sydney and a European tour in 2013 entitled Roar, with performances in London, Den Haag, Brugge and Glasgow .