Steve Reich Radio Rewrite
Steve Reich Double Sextet
Steve Reich (arr. Claire Edwardes) Vermont Counterpoint for vibraphone, xylophone and pre-recorded track
Claire Edwardes percussion/Artistic Director
Daryl Pratt conductor/percussion
Joshua Hill percussion
Veronique Serret violin
Jenny Khafagi violin
James Wannan viola
Blair Harris cello
Rowena McNeish cello
Lamorna Nightingale flute
Lisa Osmialowski flute
Jason Noble clarinet
Ashley Smith clarinet
Zubin Kanga piano
Sonya Lifschitz piano
Jacques Emery electric bass
Sydney’s very own musical mavericks, Ensemble Offspring, showcase the music of Steve Reich in a one-off program, the likes of which Sydney gets to see but once a decade.
With a reputation for original programming at the highest level, Ensemble Offspring pursues an agenda of directly shaping the music of our time. Embracing an eclectic and progressive repertoire, the ensemble has been described as having an “uncompromising assertiveness” and as "systematically undercutting artistic pretension”.
Ensemble Offspring is led by acclaimed percussionist and founding member, Claire Edwardes, and features a core line-up of seven of Australia’s most well-regarded and virtuosic musicians; Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet), Veronique Serret (violin), Blair Harris (cello), Bree van Reyk (drum kit & percussion) and Zubin Kanga (piano) and will expand in this performance to include some of Australia’s most well known exponents of new music including Ashley Smith (Perth), Sonya Lifschitz (Sydney) and Jenny Khafagi (Melbourne).
In 2015, Ensemble Offspring celebrated 20 years of championing new and innovative music, showcasing their astounding journey from a student group co-founded by composers Matthew Shlomowitz and long-time Artistic Director Damien Ricketson, to the internationally esteemed ensemble it is today. The ensemble is based on the philosophy of promoting artistic integrity, open-mindedness and challenging the way artists and audiences think about music.
Ensemble Offspring is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts advisory body, and the NSW Government through Create NSW.
Time, venue and program are subject to change