Ensemble Offspring Presents ‘Beginnings to New Ends’


Georgina Oakes at Sizzle. Image credit  Christopher Hayles.
Georgina Oakes at Sizzle. Image credit Christopher Hayles.

Generations converge as Ensemble Offspring pits Artistic Director and leading percussionist Claire Edwardes against up-and-coming instrumental talent Georgina Oakes in their production Beginnings to New Ends which includes two Australian premieres and a world premiere.

Claire performs a set of colourful percussion solos, written in collaboration with emerging female composers. Alongside her will be Ensemble Offspring’s first-ever Associate Artist, clarinettist Georgina Oakes, who returns from 10 years in Europe to wow us with her new music pedigree after working with the likes of Pierre Boulez and Tristan Murail. Beginnings to New Ends promises to be an exhilarating tilt at future sounds featuring gongs, drums, winds and even recited text.

The programme: Ella Macens – Colour Burst (2017) for percussion 6’
Dobrinka Tabakova – Frozen River Flows (2005) for clarinet & vibraphone (Australian Premiere) 6’30
Pierre Boulez – Domaines (1968/9) for clarinet 9′
Michael Smetanin – Ladder of Escape (1984) for clarinet 4’
Michael Smetanin – Temple (2015) for temple blocks (Australian Premiere) 4’
Elizabeth Younan – Electors of Middlemarch (2018) for drum set up & voice solo (World Premiere) 8’
Christopher Fox – Reeling (1983) for clarinet & hi-hat cymbal 6’30




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