Songbirds celebrates the breathtaking virtuosity of Australian birdsong with original chamber works commissioned by Australia’s leading new music ensemble – Ensemble Offspring. Performed by Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet) and Claire Edwardes (percussion), Songbirds captures the familiar sounds of nature’s own musicians, virtuosic avian displays and Indigenous musical perspectives on these beguiling creatures of the sky. The program includes works by Hollis Taylor and Jon Rose, Fiona Loader, Brenda Gifford, Nardi Simpson, Alice Humphries and Gerard Brophy.
Throughout their rich history Ensemble Offspring have been an extraordinary force in Australian music: bold, risk-taking and tireless advocates of work by living composers.
Australian Arts Review
Fiona LoaderLorikeet Corroboree Brenda GiffordMungala (Clouds) Nardi SimpsonOf Stars and Birds Hollis Taylor & Jon RoseBitter Springs Creek 2014 Felicity Wilcox People of This Place Ella Macens Falling Embers Alice HumphriesThe Visitor (sorry, I can't stay) Gerard BrophyBeautiful Birds
This concert is part of the Daylight Express series. Goldner String Quartet will also present another concert at Elder Hall and a concert at Adelaide Town Hall.
Ensemble Offspring is Australia’s leading new music group, standing at the forefront of musical innovation. Led by internationally acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes OAM, the ensemble unites the country’s most fearless and virtuosic instrumentalists. Together, they create “visceral, joyous music” (Sydney Morning Herald) through kaleidoscopically varied performances that blaze a trail for Australian music.
At the heart of Ensemble Offspring’s mission is an unwavering commitment to the creation and dissemination of living new music. Since forming in 1995, they have commissioned and premiered over 350 new works, solidifying their position as the foremost champions of contemporary music in Australia. In particular, they actively promote underrepresented voices including female-identifying, First Nations, and emerging artists. This dedication has earned the ensemble the 2022 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award, the 2019 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award, multiple APRA Art Music Awards and two ARIA Award nominations.
Ensemble Offspring’s annual development programs are an essential pillar of Australia’s musical ecosystem. Hatched Academy is an incubator for emerging Australian artists which nurtures the next generation of cultural leaders through a composer intensive, individual mentorships, and an associate artist position; the Noisy Women Commission amplifies the voice of an exceptional female-identifying or non-binary composer; and the First Nations Composer in Residence and Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers programs elevate the music of Indigenous artists, foregrounding their rich cultural perspectives.
By boldly subverting classical traditions, Ensemble Offspring deliver concerts that “burst with imagination, energy and inspiration” (Seesaw Magazine). Through their pioneering spirit, pursuit of excellence and relentless commitment to equality, the ensemble continue to shape a vibrant and diverse future for Australian music.