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Ensemble Offspring : Open Music


Ensemble Offspring : Open Music

  • Date: Friday, 18 September 2009, 8:00pm
  • Venue: Western Australian Museum — Perth Cultural Centre, James Street, Perth, WA
  • Series: This event is part of the Totally Huge New Music Festival series
  • Tickets: $30/$25 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (08) 9484 1133

Event Details

The concept of the open form has appeared in many of Ensemble Offspring's programs. The open form challenges the idea that the musical work is a fixed entity in the imagination of the composer and deliberately promotes a multitude of possible versions.

The rationale for open form has ranged from purely pragmatic concerns - an open scored work, for example, is more easily played by any available combination of instruments - to philosophical concerns - an open work could be seen as a metaphor for viewing the world from a plural viewpoint: a world defined by infinite perspectives rather than unalterable truths. The full implication of the open work, however, finds its essential articulation in the works and ideas of John Cage.

Ensemble Offspring's Open Music program brings together an eclectic selection of works from mostly American composers each displaying some attributes of openness.

Featured non-Australian music: Glass, Zorn, Cage, Reich

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Same steps : solo clarinet & any combination of violin, cello, electric guitar, accordion & optional auxiliary instruments (2007) by Damien Ricketson
— performed by Ensemble Offspring

Featured artists

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