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Future Retro


Future Retro

  • Date: Sunday, 25 October 2015, 3pm & 6pm
  • Venue: Sydney Conservatorium of Music — Cnr Macquarie St and Bridge St, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adult $40 | Concession $30 | Student $20

Event Details

This October Australia’s champions of innovative new music, Sydney based Ensemble Offspring, presents FUTURE RETRO – a concert in celebration of the group’s 20th anniversary.

A two-part concert, this will be both a celebration reflecting on the past 20 years of Ensemble Offspring’s most memorable performances and a special glimpse into the vibrant future of Australian music. Entitled FUTURE, part one of the concert celebrates the very best in Australia’s emerging musical talent.

FUTURE celebrates the very best in Australia’s emerging musical talent. Kicking off at 3pm, Future will include five world premieres from composers Tristan Coelho, Cassie To and Kezia Yap (Sydney Conservatorium), and Samuel Smith and Dan Thorpe from our mentoring program, the Hatched Academy.

Part two, entitled RETRO, will be a diverse homage to the group’s 20-year history of life-changing music. Works include the funky sonic ping-pong of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s Hoketus, the exhilarating virtuosity of French composer Gerard Grisey’s Talea and a creative remake of the masterful textures of Hungarian György Ligeti in Beyond Atmospheres.

Offering fresh and edgy new ways of experiencing sound, FUTURE RETRO is a brilliant look towards the future of music in our country and a musical celebration not to be missed!


Sydney Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sunday 25th October 2015
Concert 1 @ 3pm: Future Adult $40 | Concession $30 | Student $20 book online
Concert 2 @ 6pm: Retro Adult $40 | Concession $30 | Student $20 book online
Both Concerts (3pm & 6pm) Adult $70 | Concession $50 | Student $30 book online

Ticket purchases will attract a small booking fee


Concert 1: Future
Kate Moore – Fern
Tristan Coelho – read/write error (AP) Commissioned through the Noisy Egg Creation Fund
Samuel Smith (Hatched Academy) – threaded through meridians (WP)
Dan Thorpe (Hatched Academy) – Mercury Vapour Seismology (WP)
Cassie To (Sydney Conservatorium composer) – Avialae (WP)
Kezia Yap (Sydney Conservatorium composer) – Coalesce (WP)

Concert 2: Retro
Louis Andriessen – Hoketus
Gerard Grisey – Talea
Gyorgy Ligeti – Beyond Atmospheres


Lamorna Nightingale and Jodie Rottle (flutes)
Jason Noble and Diana Springford (clarinets)
Veronique Serret and Elizabeth Welsh (violin)
Geoffrey Gartner and Mary Christina Rapp (cello)
Claire Edwardes and Bree van Reyk (percussion)
Zubin Kanga and Jacob Abela (piano)
Ben Carey and Martin Kay (saxophone)
Peter Kossen & Mary Christina Rapp (electric bass)
Martin Ng (turntables)
Ben Carey (electronics)

Featured non-Australian music: Louis Andriessen - Hoketus, Gerard Grisey - Talea, Gyorgy Ligeti - Beyond Atmospheres

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by email to admin@ensembleoffspring.com

Featured Australian Works

Fern (quartets: flute, clarinet, 2 percussion - with pre-recorded sound) (2012) by Kate Moore
— performed by Ensemble Offspring
read/write error : for alto flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano (2015) by Tristan Coelho — Australian premiere
— performed by Ensemble Offspring

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