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Hark the Machine


Hark the Machine

  • Date: Sunday, 11 February 2018, 3pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $45 | Concession: $38 | Student: $30 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9250 7777

Event Details

Crunch. Boom. Grind. Ensemble Offspring transforms the Utzon Room with music of today and the sounds of tomorrow.

Creak. Groan. Fizz. Like an old machine gradually coming to life, we hear the rhythmic drive of American composers David Lang and Annie Gosfield.

Pulse, pop, shake. Sounds rooted in jazz emerge from music by pianist and composer, Andrea Keller (2017 Merlyn Myer Music Commission), and Sydney composer Fiona Hill (Noisy Women Commission) transports us to a meditative other-world in a work for sextet so new the ink will still be wet.


Fiona HillPentography (World premiere) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano [10’]
Andrea KellerLove in Solitude for piano, percussion, flute, clarinet + electronics [15′]
Thomas MeadowcroftMedieval Rococo for keyboard, percussion, flute, clarinet + electronics [12’]
Annie GosfieldCranks & Cactus Needles for flute, piano, violin, cello [6’]
David LangCheating, Lying, Stealing for piano, percussion, cello, bass clarinet, and brake drums [10’5]


Georgina Oakes (Hatched Academy Associate Artist)
Veronique Serret (violin)
Blair Harris (cello)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Jacob Abela (piano)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)

Featured non-Australian music: David Lang, Annie Gosfield

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0421 238 636 or by email to admin@ensembleoffspring.com

Featured Australian Works

Love in solitude : for four musicians and pre-recorded soundscape (2017) by Andrea Keller
— performed by Ensemble Offspring
Medieval Rococo : for alto flute, clarinet in Bb, percussion, harpsichord and playback (2016) by Thomas Meadowcroft
— performed by Ensemble Offspring
Pentography (sextets: flute, clarinet, percussion, keyboard, violin, cello) (2018) by Fiona Hill — World premiere
— performed by Ensemble Offspring

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