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  • Date: Friday, 2 September 2011, 8:00pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $40.00 | Concession: $25.00 — Tickets can be purchased by phone on (02) 9250 7777

Event Details

Not satisfied with merely commissioning new works, Ensemble Offspring have commissioned the design of new musical instruments for their upcoming gig PARTCH’S BASTARDS.

With a reputation for rethinking musical conventions, Ensemble Offspring will be reinventing the musical building blocks. Designed by Australia’s master instrument builders, PARTCH’S BASTARDS will showcase the tarhu (an under chin spike fiddle by Peter Biffin - pictured), four Clarinis (gidgee wood, modal clarinets by Linsey Pollak) and the Centaur vibraphone (a just intonation vibraphone by Kraig Grady). The instruments are visually striking and sonically beautiful; reaching scales unplayable on regular instruments.

With a direct lineage to Partch, Californian-come-Wollongong musician Kraig Grady is on board for the program, along with EO’s Co-Artistic Director Damien Ricketson, Blake Art prize finalist Amanda Cole, and Terumi Narushima.  Arrangements by Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt are also in the mix with unique renderings that sound more in-tune than the composers themselves could have imagined.

Anna McMichael: Violin & Tarhu | Claire Edwardes & Bree van Reyk: Percussion | Jason Noble & Diana Springford: Clarinet & Clarinis

Featured non-Australian music: Glass, Pärt

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

Featured Australian Works

Hydra (duos: 2 other woodwinds) by Amanda Cole — World premiere
— performed by Ensemble Offspring
Some shade of blue : underchin tarhu & centaur vibraphone (2011) by Damien Ricketson — World premiere
— performed by Ensemble Offspring
 An Akashic Torus by Kraig Grady — World premiere
 Hidden Sidetracks by Terumi Narushima — World premiere

Featured artists

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