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Ensemble Offspring - Ligeti Morphed


Mon 25 Feb 2013, 6:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $35.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: kassia

What happens when you tackle the vast textures of György Ligeti’s masterwork Atmospheres with a couple of strings, percussion, electric guitar and turntables?

In this unique collaboration, Australia’s virtuoso champions of innovative classical music, Ensemble Offspring, are joined by internationally famed underground electronica duo Oren Ambarchi and Martin Ng. Using the music of Ligeti as inspiration, the artists fuse the acoustic and electric worlds in a series of striking original works.

These aural tapestries are interspersed with bold reinventions of the Ligeti canon from a double-marimba version of the classic Continuum, to an ensemble rewrite of one of his Etudes and the monolithic Atmospheres.

Driven by open-mindedness and excellence in performance, Ensemble Offspring promotes diverse and emerging music practices that expose audiences to new ways of experiencing sound. The group embraces a broad and progressive repertoire from seminal chamber music of the past 50 years, to free improvisation and the creation of imaginative interdisciplinary productions. Ensemble Offspring have developed a reputation for their uniquely adventurous and engaging programs in Australia and worldwide.

Led by Artistic Directors Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Damien Ricketson (composer), Ensemble Offspring comprises a team of virtuoso performers with broad ranging talents: some performing concertos with renowned symphony orchestras and others touring the world with indie pop bands. Performers featured in Ligeti Morphed are: Veronique Serret (violin), Geoffrey Gartner (cello), Claire Edwardes and Bree van Reyk (percussion).

Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. He has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including Fennesz, Otomo Yoshihide, Pimmon, Keiji Haino and John Zorn. Ambarchi is co-founder and co-organiser of the What Is Music? Festival, Australia’s premier showcase of local and international experimental music.

Martin Ng is a Sydney-based heart surgeon and electronic musician with longstanding interests in sound recombination and in developing molecular approaches to music creation. His work has been featured internationally, including Centre Pompidou (Paris), Sonar (Barcelona) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London) on invitation of the London Musicians’ Collective and Arts Council of England.