Red Earth & Luminous Horizons presents a tasting plate of new sounds from Down Under, performed by the most prolific commissioners of new Australian music, Ensemble Offspring. From emerging First Nations voice Brenda Gifford to former Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin Liza Lim, this program celebrates the diversity of Australia and this trailblazing quartet. Australia’s leading new music group perform new works for flute, clarinet, cello and percussion.
Ensemble Offspring is Australia’s leading new music group. Uniting the country’s most fearless instrumentalists under the leadership of internationally acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes, they subvert classical music traditions and deliver concerts that burst with imagination, energy and inspiration. As the foremost champions of contemporary music in Australia, Ensemble Offspring have commissioned and premiered over 350 works and have toured new Australian music around the world. Through their relentless commitment to excellence and equality, Ensemble Offspring continue to shape a vibrant and diverse artistic future for Australian music.
Claire Edwardes Internationally acclaimed percussionist and Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring, She has been described by the press as a sorceress of percussion. She is fiercely committed to commissioning new music, and since winning the 1999 Young Performers Award Claire has become the only Australian to win four APRA Art Music Luminary Awards.
Lamorna Nightingale’s transformative contribution to new Australian music spans many recordings and performances, the presentation of unique concert experiences, and multiple pedagogical volumes published via her company, Fluteworthy. In 2017 Lamorna started BackStage Music, a concert platform that nurtures the grassroots of art music in Australia.
Jason Noble is one of Australia’s most adaptable clarinettists, spanning the classical to experimental and improvisatory genres. He has performed at music festivals from Warsaw to London and throughout Australia. His album releases feature new Australian clarinet work reflecting his collaborations with established and emerging composers.
Freya Schack-Arnott (DK/AUS) is a contemporary cellist and nyckelharpist who enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, improviser, composer and curator; ranging from contemporary classical repertoire to experimental, electronics, folk and popular art forms. She regularly performs in Australia’s leading new music ensembles and her own projects.