Red Earth & Luminous Horizons presents a taste 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 Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin fellow Liza Lim, this program celebrates the diversity of Australia and this groundbreaking quartet.

Australia’s leading new music group performs new works for flute, clarinet, cello and percussion.

Ensemble Offspring

Ensemble Offspring is Australia’s leading new music group. They bring together the country’s most fearless instrumentalists under the direction of internationally renowned percussionist Claire Edwardes. They subvert the traditions of classical music and deliver concerts bursting with imagination, energy and inspiration. As a leading advocate of contemporary music in Australia, Ensemble Offspring has commissioned and premiered over 350 works and toured the world performing new Australian music. Through its unwavering commitment to excellence and equality, Ensemble Offspring continues to shape a vibrant and diverse artistic future for Australian music.

Claire Edwardes

Claire Edwardesinternationally acclaimed percussionist and artistic director of Ensemble Offspring, has been described by the press as a percussion wizard. She is passionate about commissioning new music and since winning the Young Performers Award in 1999, Claire is the only Australian to have won four APRA Art Music Luminary Awards.

Lamorna Nightingale

Lamorna Nightingale’s The transformative contribution to new Australian music includes numerous recordings and performances, the presentation of unique concert experiences and several educational volumes published through her company Fluteworthy. In 2017, Lamorna launched BackStage Music, a concert platform that promotes grassroots art music in Australia.

Jason Noble

Jason Noble is one of Australia’s most adaptable clarinettists, playing classical, experimental and improvisational genres. He has performed at music festivals from Warsaw to London and throughout Australia. His albums feature new Australian clarinet works that reflect his collaborations with established and emerging composers.

Freya Schack-Arnott

Freya Schack-Arnott (DK/AUS) is a contemporary cellist and nyckel harpist who enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, improviser, composer and curator, ranging from the contemporary classical repertoire to experimental, electronic, folk and popular art forms. She performs regularly with Australia’s leading new music ensembles as well as with her own projects.