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BackStage Music | The Mechanical Fiddle

4 February 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT

$27 – $49

Ensemble Offspring brings together a crack team of Sydney’s finest percussionists with violinist and 2021 Freedman Fellowship winner, Kyla Matsuura-Miller. Together this eclectic ensemble presents Lou Harrison’s iconic Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra, a work which transports the classical violin into the machine-inspired world of junk percussion, and manages to do it with moments of intense beauty.

An equally hypnotic percussion ensemble classic, The Lonely Cowbell by Dutch composer Theo Loevendie, is partnered with works written especially for Ensemble Offspring by Andrew Ford and Eric Avery (Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Bandjalang, and Gumbangirri artist). Finally, Kyla owns the stage with a new solo for violin and electronics by Rwandan-British composer Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe, commissioned as part of Kyla’s 2021 Freedman Fellowship.


Kyla Matsuura-Miller – violin
Claire Edwardes – Percussion


Theo Loevendie – The Lonely Cowell & Doppleriana (trios – 5 x cowbells) 5′
Andrew Ford – War & Peace 2nd movt
Eric Avery – Wind 4′
Stéphanie Kabanyana Kandekwe – new solo violin & electronics work
Lou Harrison – Concerto for Violin and Percussion (for solo violin & 5 percussionists) 19′



Woodburn Creatives – Waterloo
82 Cope St
Waterloo, NSW Australia
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