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Ensemble Offspring | Songbirds

13 October 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT


Sydney’s musical mavericks Ensemble Offspring present a charming and beguiling collection of highlights from their 2020 album Songbirds in Melbourne and Noosa. An intimate trio setting brings together an array of original chamber works by the who’s-who of Australian composers, capturing the calls and songs of Australia’s birds to create something unique, engaging and exciting!

As birdsong drifts in on the summer breeze, flute, clarinet and percussion take inspiration from the weird and wonderful sounds of the Australian bush. Gerard Brophy’s impressive Beautiful Birds is joined by beguiling pied butcher bird song from Hollis Taylor and Jon Rose alongside Nardi Simpson and Brenda Gifford’s unique indigenous musical perspectives on creatures of the sky. Songbirds is a journey into nature through an intimate instrumental chamber setting.

Get a taste for the evening with the showreel and full album!

“Expertly melding found-sound recordings with live electronics and extended techniques, Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet) and Claire Edwardes (vibraphone) bring to life the sounds of some of Australia’s finest composers and most recognisable fauna.”
Jessie Cunniffe, The Sydney Morning Herald

“…an injection of warmth and colour with new and recent pieces influenced by, and depicting, birdsong and nature all expertly played with energy and commitment.”
Roger Heaton, Tempo Magazine (UK)


Fiona Loader – Lorikeet Corroboree (2015)
Hollis Taylor/Jon Rose – Bitter Springs Creek 2014 (2019)
Brenda Gifford – Mungala (2019)
Jane Stanley – Desert Rose (2010)
Felicity Wilcox – People of this Place (2016)
Nardi Simpson – Of Stars and Birds (2020)
Gerard Brophy – Beautiful Birds (2019)


Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Lamorna Nightingale (flutes)
Jason Noble (clarinet, bass clarinet)




Melbourne Recital Centre
Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street
Melbourne, victoria 3006 Australia
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