Thursday 19 July 2018: Ensemble Offspring, Julian Day + Georgina Oakes (Hatched Academy)
"Pushing the boundaries as an ensemble – both individually as performers but also in what they present to their diverse audiences."
Game On brings together musical mavericks Julian Day and Ensemble Offspring to explore performance practises derived from game theory and sport. Using everyday objects such as coins, planks of wood and bottles to create sound, they will establish modes of relating to each other through competitive physical challenges and cooperative strategies. Calling all spectators to play host to the musical winners and losers! To open the night, Ensemble Offspring introduce 2018 Hatched Academy Associate Artist, clarinettist Georgina Oakes.
“It’s about cooperation, interaction, checks and balances, tension and release … both musical and social” John Zorn
Chloe Charody - new work 5'
Matthew Shlomowitz - Letter Piece 8’
Franco Donatoni - Clair I 4’
new works by Julian Day
Ensemble Offspring are champions of adventurous new music, from seminal chamber work to free improvisation, alongside the creation of striking interdisciplinary productions. Based in Sydney, Ensemble Offspring is led by acclaimed percussionist, Claire Edwardes, and the core sextet features some of Australia’s most innovative and virtuosic performers. Winners of the 2016 Art Music Award for Excellence by an Organisation for the groups' more than 20 years contribution to Australian music, Ensemble Offspring has performed throughout Australia and the world.
Julian Day is an artist, composer, writer and broadcaster. Day's work treats sound as a vital means of examining the world. He looks to sound's deeply relational and territorial properties as a series of tensions between abstract and political forces. This plays out in site-responsive performances, installation, video and text. Day performs as An Infinity Room and co-directs Super Critical Mass, a large-scale participatory project that uses sound and social connection to frame public places as heightened sites for interaction. He has presented work at Whitechapel Gallery, Cafe Oto, MASS MoCA, Orange County Museum of Art (2017 California-Pacific Triennial), Le Poisson Rouge, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (NEW16), Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (8th Asia Pacific Triennial), Institute of Modern Art and Sydney Opera House among other institutions. His work has been acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Game On continues Day’s long-standing use of game structures, notably in his project Super Critical Mass in which temporary communities follow memorised interdependent behavioural algorithms to articulate the relational and territorial complexities of civic spaces: churches, malls, streets, libraries and galleries. Other game works include Social Systems with Ensemble Offspring (Musify+Gamify at VIVID Sydney, 2015), Five Studies In Unison (bb15, Linz, 2014) and DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT (what you do to me) with Synergy Percussion (UTS, 2013).
Clarinetist Georgina Oakes is inspired by the process of collaboration, experimentation and vivification of rarely heard works of new music. After 9 years honing her craft as a performer in Europe, in 2018 Georgina returned to her hometown of Sydney and is Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Academy Associate Artist. Georgina has bene awarded the Australian Music Foundation Young Musician Award, Swiss Thyll-Dürr Foundation Award and was a finalist in the Viennese Casino Austria Rising Stars Award. Having researched Boulez’s clarinet concerto ‘Domaines' through her postgraduate studies in Austria, a major highlight of 2017 was her performance of this masterwork with the Webern Kammerphilharmonie, Vienna.