The Surge

21 May
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$25 / $20

The 1990s were a riot of transformation that redefined both Australia and the world.

‘Creative Nation’ announced the central role of art in life and society, while the Mabo decision set off a chain reaction culminating in Paul Keating’s historic Redfern Address and the Australian Parliament’s landmark Native Title Act in 1993.

The internet began to insinuate itself into every corner of contemporary experience, reshaping everything it touched. The scientific community, meanwhile, spoke with increasing urgency of the mounting evidence of anthropogenic climate change, while politicians turned a deaf ear.

What are the sounds of this crucial decade?

Joined by guitarists Andrew Blanch and Vladimir Gorbach, Ensemble Offspring reignites two classics from the ’90s by iconic Australian composers Sculthorpe and Westlake alongside five new commissions from Jessica Wells, Felicity Wilcox and Robert Davidson reflecting on the cultural, climate and political situations Australia finds itself in today.

With original live video by Peachey and Mosig, this will be a multi-layered feast of music, ideas, lessons from the past and – with a little luck – hope for the decade ahead! 


Redfern Address (2021) - composer Paul Mac 
Tropica (2008) - composer Peter Sculthorpe 
Interludes (2021) WP - composer Jessica Wells 
Net Surfing (2021) WP - composer Robert Davidson 
Tipping Point (2021) WP - composer Felicity Wilcox 
Tall Tales But True (1992) - composer Nigel Westlake 


Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Sonya Lifschitz (piano) 
Veronique Serret (violin) 
Ben Ward (double bass)
Andrew Blanch (guitar)
Ariel Nurhadi (guitar)
Peachey & Mosig (video) 

Main image: Kevin Saunders, 2020



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