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Suppression Dam at Sydney Festival, Australia

  • Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre 1 Powerhouse Rd Casula (enter from Shepherd St Liverpool) Australia (map)

Saturday, January 12 at 5 PM
Sunday, January 13 at 2 PM




Ensemble Offspring, Casula Powerhouse and Sydney Festival present three celebrated international art music ensembles – Ensemble Offspring (Sydney), International Contemporary Ensemble (New York/Chicago) and Ensemble Adapter (Berlin) – performing a surround sound concert in the vast Casula Powerhouse turbine hall. 

Experience the work of expatriate Australian composers Kate Moore and Natasha Anderson, performed with amplified classical instruments and electronics inside a decommissioned power plant. 

Kate Moore’s award-winning industrial chamber composition The Dam showcases her inimitable swirling rhythmic sound world, while Anderson’s experimental ensemble work Cleave uses spatialised electronics, processed samples and live instruments to create a soundscape of refracted sonic mirrors. Opening the performance is choral composer Alice Chance’s communal sound art project Audience Choir.


Alice Chance – Audience Choir (2018) for mobile phones and audience 15 mins
Natasha Anderson – Cleave* for 12 players (World Premiere) 25 mins
Kate Moore – The Dam for 12 players (World Premiere version) 15 mins

*Supported by APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund


Ensemble Offspring
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Jason Noble (clarinets)
Jacques Emery (bass)
Chris Pidcock (cello)
Zubin Kanga (piano)
Alice Chance (voice)
International Contemporary Ensemble
Ensemble Adapter 

Performances and commissioning activities during the 2018-19 concert season are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.

Earlier Event: December 16
Solstice Celebration at Areté Gallery
Later Event: January 16
Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine