Ensemble Offspring’s annual Sizzle music festival has been smashing stereotypes for more than a decade, taking art music out of the concert hall and setting it loose at the local bowlo. After a brief hiatus in 2020, Sizzle returns to the inner west of Sydney but with a difference.
This time around their signature blend of musical virtuosity and artistic irreverence includes three world premieres and will be served up at Marrickville’s newest venue, The Great Club, in an extended festival format. Strap in for an anarchic afternoon of art music-meets-indie-meets-pop-meets-family show. Featuring knockout sets by Ensemble Offspring and guest narrator Katia Molino (of Secret Noise fame), double bass sensation Will Hansen (20/21 Hatched Academy Associate Artist) and a brand new surround sound instrumental work from Megan Alice Clune that will dazzle the senses, the 2021 Sizzle Festival is turning up the heat.
The programme: Set 1: Solly Frank – Human Music (sextet + narrator) (2019) world premiere/ Ned McGowan – Annabel (quintet + narrator) (2004, arranged 2020) world premiere / Rory Knott – The Lyre (double bass solo) (2019) /Robert Davidson – Bond over Triads (double bass, percussion, clarinet, flute) (2020) world premiere
Set 2: Hani Abdile & Jason Noble – The Rose (2021) /Mindy Meng Wang & Claire Edwardes – Mother (2021) /Jessica O’Donoghue/Alyx Dennison Duo
Set 3: Improvisation (prepared piano, clarinet, viola, double bass) / Megan Alice Clune – A Body of Time (2021) world premiere.
The performers: Claire Edwardes (percussion)/ James Wannan (violin)/ Lamorna Nightingale (flute)/ Jason Noble (clarinet)/ Rowena McNeish (cello)/ Will Hansen (double bass)/ Katia Molino (narration)/ Solly Frank (keyboard)/ Robin Janus (sound)/ Alyx Dennison (voice)/ Jessica O’Donoghue (voice)/ Mindy Meng Wang (guzheng/voice)/ Hani Abdile (voice)