Ensemble Offspring

Ensemble Offspring - Adrift

A night of intimate bowed strings presented in association with Seymour Nights. Immerse yourself in the resonant glow of Kirsty McCahon’s double bass and Véronique Serret’s rare 6-string electric violin.

Set 1 – Kirsty McCahon (double bass) with Virginia Comerford (viola)
Kirsty McCahon (double bass) presents a stunning set that transports listeners from the earth, up to birdsong in full flight, before resting back down to the ground while clinging to a sense of timelessness. Beginning with a handful of achingly beautiful Baroque vocal duets and canons, lines that move and weave through each other, voices playing and dancing, to pied butcher bird musings from Hollis Taylor, to the hauntingly beautiful yet edgy tones of the 6 string violone and finally a coda from Elena Kats-Chernin which literally swells and then drifts away to nothing.

Set 2 – Véronique Serret (6-string electric violin)
Véronique Serret struts her stuff on the 6-string electric violin, an unusual and endlessly rich instrument she has been developing a repertoire for over the last few years. In this special set she presents three of her own new works, alongside Berlin-based Cathy Milliken’s heart-wrenching Crie which features Véronique as both violinist and vocalist. Brisbane composer Chris Perren’s A Stolen Satellite creates swirling rhythmic loops over which the live violin soars.

Seymour Nights is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with City of Sydney.


Set 1
Bach/Palestrina/Locatelli – Duos (double bass and viola duets) 10’
Hollis Taylor – Banana Paper (solo bass and tape) 5′
Kate Moore – Icarus Song (solo bass) 4′
Improvisation on a theme of Francesca Caccinni (violone solo with tape) 4′
Elena Kats-Chernin – Adrift (double bass and viola duet) WP 6′

Set 2
Véronique Serret – Bush Mujik, Watercolour, Runs Deep 12’
Cathy Milliken – Crie 8’
Chris Perren – A Stolen Satellite 10’


Kirsty McCahon (double bass)
Virginia Comerford (viola)
Véronique Serret (6-string electric violin)

Event starts
Saturday 19 June, 2021
Event ends
Saturday 19 June, 2021
Seymour Centre
Venue Address
City Rd &, Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW 2008

Sydney ,

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