27 July 2011

A Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Damien Ricketson, is about to tour China with his innovative work, Fractured Again, performed by the group that he co-directs, Ensemble Offspring. This major multimedia production explores music made out of glass.


When Lucia kills her husband in Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor, her ensuing descent into madness is accompanied by a glass harmonica, an angelic sounding instrument that fell from favour because it was thought to trigger insanity.

When Con Lecturer, Damien Ricketson, laid his hands on the only glass harmonica in country, Donizetti's 'mad scene' was just the beginning of a startling yet beautiful journey through a fragile soundworld of glass.

Fractured Again is a striking multimedia experience featuring electronica by Pimmon fused with live violin, clarinet and percussion alongside interactive video by Andrew Wholley which illuminates a glass installation that is performed like an exotic instrument.

Fractured Again was first performed in the magnificent Great Hall at the University of Sydney as part of the 2010 Sydney Festival. It subsequently went on to be shortlisted for both the 'Instrumental Work of the Year' and 'Award for Excellence in Experimental Music' at the 2011 Art Music Awards and received a grant from the Conservatorium to transform the multisensory experience into a DVD. Now the work is attracting international attention.


Less than two months ago, a spectacular new institution was unveiled in China: the Shanghai Museum of Glass. Positioning itself at the international forefront of glass art, the museum explores the creative possibilities of glass and features exhibits by leading glass artists from around the world. As part of their inaugural season, the museum has head-hunted Damien and his group, Ensemble Offspring, with an offer to produce a Chinese version of Fractured Again to provide their audiences with a musical perspective on the medium of glass.

In addition to performances in Shanghai, the touring party of percussionist Claire Edwardes, clarinettist Jason Noble and violinist James Cuddeford will also perform a reduced version of the work at Hong Kong's latest new music event, the Hell Hot Music Festival and in Macau at the funky Ox Warehouse.


  1. Saturday 30 July, Shanghai Museum of Glass

  2. Sunday 31 July, Shanghai Museum of Glass

  3. Wednesday 3 August, Hell Hot Music Festival, Hong Kong

  4. Thursday 4 August, Ox Warehouse, Macau

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