Iniquitous Creatures
7:00 PM19:00

Iniquitous Creatures

Take the west side escalators down into the guts of the Columbia Heights Metro Station and you'll be swallowed by the sound. A young woman tumbles from the back of a horse-drawn carriage as it narrowly avoids colliding with a speeding train. Two androids perform a series of exercises, drifting in and out of synchronicity. Nefarious creatures emerge from the shadows as night falls...

In the first concert in their 2018 series ‘Waves + Lines’, Rubiks presents works from five of the most exciting composers and storytellers working in contemporary music across the globe. Iniquitous Creatures features a program of premieres drawn from the ensemble’s collective experiences at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival (USA), Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab (USA) and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (CAN), highlighting some of the most unique and adventurous voices working in Australia, Europe and North America.

Rubiks are also proud to be partnering with CutCommon magazine, offering free copies of their inaugural print edition at Iniquitous Creatures.

This event is generously supported by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s New Music Studio and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

99% Invisible- Emma O'Halloran *
Furtive Movements- Ted Hearne *
Rot Blau- Jessie Marino *
Wild October Jones- Melody Eotvos**
Garden of Iniquitous Creatures- Ned McGowan *

* Australian Premiere
** Victorian Premiere

Guest Clarinet: Liam Kinson
Guest Violin: Natalia Harvey

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Keep Composers Weird // Melbourne- The Craft of Sound and Beer
8:00 PM20:00

Keep Composers Weird // Melbourne- The Craft of Sound and Beer

Rubiks Collective opens the new concert series with musical works composed for Keep Composer’s Weird // Melbourne. Each work has been specifically composed to pair with a craft beer of Two Birds Brewing. Taste the notes and hear the sounds of Golden, Sunset, Taco, Pale and Spring Saison.

The Craft of Sound and Beer will feature new works by Simon Eastwood (NZ), Gabriel Bolaños Chamorro (NI), Joungmin Lee (SKR), Nathan Felix (U.S) and Anthony Dunstan (NL/AUS) - composers of 2017 Keep Composers Weird // Melbourne.

Keep Composer’s Weird // Melbourne is an international composer development program that creates opportunities for composers worldwide to connect and compose for some of the best and most popular Melbourne contemporary classical ensembles. 

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Opus Now #6
6:30 PM18:30

Opus Now #6

A concert series exploring relationships between the music of today and Beethoven's sixteen String Quartets. 

Solo free improvisation (Jon Rose)

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Opus 18 No. 1

Chris Pidcock - solo cello

Lachenmann: Pression for a solo cellist

Saariaho: Dolce Torment

Saariaho: Mirrors

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She Speaks: Voice of Nations
7:00 PM19:00

She Speaks: Voice of Nations

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The final instalment of She Speaks features music of female composers from both Europe and America. Voice of Nations combines high-energy music from American composers Sarah Kirkland Snider, Anna Clyne and Missy Mazzoli, with the textural sounds of Sofia Gubaidulina and Kaija Saariaho.

KIRKLAND SNIDER Daughter of the Waves 
SAARIAHO Sept Papillons
CLYNE Fits and Starts
MAZZOLI Still life with Avalanche

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75 Years: A Portrait of Meredith Monk
6:00 PM18:00

75 Years: A Portrait of Meredith Monk

Monk’s music is intoxicatingly playful, achingly personal and instantly recognisable, exploring the human voice at its most ethereal, acrobatic and startling. Rubiks Collective and Invenio Singers celebrate Monk’s seventy-fifth birthday with a retrospective of her musical output, pairing some of her most recent offerings with beloved works from her early career.

Gotham Lullaby
Urban March
Realm Variations

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8:00 PM20:00


'alone, waiting, barely moving, waiting, a lullaby, a little, too long, to fall asleep, waiting...'

An evening of sound and silence at Aeso Studio. Improvisations and world premieres of low volume works by Josten Myburgh (WA) and Jacob Abela (VIC).

Jacob Abela - new work for flute, percussion and electronics (WP)

Josten Myburgh, Sage Pbbbt, Michael McNab - improv set

Josten Mybugh - 'Only' for glockenspiel and electronics (WP)

Performers: Tamara Kohler, Michael McNab, Kaylie Melville, Josten Myburgh, Sage Pbbbt

Tickets $5 / $10 at the door

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second self
5:00 PM17:00

second self

'I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, sir' said Alice, 'because I'm not myself, you see.'

In second self, Rubiks Collective takes a journey to the other side of the looking glass, where the boundaries between the public and private, the sane and the mad, the truth and the mask melt away. Who are you, and who do you want to be?

A study of how we understand ourselves and others, second self takes us from the golden age of Hollywood to notorious psychological experiments as identities multiply, transform, evolve, seduce and deceive. Special guest mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean joins Rubiks for this deliriously alluring program, featuring the Australian premieres of works by Jacob TV, David Bird, Anna Clyne and Andy Akiho. 

Jacob TV – Able to Be (2005) *Australian Premiere    
Missy Mazzoli – A Thousand Tongues (2009) *Australian Premiere

Donnacha Dennehy – Stainless Staining (2007)

David Bird- Series Imposture (2013) * Australian Premiere

Andy Akiho- NO One to kNOW One (2010) * Australian Premiere

Tickets $20/$15 concession

Tickets available here

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Cinderella/The Pied Piper (Victorian Opera Tour)
to Nov 15

Cinderella/The Pied Piper (Victorian Opera Tour)

Cinderella- Jules Massenet

The Pied Piper- Richard Mills


Thursday 20 October, 7:30pm
Mildura Arts Centre


Tuesday 27 October, 11:00am & 7:30pm
West Gippsland Arts Centre


Friday 4 November, 6:00pm & 5 November, 2:00pm
The Capital


Friday 11 November, 7:30pm
Westside Performing Arts Centre 


Wednesday 16 November, 7:30pm
Albury Entertainment Centre  

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8:15 PM20:15


Utilising only the lieder of Schubert and Schumann, esteemed conductor Reinbert de Leeuw has taken the structure of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and rendered something of exquisite beauty and emotional profundity.

Presented as part of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. 


Meow Meow, Plexus and ANUM Alumni Orchestra

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7:00 PM19:00


In recognition of the current collisions faced between the natural world and modern technology Rubiks present songbirdsongs, a program comprising of two newly commissioned works for solo instrument and electronics from two of Australia’s most exciting emerging composers, and the Australian premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams’ seminal work ‘songbirdsongs’

Adams has spoken at length about the intimate relationship between his music and the landscape of Alaska, where he lived and worked for more than thirty years, and this piece is a study of both birdsong and the spontaneous sounds and rhythms found in nature.

John Luther Adams - songbirdsongs (1974-1980) *Australian Premiere

Jacob Abela – gonzo (I want more from you) (2016) **World Premiere

Chris Williams – among the silent trees (2016) **World Premiere

This project has been supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund.

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7:30 PM19:30


Allison Wright: “Two chapters from the same story”, featuring artwork by Minna Leunig and poetry by Jacob Sutherland

Carolyn Schofield: "Face-Up"

Judd Greenstein: "Clearing, dawn, dance" – Australian premiere

Tilman Robinson: “Orison” 

Lachlan Hughes: "Liturgy"

Curtis Reardon: "Glimpses of the path"

Louisa Trewartha: “Thin boundaries” 

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Morton Feldman & Earle Brown meet Monteverdi & Mahler
5:00 PM17:00

Morton Feldman & Earle Brown meet Monteverdi & Mahler

Morton Feldman, Voices and Instruments (1972) chorus and 9 instruments

Claudio Monteverdi, Mass ‘In Illo Tempore’ for six voices (1610) on 10 themes of Nicolas Gombert / Mass for four voices (1650 posth)

Gustav Mahler arr. Gottwald, Remembrance (1880), Primaeval Light (1894), Three Angels Sang (1896)

Earle Brown, Small Pieces for Large Choirs (1969)

Morton Feldman, Voices and Instruments II (1972) 3 voices, flute, 2 cellos and double bass

Franz Liszt arr. Gottwald, Richard Wagner - Venezia (1882) 8-part double choir & instruments

Friedrich Nietzsche arr. Gottwald, Hymn to Life (1882) 6-part choir & instruments

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7:30 PM19:30


The University of Melbourne's New Music Studio welcome Rubiks Collective to present the music and animation of Marcus Fjellström. 

Klavierbuch #1 (2015, Australian premiere)

Odboy and Erordog Suite (2009-12)

Alchemist Dances (2012)

Imaginarium (2011, Australian premiere)

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