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Eumeralla
Oct
14
3:30 PM15:30

Eumeralla

Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace by Deborah Cheetham

On-country world premiere Sunday October 14, Port Fairy Festival

Deborah Cheetham, Linda Barcan, Don Bemrose, Consort of Melbourne, Plexus Collective + and Dhungala Children's Choir 

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Lorelei
Nov
3
to Nov 10

Lorelei

Ancient myth meets modern woman in an allegory of resilience and reclaiming one’s destiny.

Lorelei is a take-no-prisoners, smash-them-on-the-rocks wild woman; a romantic, compassionate, trusting woman; a sensible, rational woman. A present-day enchantress, her past is heartbreak and her future promises haunting self- discovery.

This siren song finds strength in numbers with a trio of talent so alluring it’s impossible to resist. Ali McGregor, Dimity Shepherd and Antoinette Halloran await you at the rock for an intoxicating encounter with love and death: part cabaret, part opera, all seduction.

Presented by Victorian Opera

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Extended Play: City Recital Hall
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Extended Play: City Recital Hall

Rubiks perform alongside an incredible lineup at City Recital Hall's 12 hour new-music festival, Extended Play! Exact set time available closer to the event. 

Samantha Wolf Want Not
Ted Hearne Furtive Movements
Timo Andres Crashing through Fences
Marcus Fjellström Odboy and Erordog: Episodes 2 and 3
Simon Eastwood Clink

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Matthew Duvall & friends of Blackbird Creative Lab
Aug
22
8:30 PM20:30

Matthew Duvall & friends of Blackbird Creative Lab

Join us in this super special evening of new music featuring the amazing percussive talents of Matthew Duvall- percussionist from the Chicago-based, four-time Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird

Joining Matt will be some of Melbourne's finest new music practitioners and alumnae fellows of the Blackbird Creative Lab including Kaylie Melville & Tamara Kohler of Rubiks, and who will have just returned from performing at Darmstadt, and their first international tour. 

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Species
Aug
13
6:00 PM18:00

Species

Off the back of their first European appearances Rubiks Collective presents Species, an all Australian program showcasing the voices of young Australian composers.

Experience three innovative and thought-provoking premieres from rising Melbourne composers Samuel Smith, Jacob Abela and Samantha Wolf, the inaugural winner of Rubiks’ Pythia Prize. Species also features the Lewis Caroll-inspired work Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup by Sydney-based composer, Holly Harrison.

Samuel Smith
Species*

Holly Harrision
Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup

Jacob Abela
new work*

Samantha Wolf
Want Not*

*Australian premiere

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Rubiks Collective

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Jerboah + Rubiks: Amsterdam
Aug
1
8:30 PM20:30

Jerboah + Rubiks: Amsterdam

Rubiks perform in a double bill alongside supergroup Jerboah, making their Amsterdam debut!

Described as ‘The most unique music you’ve ever heard’ (De Luisterstoel), Jerboah is a group of six-instrumentalists that plays recorders, in combination with vocals, electric guitar, synthesizer and drums. Their artistic director Brechtje names Jerboah’s style as art rock, post-pop, musical exploration!

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Species: Rubiks Collective in Manchester
Jul
30
8:00 PM20:00

Species: Rubiks Collective in Manchester

As part of their first European appearances, Rubiks Collective presents Species, an all Australian program showcasing the voices of young Australian composers.

Experience three innovative and thought-provoking premieres from rising Melbourne composers Samuel Smith, Jacob Abela and Samantha Wolf, the inaugural winner of Rubiks’ Pythia Prize. Species also features the Lewis Caroll-inspired work Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup by Sydney-based composer, Holly Harrison.

This is a FREE EVENT, however registration is recommended. Rubiks invites you to join the ensemble for a drink and a chat after the show. 

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE 

This tour is generously supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Species: Rubiks Collective in Berlin
Jul
28
8:00 PM20:00

Species: Rubiks Collective in Berlin

As part of their first European appearances, Rubiks Collective presents Species, an all Australian program showcasing the voices of young Australian composers.

Experience three innovative and thought-provoking premieres from rising Melbourne composers Samuel Smith, Jacob Abela and Samantha Wolf, the inaugural winner of Rubiks’ Pythia Prize. Species also features the Lewis Caroll-inspired work Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup by Sydney-based composer, Holly Harrison.

This is a FREE event however registration is recommended. Rubiks invites you to join the ensemble for a drink and a chat after the show.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

This tour is generously supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Darmstadt Open Studio: Species
Jul
24
2:00 PM14:00

Darmstadt Open Studio: Species

As part of the Darmstadt 49th International Summer Course for New Music, Rubiks perform an open studio of Australian works. 

Samantha Wolf Want Not*

Jacob Abela Fixations*

Holly Harrison Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup**

Samuel Smith Species*

*World Premiere

** European Premiere

Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music: A meeting point for composers, interpreters, performers, sound artists and scholars. For discovery, learning, networking, exchange and debate, collaboration and- last but not least- invention. 

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NoiseSense Presents- The Craft of Sound and Beer
May
20
3:00 PM15:00

NoiseSense Presents- The Craft of Sound and Beer

Rubiks Collective opens the new concert series with musical works composed for NoiseSense // 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) and Anthony Dunstan (NL/AUS) - composers of 2017 Keep Composers Weird // Melbourne.

NoiseSense // Melbourne has created an opportunity for composers worldwide to connect and compose for some of the best and most popular Melbourne contemporary classical ensembles. 

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

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Iniquitous Creatures
Mar
3
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
Dec
2
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
Nov
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
Oct
27
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
GUBAIDULINA In Croce
MAZZOLI Still life with Avalanche

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75 Years: A Portrait of Meredith Monk
Oct
23
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.

Backlight 
Masks
Gotham Lullaby
Urban March
Realm Variations

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Only
Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

Only

'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)

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

Tickets $5 / $10 at the door

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second self
Feb
5
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)
Oct
15
to Nov 15

Cinderella/The Pied Piper (Victorian Opera Tour)

Cinderella- Jules Massenet

The Pied Piper- Richard Mills

Mildura

Thursday 20 October, 7:30pm
Mildura Arts Centre

Warragul

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

Bendigo

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

Shepparton 

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

Albury/Wodonga

Wednesday 16 November, 7:30pm
Albury Entertainment Centre  

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Wunderschön
Oct
8
8:15 PM20:15

Wunderschön

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. 

Wundershön

Meow Meow, Plexus and ANUM Alumni Orchestra

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songbirdsongs
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

songbirdsongs

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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kammervolk
Jun
18
7:30 PM19:30

kammervolk

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
May
29
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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