Upcoming

MJC Presents: Johannes Luebbers Dectet
Aug
25
8:30 PM20:30

MJC Presents: Johannes Luebbers Dectet

Tamara guests with the Johannes Luebbers Dectet. Formed in 2007, the Johannes Luebbers Dectet (JLD) is a jazz chamber group focused on the nexus between jazz and classical traditions.

Combining jazz improvisation, orchestral instrumentation and a diverse compositional language, JLD has released two albums, resulting in two jazz ‘Bell’ awards and an APRA/AMC Art Music Award. With the support of the MJC, JLD premiered and recorded ten new works in 2017 and 2018, scheduled for release across two new albums in 2019 and 2020.

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Spaces of Life and Death
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Spaces of Life and Death

Conservatorium alumnus Eli-Simic Prosic brings together a unique set of works focusing on elements of ritual and theatre, including his own magnum opus for flute and percussion and a new work for cello and piano by fellow alumnus, Emile Frankel. The Conservatorium’s Music New Music Ensemble also presents a very rare performance of Jani Christou's Anaparastasis III – The Pianist for soloist, conductor, instrumental ensemble and tape.

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Sculptress
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Sculptress

Sculptress is a celebration of female artists who are reshaping contemporary music by re- examining our past. New approaches to sound, notation and genre play against tributes to early electronic music pioneers, field recordings and the 1950’s golden age of American advertising.



Featuring the sonic investigations of ‘musical scientist’ Nicole Lizée, the enigmatic atmospheres of Anna Thorvaldsdottir and a new composition by the winner of the 2018 Pythia Prize, Rubiks present five premieres paying homage to some of the most innovative creators of the 21st-century and those who have paved the way.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir Fields*
Sara Glojnaric Indispensable Ms. Jones*
Gemma Peacocke Quiver*
Christine McCombe (2018 Pythia Prize Winner) New Work**^
Nicole Lizée Sculptress*

* Australian premiere
** World Premiere
^ Rubiks Commission

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TENOR 2019 Concert Series: Elision Ensemble
Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

TENOR 2019 Concert Series: Elision Ensemble

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Tamara guests with ELISION Ensemble to perform a concert of graphic and animated notation works, part of the fifth International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation.

Dr. Christian Dimpker
“Utopia V”

David Kim-Boyle
“5x3x3”

Peter McNamara
“Voice of the Depths”

Paul Turowski
“SQ2”

Rebekah Wilson
“F. Not F.”

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Hush
Jul
3
6:00 PM18:00

Hush

“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.” 
- T.S. Eliot

In ‘Hush’, Rubiks present five contemporary works exploring the power of voice, breath and gesture. Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh’s ‘The thin air between skins’ explores shimmering, nuanced exchanges between performers, Annika Socolofsky’s sextet invokes the fragility and fury of the female voice, and human and machine duel in Dmitri Tymoczko’s world premiere song cycle featuring acclaimed London-based mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts- Dean.

Annika Socolofsky Don’t Say a Word*
Erin Gee Mouthpiece 28*
Amy-Beth Kirsten World Under Glass No.2*
Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh The thin air between skins
Dmitri Tymoczko Ghosts**^

* Australian premiere
** World Premiere
^ Rubiks Commission

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A Little Night Music
Jun
27
to Jul 6

A Little Night Music

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Capturing the uncertainties of love with playfulness and heartbreaking accuracy, A Little Night Music resonates with bittersweet wisdom, and speaks to us all. From the romance of the night waltzes to the wistful ‘Send in the Clowns’, music theatre lovers will rejoice the return of one of Sondheim’s most beloved and sophisticated musicals.

Presented by Victorian Opera.

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Relaxed Performance at MRC
May
24
12:00 PM12:00

Relaxed Performance at MRC

Rubiks performs as a feature artist in Melbourne Recital Centre’s series of Relaxed Performances. This series provide’s an opportunity to hear MRC’s exceptional artists within an environment particularly suitable for audience members with autism, learning disabilities or sensory sensitivities.

Jennifer Higdon Excerpt of Zaka
Ross Edwards Mvt I and III of Animisims
Melody Eötvös Wild October Jones
Anna Meredith Honeyed Words*
Viet Cuong Electric Aroma*
Christopher Cerrone Excerpt of South Catalina*

* Australian premiere

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Glitch
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Glitch

Glitch presents new and recent works examining the relationships between humans and technology.

Brechtje New Work**^
Julia Wolfe East Broadway
Neo Hülcker Crackles*
Anna Clyne Fits + Starts
Allison Wright New Work**^

* Australian premiere
** World Premiere
^ Rubiks Commission

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The Orchestra Project- Mahler 5
Apr
21
2:30 PM14:30

The Orchestra Project- Mahler 5

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The Orchestra Project gives Melbourne audiences an opportunity to hear this supreme masterwork of symphonic music performed by some of Australia's finest young musicians and professional mentors in the glorious home of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), the South Melbourne Town Hall.

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Enyato Duo at the Athenaeum
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Enyato Duo at the Athenaeum

Tamara joins the exciting Enyato Duo to make their Athenaeum debut.

Enyato is pleased to present an exciting Australian-focused program including world premieres of works by 2017 Pythia Prize-winner Samantha Wolf and Sydney interdisciplinary juggernaut Tim Hansen. Wolf's work, Out of the Depths, explores the uses of water and time as ways to prepare the bass clarinet, and Hansen's soliloquy North Head serves as a timely reminder of the deep scars that line our country in these turbulent times.

Enyato are also excited to present works by Holly Harrison, Thea Rossen, Ross Edwards and the Australian premiere of a gem for piccolo and music box by US composer Nicole Randall Chamberlain.

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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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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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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. 

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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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