The cold earth slept below 

"...incredibly personal, strangely spiritual and ultimately deeply touching."
Limelight Magazine​


On Sunday June 12th, Rubiks presented 'The cold earth slept below', a program inspired by the Winter Solstice exploring the themes of death and renewal in human lives and the natural world. Rubiks featured the mystical timbres of Donatoni’s sparkling 'Ave' and the Australian premieres of major works by two Pulitzer Prize winning composers: Julia Wolfe’s fiercely virtuosic 'Singing in the dead of night', and David Lang’s haunting song cycle 'death speaks'. Evoking the stillness of cold winter nights and the hopeful promise of spring, The cold earth slept below was a celebration of the fragility and resilience of life.

Tamara and Kaylie with David Lang, July 2015

Three members of Rubiks have been lucky enough to travel to America to participate in the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, working intimately with founding directors and Pulitzer Prize winning composers, Julia Wolfe and David Lang. Without question, this program was very much inspired by their inspiring body of work, unique musical language, and ability to communicate raw emotion through sound. 

Rubiks x REHEARSAL magazine 

In the lead up to our next concert, The cold earth slept below, Rubiks will be writing a new series of articles for REHEARSAL magazine. The "Our Creative Process" instalments will follow our preparation for this performance, covering programming to rehearsal etiquette to lighting design and so much more!  Our first instalment is available below: 

Adventures with Marcus 

Meeting and working with Swedish composer and now dear friend, Marcus Fjellström was such an incredible experience. Rubiks spent many hours workshopping his pieces, exploring creative ideas/influences and varying approaches to artistic practice, and also managed to squeeze in some classic Melbourne wine and dining on the side. Our friends at Partial Durations came along to review Imaginarium: The Music and Animation of Marcus Fjellström. Check out their thoughts on the event here: 

Imaginarium by Rubiks Collective 

The three adventurers who dared journey into Imaginarium!  

Welcoming our wonderful guest musicians for Imaginarium!

Matt Laing- Viola
Matt Laing is a Melbourne based freelance viola player, playing casually with Orchestra Victoria, Tasmanian Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Victorian Opera and as a member of the Australian Octet. Appearances as soloist have included works of Percy Grainger with the Consort of Melbourne at the Recital Centre, and the first complete performance in Australia of Morton Feldman's “The Viola in My Life” with the orchestra of the Australian National Academy of Music. As violist of the Auric quartet, Matt has featured at the Perth, Melbourne, Dunkeld and Bermagui Four Winds festivals, collaborating with, amongst others, the Australian String Quartet and Giovanni Sollima. 

Luke Carbon- Clarinets
Luke Carbon is a freelance woodwind multi-instrumentalist. He graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium where he studied on a Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship and was awarded the Ross Peters 4MBS Chamber Music Prize. He has appeared with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, and Victorian Opera, and his theatre credits include West Side Story and Nice Work If You Can Get It for The Production Company and The Sound of Music for The Really Useful Group. He has appeared as soloist with the Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta and the Peter de Jager Festival Orchestra, and has been recorded on clarinet and saxophone for radio and television broadcast for the ABC, the MBS networks, and triple j.

Zachary Johnston- Violin
Australian contemporary violinist, string educator, and random mandolinist, Zachary Johnston is a member of several new music ensembles including Arcko Symphonic Project, 3 Shades Black, 6º ensemble, Bolt Ensemble, and was a founding member of string quartet Atticus. As part of long-term research Zac is investigating into how curiosity and New Music is integrated into pedagogy, particularly in violin studies. Zac was recently offered a scholarship to work with Walter Thompson with an aim to incorporate the live compositional technique of 'Soundpainting' into education and performances in Australia. Zac has performed with Argonaut for the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM) since 2013, at the 2014 Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt and the 2015 Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA.

Look HERE for further information about Imaginarium! 

Marcus Fjellström visits Melbourne!  

We are thrilled to announce that rising Swedish composer and multimedia artist Marcus Fjellström will be joining Rubiks for their upcoming event, Imaginarium. Supported by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s New Music Studio, this portrait concert will feature Marcus Fjellström’s exclusive Australian appearance and the Australian premieres of two of his works.

Fjellström’s work draws on a diverse range of influences, ranging from Aphex Twin and Autechre to Ligeti and Debussy. Since completing his first major audiovisual work in 2008, Fjellström has continued to challenge the gap between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, the naïve and the sophisticated, good and bad taste. The chamber and solo works presented in this portrait concert showcase Fjellström’s masterful combinations of acoustic instruments, electronic scores and his own unique animations. By turns playful, humorous, disturbing and touching, Fjellström’s works explore the intersection between contemporary music, the occult, cartoons, nightmares, video games, and children's drawings in a cross-media presentation that captivates the senses.

Further event details about Imaginarium can be found HERE

...and the review is in!  

Matthew Lorenzon from Partial Durations came along to review 'things are become new':

"Competing schedules, fickle venues, and piles of percussion gear: There are myriad difficulties involved in organising a contemporary music concert. It can feel like a puzzle, a riddle, or even a Rubik’s cube. This was the sentiment expressed by flautist Tamara Koehler at the beginning of the first self-organised concert by Rubiks, a group of ANAM graduates who have found time in their busy international careers to come together and perform contemporary repertoire. The organisational effort was well worth it. Six players thrilled the crowd at the Church of All Nations in Carlton—fast becoming the venue of choice for contemporary music in Melbourne—with a polished program of canonic and recent works. The theme of change and transformation underpinned the program and was expertly handled by the ensemble."

Read the entire review here!

Introducing Guest Violinist Zac Johnston  

We have the pleasure of introducing Australian violinist Zac Johnston, who will join Rubiks for "things are become new" on the 28th of November.

Australian contemporary violinist, string educator, and random mandolinist, Zachary Johnston is a member of several new music ensembles including Arcko Symphonic Project, 3 Shades Black, 6º ensemble, Bolt Ensemble, and was a founding member of string quartet Atticus.

As part of long-term research Zac is investigating into how curiosity and New Music is integrated into pedagogy, particularly in violin studies. He has taken this philosophy into his education work with various ensembles including conducting State Music Camp, MSO Pizzicato Effect, and a variety of improvisation and New Music workshops for school ensembles. Complementing this, Zac was recently offered a scholarship to work with Walter Thompson with an aim to incorporate the live compositional technique of 'Soundpainting' into education and performances in Australia.

Zac has performed with Argonaut for the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM) since 2013, completed a Masters of Music Performance Teaching in 2013, participated in the 2014 Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt and has recently returned from performing at the 2015 Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA.
 
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2015 Launch - "things are become new"  

Rubiks Collective makes their debut performance at Melbourne's All Nations Church in Carlton on November 28 at 7:30pm. Join Rubiks and guest violinist Zachary Johnson for an evening of decadent music by Donnacha Dennehy, Marcus Fjellström, Kaija Saariaho, Anna Clyne and featured Australian composer Sam Smith. Book NOW!

all of the sounds and many adventures! 

What a crazy few months it has been for the Rubiks gang!! Kaylie and Tamara travelled to America to perform in Bang on a Can's Summer Festival! Kaylie also performed Per Norgard's evocative percussion concerto For A Change in the finals of the ANAM Concerto competition! (see photo!) Justin has been travelling back and forth to New Zealand performing numerous concerts with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Gemma also travelled to USA with the Penny Quartet to take part in the St Lawrence Chamber Music Seminar. Jacob is currently in Shanghai performing with Ensemble Offspring. Tamara is getting ready to perform next week in Canberra with 103 other flutes for the Australian premiere of Sciarrino's Il Cerchio Tagliato Dei Suoni. 

The good news is, amongst all of this wonderful madness we have been locking in some VERY exciting projects for 2016! In the meantime we cannot wait to invite you to our debut ensemble concert, 'things are become new' on November 28th! Check out the events page for more information, and watch this space for updates on guest artists and repertoire!   

Previous events

The cold earth slept below

Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew, 3101

In anticipation of the Winter Solstice, Rubiks present an evening featuring Donatoni’s sparkling Ave and the Australian premieres of major works by two Pulitzer Prize winning composers: Julia Wolfe’s intensely virtuosic Singing in the dead of night, and David Lang’s haunting song cycle, death speaks. Evoking the stillness of cold winter nights and the hopeful promise of spring, The cold earth slept below celebrates the fragility and resilience of life.

Ave (1987) by Franco Donatoni

Singing in the dead of the night (2008) by Julia Wolfe (Australian Premiere)

Music for Sarah VI (1981) by John Fonville

death speaks (2012) by David Lang (Australian Premiere)

Rubiks feature as part of the Kew Court House, Future Classic series. Tickets available online:$25 Full/$21 Concession

http://www.hawthornartscentre.com.au/event/future-classic-rubiks-collective/

https://www.facebook.com/events/888228657966276/

Imaginarium

Melba Hall, Building 141, Royal Parade, Parkville

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)

FREE EVENT, no booking required

Sunrise

Richmond Uniting Church, 304 – 314 Church Street , Richmond 3121

Rubiks joins forces with Forest Collective as Ensemble in Residence to present an evening of colourfully virtuosic music, featuring Luciano Berio's Folk Songs (1964) and Sequenza V (1998), Morton Feldman’s Why Patterns? and a world premiere by Michael Bakrnčev.

$38, $28 concession, $15 Under 15 year olds

things are become new

Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston Street, Carlton, 3053

From the evanescent fluttering and luminous chimes of young Australian composer Samuel Smith’s things are become new to the boisterous rhythms of Donnacha Dennehy’s Glamour Sleeper for quartet and electronics, this concert will inspire audiences to see classical music in a whole new light.

things are become new - Samuel Smith

Steelworks - Anna Clyne

Sept Papillons - Kaija Saariaho

Odboy and Erordog Chamber Suite -Marcus Fjellström (Episodes 2 and 3)

Glamour Sleeper II - Donnacha Dennehy

Moonfall

Melbourne Recital Centre , Southbank Blvd, Melbourne

Rubik’s Collective joins forces with Forest Collective for Metropolis New Music Festival 2015, performing a multi-layered program spanning film and new music.

Swedish composer Marcus Fjellström combines three ingredients from his childhood (cartoons, computer games and nightmares) to write, compose, create and animate the story of Odboy and Erordog (2012). Experimental, dark and filled with intrigue, the story follows a boy and his dog who embark on a black and white adventure.

Odboy and Erordog (2012) Australian premiere Film and Music -Marcus Fjellström

Moonfall (1987/2015) in a new arrangement by Evan Lawson, Soprano Solo Rosemary Ball

Orpheus and the Cave (2015) World premiere Evan Lawson Soprano Solos Rosemary Ball and Teresa Duddy

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