Introducing our guest songbirds  

Welcome to our guest songbirds joining Rubiks on September 28th! 

Eliza Shepard 
is a graduate of the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Flute Performance studying under Virginia Taylor. She has recently returned from a semester-long intensive flute course in New York City studying with American flutist Robert Dick. Eliza has partaken in numerous music camps across the years, most recently with the Australian Youth Orchestra Australian Tour. She first participated in an AYO program in 2010, and has since progressed to be a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra each year since. Eliza attained her Associate of Music in 2010, and was a finalist in the 2MBS-FM Radio Young Performer Award in 2010 and 2011. In 2014, Eliza received her Licentiate of Music, and was accepted into Honours at ANU, where she also received the Peter Karmel Honours scholarship for Music.

Hamish Upton is a Melbourne-based percussionist, working towards a Master of Music (Research) in partnership with ANAM and Griffith University. He is a founding member of the Bricolage Collective, an ensemble championing new Australian percussion repertoire, directed by Kaylie Melville.  In 2015 he was the winner of the St. Silas achievement award at ANAM, and was a performer in Kate Neal’s Semaphore, winner of the APRA Performance and Instrumental Work of the Year .  Hamish holds a BMUS (Honours) from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore), and during this course he spent a semester on exchange at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Madi Chwasta is a percussionist in Melbourne. She completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne in 2015 and has studied under Eugene Ughetti, Peter Neville and Sergei Golovko. Madi has a passion for new music. She has been a regular participant in the Speak Percussion ‘Emerging Artists Programs’ in 2011, 2012 and 2015, where she collaborated with members of Speak Percussion and other emerging artists from around Australia on various chamber music projects. She was also an ensemble member in Kate Neal’s award winning Semaphore and has performed with the Argonaught ensemble at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music for the past two years. As a soloist, she has performed with the Kooyong Chamber Players, was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Australian Marimba Competition, was selected to perform in both the VCE ‘Top Class’ and ‘Top Acts’ Season of Excellence in 2013.

Tickets and further information about songbirdsongs available here

Kaylie and Tamara take on Darmstadt! 

Kaylie and Tamara were lucky enough to recently attend the 48th International Summer Course for New Music, Darmstadt. Our friends at CutCommon Magazine kindly documented our adventures! Check out our blog below:

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!  Check out our four instalments 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!

Previous events


Brightspace, 8 Martin St, St Kilda VIC 3182

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

Tickets available online:$15 Full/$10 Concession

Rubiks encourage audience members to support a 'paper-free' event, and recommend bringing your ticket along for presentation on your smartphone!

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

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


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


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


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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