Biography


“Rubiks thrilled the crowd, showcasing searingly-precise ensemble skills and instrumental control…. A formidable contribution to Australia’s growing community of contemporary music makers”
Partial Durations, November 2015

Jacob Abela - keyboards | Tamara Kohler - flutes | Gemma Tomlinson - cello | Kaylie Melville - percussion

Jacob Abela - keyboards | Tamara Kohler - flutes | Gemma Tomlinson - cello | Kaylie Melville - percussion

Rubiks is one of Melbourne’s most dynamic contemporary art music ensembles, bringing together some of Australia’s most exciting and versatile young performers. Since debuting in 2015, the ensemble has been hailed as “a formidable contribution to Australia’s growing community of contemporary music makers” (Partial Durations) and commended for their “incredibly personal, strangely spiritual and ultimately deeply touching” performances (Limelight Magazine). With a particular interest in storytelling and cross-art collaboration, Rubiks has quickly established a reputation for excellence, delighting audiences with their unique programming and dazzling virtuosity.

Formed at the Australian National Academy of Music, the musicians of Rubiks have collectively appeared in festivals including the Sydney and Melbourne International Arts Festivals, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Bang on a Can Festival, Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and Huntington Estate Music Festival. Rubiks was selected as Forest Collective’s 2015 Ensemble in Residence and performed alongside Forest in the 2015 Metropolis New Music Festival.

Rubiks recently launched The Pythia Prize, a new annual commission project that will see an Australian female composer collaborate with Rubiks to create a new work. The inagural Pythia Prize winner is Samantha Wolf, and her new work will be performed in both Australia and Europe, featuring in Rubiks’ first international appearances in July 2018.