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

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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

* Australian premiere
** World Premiere
^ Rubiks Commission

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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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 Excerpt of Want Not^
Ted Hearne Furtive Movements
Suzanne Farrin The Stimulus of Loss
Marcus Fjellström Odboy and Erordog: Episodes 2 and 3
Simon Eastwood Clink

^ Rubiks Commission

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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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 Harrison Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup
Jacob Abela Fixations*^
Samantha Wolf Want Not*^

*Australian premiere
^ Rubiks Commission

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

This event is presented by the Melbourne Recital Centre and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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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!

Samuel Smith Species^
Holly Harrison Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup
Jacob Abela Fixations^
Samantha Wolf Want Not^
^ RUBIKS COMMISSION 

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!

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 Manchester
Jul
30
8:00 PM20:00

Species: Rubiks Collective in Manchester

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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 works 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 

PROGRAM:
Samuel Smith Species^
Holly Harrison Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup
Jacob Abela Fixations^
Samantha Wolf Want Not^
(Commissioned for the 2017 Pythia Prize)

PROGRAM NOTE AVAILABLE HERE

^RUBIKS COMMISSION

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 works 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 

PROGRAM:
Samuel Smith Species^
Holly Harrison Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup
Jacob Abela Fixations^
Samantha Wolf Want Not^
(Commissioned for the 2017 Pythia Prize)

^RUBIKS COMMISSION

PROGRAM NOTES FOR SPECIES

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

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

Open Studio Performance: 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 NoiseSense // 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 HERE

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Waves + Lines
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

Waves + Lines

Waves + Lines is a multimedia song cycle by New Zealand composer Gemma Peacocke for soprano, electronics and chamber ensemble, adapted from Eliza Griswold’s book, I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan.

The ultraconservative regime of the Taliban has meant that the lives of Afghan women are largely invisible to the outside world. Landays, poems comprising a single rhyming couplet on subjects like love, grief, home and war, offer a surprising and vivid glimpse into this secret world.

Adapted from Eliza Griswold’s book, I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, Peacocke’s evocative work explores the passion, desperation and often humour of these women who are trapped in a seemingly veiled existence.

Guests:
Georgie Darvidis- soprano
Hamish Gullick- double bass
Felicia King- projections

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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.

Emma O'Halloran 99% Invisible*
Ted Hearne Furtive Movements*
Jessie Marino Rot Blau*
Melody Eötvös Wild October Jones**
Ned McGowan Garden of Iniquitous Creatures*

* Australian Premiere
** Victorian Premiere

Guest Clarinet: Liam Kinson
Guest Violin: Natalia Harvey

Tickets are available HERE

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Keep Composers Weird // Melbourne- The Craft of Sound and Beer
Dec
2
7:00 PM19:00

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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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, Missy Mazzoli and Andy Akiho.

Jacob TV Able to Be (2005)*

Missy Mazzoli A Thousand Tongues (2009)*

Donnacha Dennehy Stainless Staining (2007)

David Bird Series Imposture (2013)* 

Andy Akiho NO One to kNOW One (2010)* 

Australian Premiere

Tickets $20/$15 concession

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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) *

Jacob Abela gonzo (I want more from you) (2016) **^ 

Chris Williams among the silent trees (2016) **^

*Australian Premiere
**World Premiere
^ Rubiks Commission

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.

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The cold earth slept below
Jun
12
5:00 PM17:00

The cold earth slept below

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/

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Imaginarium
Apr
9
7:30 PM19:30

Imaginarium

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

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Sunrise
Dec
19
7:30 PM19:30

Sunrise

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

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things are become new
Nov
28
7:30 PM19:30

things are become new

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

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Moonfall
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Moonfall

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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