Waves + Lines
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

Waves + Lines

Waves + Lines is a multimedia song cycle by New Zealand composer Gemme 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 of 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:
Jessica Hitchcock- soprano
Hugh Kluger- double bass
Felicia King- projections

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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) *Australian Premiere

Missy Mazzoli – A Thousand Tongues (2009) *Australian Premiere

Donnacha Dennehy – Stainless Staining (2007)

David Bird- Series Imposture (2013) * Australian Premiere

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) *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.

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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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