ANAM: Taxidermy
May
31
1:00 PM13:00

ANAM: Taxidermy

For this special ANAM project, guest artist Tim Munro shows how simple tools can be used in amazing ways. In composer Juri Seo’s hands, three humble tubes of metal, each with a single, drilled hole, make an unearthly “wah-wah” noise. For Caroline Shaw's Taxidermy, humble flower pots sing. A half dozen tuning forks sizzle and hum in Amy Kirsten’s work, and once the lid is taken off a piano, six musicians perform musical surgery for Mayke Nas’ Twelve Hands After all of this strange, man-made chaos, seek comfort in Australian composer Alice Chance’s Comfort Music.

Juri Seo Wah for percussion trio
Caroline Shaw Taxidermy for percussion quartet
Amy-Beth Kirsten They might be giants for flute and vocalising percussion quartet
Mayke Nas Twelve Hands
Alice Chance Comfort Music

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Stonnington Symphony: Rosauro Vibraphone Concerto No.1
Jun
2
2:30 PM14:30

Stonnington Symphony: Rosauro Vibraphone Concerto No.1

Stonnington Symphony opens the 2019 Sunday Series under the baton of Guest Conductor Mario Dobernig, Artistic Director and Conductor in Chief for the Art of Sound Orchestra. For the very first time, Stonnington Symphony will perform music by acclaimed Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro showcasing versatile Melbourne-based percussionist Kaylie Melville.

Wagner Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Rosauro Concerto No.1 for Vibraphone (soloist Kaylie Melville)
Schumann Symphony No.4 in D Minor, OP.120

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Speak Percussion & Inland
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Speak Percussion & Inland

Speak Percussion and Inland Concert Series return for “Inland 19.6 - Who Have Chosen to Make the Pilgrimage on Foot” - their second collaborative program of new and recent works by Australian and Swedish composers, collectively examining the varied terrain of contemporary percussion music.

Alexander Gardsen tolle lege, tolle lege... (World Premiere)
Hanna Hartman Shadow Box (Australian Premiere)
Jeanette Olivia Little Shifting Worlds (World Premiere)
James Rushford Whorl Would Equal Reaches

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Victorian Opera: A Little Night Music
Jun
27
to Jul 6

Victorian Opera: A Little Night Music

If anyone can bridge the gap between opera and musicals, it is the incomparable Stephen Sondheim. With his characteristic wit and indelible musical talent comes the most musical of musicals, based on Ingmar Bergman’s 1955 film Smiles of a Summer Night. Capturing the uncertainties of love with playfulness and heartbreaking accuracy, A Little Night Musicresonates with bittersweet wisdom, and speaks to us all.

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Rubiks: Hush
Jul
3
6:00 PM18:00

Rubiks: Hush

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 (Australian Premiere)
Erin Gee Mouthpiece 28 (Australian Premiere)
Amy-Beth Kirsten World Under Glass No.2 (Australian Premiere)
Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh The thin air between skins
Dmitri Tymoczko Ghosts (World Premiere)

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Rubiks: Sculptress
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Rubiks: 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 Thorvalsdottir 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 (Australian Premiere)
Sarah Glojnaric Indispensable Ms. Jones (Australian Premiere)
Gemma Peacocke Quiver (Australian Premiere)
Christine McCombe New Work (World Premiere)
Nicole Lizée Sculptress (Australian Premiere)

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Rubiks: MRC Relaxed Performance
May
24
12:00 PM12:00

Rubiks: MRC Relaxed Performance

Melbourne Recital Centre’s series of Relaxed Performances provides the same exceptional artists in the best place to hear, with an environment particularly suitable for audience members with autism, learning disabilities or sensory sensitivities.

Jennifer Higdon Zaka 
Ross Edwards Mvt I and III of Animisms 
Melody Eötvös Wild October Jones
Anna Meredith Honeyed Words (Australian Premiere)
Viet Cuong Electric Aroma (Australian Premiere)
Christopher Cerrone South Catalina (Australian Premiere)

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Ossicle Duo: The Art of Noises
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

Ossicle Duo: The Art of Noises

Contemporary music and theatre mingle in an exploration of the work of German-Argentine composer Mauricio Kagel. An aging trombonist carries out strange assembly rituals. An eccentric percussionist conducts sonic experiments with the help of an occasionally unruly assistant. And San Diego composer Michelle Lou’s ‘untitled three-part construction’ offers a distinctive noise palette of vibrating mobile phones, spanners and mechanical switches.

Mauricio Kagel L’Art Bruit
Mauricio Kagel Atem
Michelle Lou Untitled three part construction

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ANAM: Surround Sound
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

ANAM: Surround Sound

This sonic spectacular for percussion and plural pianos includes four 20th century classics – works so dynamic they could have been written yesterday. Bartók’s fascination for the combination of keyboards and percussion reached its climax in this Sonata. The Rite of Spring, too, has lost none of its power since its riotous premiere in 1913, and this fascinating arrangement throws new light on the score’s visceral rhythmic impulses. Xenakis’ Persephassa of 1969 spreads the six percussionists around the performing space, creating a true sonic spectacle, while, in its simplicity and power, Reich’s Clapping Music, from 1972, represents a seminal moment in the history of minimalism – using only the kind of percussive effects created by hands clapping.

BARTÓK Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion
STRAVINSKY Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) arr. for 4 pianos and percussion
REICH Clapping Music
XENAKIS Persephassa for 6 percussionists

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Short Black Opera & Rubiks: Australia Fest (India)
Mar
27
to Mar 30

Short Black Opera & Rubiks: Australia Fest (India)

Australia Fest is a festival of Australian culture and creativity across India. Closing the 2018-19 program will be performances by Deborah Cheetham AO, Yorta woman, soprano, composer, educator and Artistic Director of Short Black Opera. Deborah has been a leader in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years. Accompanying Deborah are members of Rubiks Collective, one of Australia's most dynamic contemporary art music ensembles. 

Mumbai - 27 March 2019
Delhi - 30 March 2019

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Aurora Lumina
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

Aurora Lumina

Aurora Lumina perform enthralling and unique brews inspired by improvisation, jazz, Middle Eastern and Western classical music. Special guests Kaylie Melville and Anthony Schulz join the ensemble for this evening’s performance.

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Sydney Chamber Opera: La Passion de Simone
Jan
9
to Jan 11

Sydney Chamber Opera: La Passion de Simone

Passion and philosophy collide in a glimmering ascent to enlightenment. Simone Weil bestrode the 20th century as a figure of impossible grace. Acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho tells her story through music in this deeply spiritual work, never before seen in Australia. Saariaho’s score is luminous and coruscating, blending a single incredible soloist with the voices of The Song Company and nineteen virtuoso instrumentalists.

Australian premiere. Presented by Sydney Festival in association with The Song Company.
8pm Wed 9, Thurs 10, Fri 11 January 2019

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Victorian Opera: Lorelai
Nov
3
to Nov 10

Victorian Opera: Lorelai

Ancient myth meets modern woman in an allegory of resilience and reclaiming one’s destiny. Lorelei is a take-no-prisoners, smash-them-on-the-rocks wild woman; a romantic, compassionate, trusting woman; a sensible, rational woman. A present-day enchantress, her past is heartbreak and her future promises haunting self- discovery.

November 3-10

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Speak Percussion: Assembly Operation (OzAsia Festival, Adelaide)
Oct
27
to Oct 28

Speak Percussion: Assembly Operation (OzAsia Festival, Adelaide)

Internationally recognised as a leader in the fields of experimental and contemporary classical music, Speak Percussion are constantly redefining the parameters of percussion.

Assembly Operation brings together three percussionists who dutifully form an assembly line to extract exquisite sound from three iconic representations of Chinese culture: paper, ceramics and low-fi electronics. Each section draws upon the visual, sonic and conceptual qualities of the famed Chinese one yuan note. Using paper, packaging, electronic toys and traditional objects, Speak Percussion deliver a loaded sonic odyssey.

Saturday October 27, 8pm
Sunday October 28, 5pm

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Teiji Ito: Music For Film (Brisbane International Film Festival)
Oct
12
6:30 PM18:30

Teiji Ito: Music For Film (Brisbane International Film Festival)

Liquid Archi­tec­ture and Bris­bane Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val present a world first performance of film scores by sin­gu­lar Japan­ese-Amer­i­can com­poser Teiji Ito, most famous for his leg­endary col­lab­o­ra­tions with film­mak­ers Maya Deren and Marie Menken.

For this unique event, researcher and musi­cian Michiko Ogawa has tran­scribed Ito’s orig­i­nal record­ings in detail, and assem­bled a group of musi­cians to realise a world first live per­for­mance of 6 of Ito’s most well-known film scores set to the 16mm films of Deren and Menken.

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Anthropocene Campus Melbourne: Enthusiasm
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Anthropocene Campus Melbourne: Enthusiasm

As part of the Anthropocene Campus Melbourne, local percussionists Kaylie Melville and Madi Chwasta from Whichway Ensemble will be re-interpreting Vertov’s experimental film with an original live score. 

Dziga Vertov’s 1931 film Enthusiasm was created to promote and celebrate Stalin’s Five-Year Plan which took place during the years 1928 to 1932. Donbass, which is now Ukraine, was rich in coal which the Soviet state extracted to fuel its transformation to a modern industrial economy. The film seeks to promote, in the fasted paced clatter of machine hammers, coal conveyors, trains and miners, the “enthusiastic” relationship between technology and politics.

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Rubiks: Extended Play Festival (Sydney)
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Rubiks: Extended Play Festival (Sydney)

Extended Play is a 12-hour micro-festival that explores and celebrates new music in every format imaginable. From noon to midnight, a dynamic line-up of 20 local and international artists will transform City Recital Hall into a rich hub of sonic exploration and musical landscapes. Be prepared to discard your preconceived ideas about music production and performance, and embrace the new, in all its raw, exhilarating, and immersive brilliance.

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Kammervolk Collective: Matthew Duvall & Friends of Blackbird Creative Lab
Aug
22
8:30 PM20:30

Kammervolk Collective: Matthew Duvall & Friends of Blackbird Creative Lab

Join Kammervolk for a special evening of new music, featuring the amazing percussive talents of Matthew Duvall - percussionist from the Chicago-based, four-time Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird. 

Joining Matt will be some of Melbourne's finest new music practitioners and alumnae fellows of the Blackbird Creative Lab - including Kaylie Melville & Tamara Kohler of Rubiks, who will have just returned from the ensemble's first international tour. 

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Rubiks: Species (Melbourne)
Aug
13
6:00 PM18:00

Rubiks: Species (Melbourne)

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.

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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 our Amsterdam debut.

Described as ‘the most unique music you’ve ever heard’ (De Luisterstoel), Jerboah is a group of six instrumentalists that play recorders in combination with vocals, electric guitar, synthesizer and drums, in an art rock, post-pop, musical exploration.

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Rubiks: Species (Manchester)
Jul
30
8:00 PM20:00

Rubiks: Species (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 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.

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. 

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Rubiks: Species (Berlin)
Jul
28
8:00 PM20:00

Rubiks: Species (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 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.

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. 

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Speak Percussion: Atlas of the Sky (Darmstadt)
Jul
19
7:30 PM19:30

Speak Percussion: Atlas of the Sky (Darmstadt)

Atlas of the Sky' is a new work of dramatic and ritualistic power by acclaimed composer Liza Lim. The work is scored for solo soprano, three percussion soloists juxtaposed against the driving rhythms, swarming percussion and vocal sounds from a crowd of performers. Showcasing Jessica Azsodi's vast palette of vocal colour, Atlas of the Sky tells stories about the stars, the power of crowds, and changing constellations of memory.

LIZA LIM - Atlas of the Sky (European premiere)

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Speak Percussion: Atlas of the Sky
Jun
18
7:30 PM19:30

Speak Percussion: Atlas of the Sky

'Atlas of the Sky' is a new work of dramatic and ritualistic power by acclaimed composer Liza Lim. The work is scored for solo soprano, three percussion soloists juxtaposed against the driving rhythms, swarming percussion and vocal sounds from a crowd of performers. Showcasing Jessica Azsodi's vast palette of vocal colour, Atlas of the Sky tells stories about the stars, the power of crowds, and changing constellations of memory.

LIZA LIM - Atlas of the Sky (world premiere)

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Tomorrow & Tomorrow
Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Tomorrow & Tomorrow

Artists Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano have largely worked collaboratively throughout their careers. Their performance and videos explore the relationship between the body and its ability to form connection with objects, time and space. For the preview night of their latest show at the Anna Schwartz Gallery, Carolyn Connors and Kaylie Melville will lead a performance inspired by the Women’s Marches in January 2017.

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NoiseSense: The Craft of Sound and Beer
May
20
3:00 PM15:00

NoiseSense: The Craft of Sound and Beer

Melbourne contemporary art music ensemble Rubiks Collective open the new pop up concert series NoiseSense with music specifically composed to pair with craft beers from 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).

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Monash Academy Orchestra: Compassion
May
13
2:30 PM14:30

Monash Academy Orchestra: Compassion

National treasure Nigel Westlake comes to Monash University to conduct his own works, featuring Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan and vocalist Lior Attar. In the first half of this special concert, the Grigoryan brothers will perform some of Westlake’s music for solo and duo guitars, followed by a performance of Antarctica for guitar solo and orchestra.

Compassion, which Westlake co-wrote with Lior, is one of the most moving concert works for voice and orchestra of recent years and has been acclaimed around the world following its premier with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Free event, reservations essential.

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Victorian Opera: The Magic Pudding
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Victorian Opera: The Magic Pudding

Take one true-blue Australian classic, add deliciously playful costumes with a measure of musical magic, mix in a generous helping of young talent and discover the perfect recipe for a delightful family opera.

Celebrating the centenary of Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding, Victorian Opera brings its much-loved adaptation back to the Melbourne stage, before hitting the road across regional Victoria, with a cast of brilliant emerging talent and local community choruses.

Performances: 1:00pm, 6:30pm

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Rubiks: Waves + Lines
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

Rubiks: Waves + Lines

Waves + Lines is a multimedia song cycle for soprano, electronics and chamber ensemble by Gemma Peacocke, 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. Peacocke’s evocative work explores the passion, desperation and often humour of these women who are trapped in a seemingly veiled existence.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the 2018 Metropolis New Music Festival.

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Victorian Opera: The Magic Pudding
Mar
15
to Mar 17

Victorian Opera: The Magic Pudding

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Take one true-blue Australian classic, add deliciously playful costumes with a measure of musical magic, mix in a generous helping of young talent and discover the perfect recipe for a delightful family opera.

Celebrating the centenary of Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding, Victorian Opera brings its much-loved adaptation back to the Melbourne stage, before hitting the road across regional Victoria, with a cast of brilliant emerging talent and local community choruses.

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Rubiks: Iniquitous Creatures
Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

Rubiks: Iniquitous Creatures

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.

EMMA O'HALLORAN - 99% Invisible (Aus premiere)
TED HEARNE - Furtive Movements (Aus premiere)
JESSIE MARINO - Rot Blau (Aus premiere)
MELODY EOTVOS - Wild October Jones- Melody Eotvos (Vic premiere)
NED MCGOWAN - Garden of Iniquitous Creatures (Aus premiere)

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Press, Play: sweet is the torment
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Press, Play: sweet is the torment

Taking the sensuous splendor of Monteverdi’s madrigals as a point of departure, Sweet is the Torment draws on a range of historical influences to create a musical journey in time from the sumptuous beauty of High Renaissance, via the liturgical purity of Baroque, to the unpredictable whimsy of Modernity. Press, Play invite you on an impassioned musical and visual adventure as words, sounds, and images collide and coalesce in a tapestry of seamless beauty and timelessness.

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APRA Screen Music Awards
Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

APRA Screen Music Awards

The annual Screen Music Awards represent the successful marriage of two defining elements of contemporary Australian culture: music and film. Presented by APRA AMCOS in conjunction with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC), the ceremony acknowledges excellence and innovation in the field of screen composition.

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