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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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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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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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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Victorian Opera: The Snow Queen
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Victorian Opera: The Snow Queen

Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of dark magic, the power of friendship and the triumph of good over evil is revisited in a new Australian work by composer Gordon Kerry and writer John Kinsella commissioned by Victorian Opera. Their take on Andersen’s classic will be staged exclusively in Wodonga and will capture the heart of the local community.

3 – 4 November, 7:30pm

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Speak Percussion: A wave and waves
Oct
29
2:00 PM14:00

Speak Percussion: A wave and waves

One hundred individuals will unite to realise the WA premiere performance of A wave and waves. The Midland Railway Workshops will be transformed into a sonic and visual ocean of instruments and performers, creating an intimate experience of monumental proportions.

Performances at 2pm and 4pm.
PISARO A wave and waves (WA premiere)
Speak Percussion & TURA, as part of the 2017 Totally Huge New Music Festival

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Speak Percussion: Fluorophone
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Speak Percussion: Fluorophone

Speak Percussion’s Fluorophone creates a kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom-built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same. Fluorophone moves between noise, theatrical music and virtuosic instrumentalism, in a synesthetic display of light and sound.

Presented by Tura for the 2017 Totally Huge New Music Festival.

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Rubiks: 75 Years - A Portrait of Meredith Monk
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

Rubiks: 75 Years - A Portrait of Meredith Monk

Monk’s music is intoxicatingly playful, achingly personal and instantly recognisable, exploring the human voice at its most ethereal, acrobatic and startling. Rubiks Collective and Invenio Singers celebrate Monk’s seventy-fifth birthday with a retrospective of her musical output, pairing some of her most recent offerings with beloved works from her early career.

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The Black Rider
Sep
15
to Oct 8

The Black Rider

A naïve hunter travels to a crossroads in the dead of night to conjure the devil. He’s willing to bargain almost anything in exchange for magic silver bullets that will never miss their mark. But the devil makes cunning deals—just when you think you can have it all, you may have unwittingly given it all away.

Who else could write a macabre musical about a pact with the devil, but Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs? Cry-in-beer ballads meet 1920s jazz and gritty beat poetry, in a carnival of addictions. Black Rider is a spectacle that pulls the audience into the dark and decadent depths of the underworld.

Malthouse Theatre and Victorian Opera team up to create a theatrical fantasia with some of Australia’s greatest seducers, including Meow Meow, Paul Capsis and Kanen Breen in a production that is part vaudeville, part opera, and all dance with the devil.

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Speak Percussion: Assembly Operation
Sep
5
to Sep 9

Speak Percussion: Assembly Operation

Three percussionists dutifully form an assembly line to extract music from everyday objects. Drawing on the visual, sonic and conceptual qualities of the one Yuan note, using paper, packaging, electronic toys and traditional objects, Speak Percussion delivers a loaded sonic odyssey.

In this major new collaboration between Eugene Ughetti, performance maker Clare Britton and visual artists Cyrus Tang and Jia Jia Chen, dark video sequences and minimalistic set design conjure surreal reflections on mass-production. Assembly Operation manufactures high quality sound by crunching and grinding low worth goods.

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Turangalîla
Jul
29
8:00 PM20:00

Turangalîla

Australian conductor Simone Young leads Messiaen’s mammoth Turangalîla-Symphonie - a monumental symphony and a virtuosic piano concerto, an epic symphonic 'love song' demanding the full commitment of over one hundred orchestral musicians.

Jacob Abela, ondes-martenot | Timothy Young, piano | Simone Young, conductor
Australian World Orchestra & Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra

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Speak Percussion: Fluorophone
Jul
23
2:00 PM14:00

Speak Percussion: Fluorophone

Speak Percussion’s Fluorophone creates a kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom-built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same. Fluorophone moves between noise, theatrical music and virtuosic instrumentalism, in a synesthetic display of light and sound.

Presented by City Recital Hall (Sydney) for the Unashamedly Original Festival. 

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Speak Percussion: Transducer
Jul
22
4:00 PM16:00

Speak Percussion: Transducer

Speak Percussion’s Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti and new media artist Robin Fox explore the relationship between percussion and the microphone, space and kinetics, and acoustic and processed sound.

Transducer places the microphone at the centre of the creative investigation and redefines its function and potential as an expressive musical object, repurposing microphone technology to tease out the inextricable fundamentals of creating, reproducing and manipulating electronic and acoustic sound. Through specially developed kinetic sculptures and complex modes of electrical transduction a completely unique musical work is formed.

Presented by City Recital Hall (Sydney) for the Unashamedly Original Festival. 

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Blackbird Creative Lab
Jun
11
to Jun 24

Blackbird Creative Lab

A two-week intensive in Ojai, California with Eighth Blackbird, composers Jennifer Higdon and Ted Hearne, director/filmmaker Mark DeChiazza, and thirty fellows from around the world.  The Creative Lab focuses on cutting edge musicianship, dynamic performance aesthetic and savvy inventive development. 

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