Cancelled: They swim through air

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Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Rubiks Collective on Monday 28 September has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

All ticket holders are entitled to a full refund via their original point of purchase. We are currently in the process of arranging refunds.

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Event details

Dynamic contemporary art music group Rubiks Collective debuted in 2015 and has quickly won praise for its ‘incredibly personal, strangely spiritual and ultimately deeply touching’ performances (Limelight magazine).

Rubiks works with the artistic pioneers of our time, including Marcus Fjellström, Xuan, Bec Plexus, Kinds of Kings, Short Black Opera and Invenio Singers. In 2017 Rubiks launched the Pythia Prize for female and gender nonconforming composers.

Rubiks Collective performs a feast of works from some of the world’s most impressive innovators in contemporary music. Suzanne Farrin’s The Stimulus of Loss explores the unique and haunting sounds of the ondes Martenot (early electronic instrument) combined with ‘glissando headjoint’ (a modified flute headjoint that mimics the human voice). Rubiks’s virtuosic playfulness comes to the fore in Jessie Marino’s The Whale Is a Capital Fish, a celebration of the ritual absurdity and technical mastery exhibited in everyday activities. Capping this off are new Australian works from Sydney’s trailblazing Alice Chance and the winner of Rubiks’s 2019 Pythia Prize.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Rubiks Collective


Tamara Kohler flutes
Gemma Kneale cello
Jacob Abela keyboards
Kaylie Melville percussion


Alice Chance
New Work

Suzanne Farrin
The stimulus of loss

Jessie Marrino
The whale is a capital fish

2019 Pythia Prize Winner
New work


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.

Try Something Different

From contemporary classical music to cross-cultural collaborations, experience boundary-breaking and genre-defying music.