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Rubiks Collective | 75 Years: A Portrait of Meredith Monk

23 October 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT

$29 – $39

Melbourne’s vibrant contemporary art music ensemble Rubiks presents 75 Years: A Portrait of Meredith Monk.

In Monk’s world, “voices are like instruments and instruments are like voices”. ‘Gotham Lullaby’ and ‘Urban March’ showcase the charming melodies, wordless vocalising and astonishing range that have defined Monk’s works for singers, while ‘Backlight’ is an exploration of breath and colour in instrumental writing. Tendrils of melody and modal harmonies weave together in ‘Realm Variations’, representing the newest chapter in this fearless artist’s ever-evolving career.

Monk’s music is intoxicatingly playful, achingly personal and instantly recognisable, exploring the human voice at its most ethereal, acrobatic and startling. Rubiks Collective 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. An all-star line up of guest musicians joins for this concert, including the Invenio Singers.

The evening will also include the announcement of the winner of the inaugural Pythia Prize – a new commission project that will see an Australian female composer collaborate with Rubiks to create a new work, to be premiered in 2018.


  • Backlight (2015) *Australian Premiere
  • Masks (2002)
  • Gotham Lullaby (1981)
  • Urban March (2002)
  • Realm Variations (2012) * Australian Premiere

Rubiks Collective

  • Flutes – Tamara Kohler
  • Cello – Gemma Tomlinson
  • Keyboards – Jacob Abela
  • Percussion – Kaylie Melville

with guests…

  • Invenio Singers
  • Oboe – Ben Opie
  • Clarinets – Justin Beere
  • Bassoon – Chris Martin
  • French Horn – Ian Wildsmith
  • Violin – Amy Brookman
  • Viola- Phoebe Green
  • Harp – Melina Van Leewuen


Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon, Southbank
31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia