Feb
19
2018

MOTHER

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 Belvoir St, January 27. 8/10 As much as any words it is the verbs and adjectives of her body: the coiling fingers and restless toes, the aimless arcs described by hands, the twitches and spasms, the shrugs and shuffling. As well as being very finely observed, these are all so organic in their implementation that, […]

Feb
17
2018

Barney McAll album

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HEARING THE BLOOD (Extra Celestial) 9/10 As an improvising pianist Barney McAll has long been a master of the fine art of fulfilling and subverting expectations. This album shows that same mastery as a composer. Hearing the Blood contains not just his finest batch of compositions to date, but his finest combination of them. The […]

Feb
15
2018

BAMBULA

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 City Recital Hall, January 25  6.5/10 Here was a decade-long collaboration stripped back to something elemental: just Daniel Wilfred’s voice and bilma (clapsticks), David Wilfred’s yidaki (didjeridu) and Paul Grabowsky’s piano. At the end Grabowsky described the Wilfred brothers (from South East Arnhem Land) as his favourite musicians with whom to work because “they do […]

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