Jan
16
2017

Orszaczky Budget Orchestra – Keeping the flame alive

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The smoke curling from the tiny terrace in Erskineville might have resulted from some chemical reaction rather than cigarettes. Inside was Jackie Orszaczky’s crucible of music: relentless practising, composing, arranging and rehearsing. His influence continues to bubble away in dozens of acts including Boy and Bear, Petulant Frenzy, Lucie Thorne and Tina Harrod, nine years […]

Jan
12
2017

Year in Review: 2016

Wayne Shorter Quartet

What were they thinking? Technologically diabolical live sound should be a thing of the past, like overheating cars. So to encounter this phenomenon plaguing five high-profile concerts in five different rooms in 2016 was disgraceful. The worst offender was the delightful Esperanza Spaulding’s Emily’s D+Evolution in the Joan Sutherland Theatre. Despite Spaulding’s lyrics being pivotal […]

Jan
10
2017

Ladies in Black

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Lyric Theatre, January 8 7.5/10 One’s ability to succumb to Cinderella stories tends to wither with age – and I don’t mean reaching one’s riper years. About 10 should do it. So this withered fruit sat with arms folded, little inclined to cut a musical version of Madeleine St John’s novel The Women in Black […]

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