John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

September 22, 2019 / Concert Reviews

The Studio, September 8 8/10 The standard of musical excellence in Australia is only going north. This was the strongest of 17 editions of Freedman Jazz, the annual concert partly determining the winner of the $20,000 Freedman Jazz Fellowship. Standing out was not just the musicianship, but the artistry: the…

September 20, 2019 / Album Reviews

TRAPEZE FOR TWO ATOMS (www.carldewhurst.com.au) 4 stars You hear the hours and years of communing across so many varied projects, before finally coming together as a duo. Given the vast array of idioms at their mutual disposal, the common ground upon which they settle might surprise. Matt McMahon (piano) and…

September 19, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Ensemble Theatre, September 4 6/10 Most plays with historical settings are now relocated to the present, by way of offering obeisance to the false god of relevance. Canadian playwright Kate Hennig didn’t wait for a director to do the inevitable, but took matters into her own hands. Her drama, centred…