Jun
27
2017

Marcus Holden album

Brolga res

THE BROLGA (Rouseabout Records) Marcus Holden’s musical vision is so complete that it has become a prism through which almost any music that passes is refracted into his own likeness. His version of O mio babbino caro from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, for instance, melts all the high drama of a Callas-style reading, leaving a lilting […]

Jun
25
2017

Sydney Con International Jazz Festival

tigran res

Sydney Conservatorium, Jun 4 8.5/10 Pianist Tigran Hamasyan has such a light touch at it is as if a spirit is playing rather than a corporeal presence; one wary of imposing itself upon silence. Indeed much of this solo concert was so airy that were it a sculpture it wouldn’t even cast a shadow. Only […]

Jun
24
2017

Bill Frisell

Bill 3 res

York Theatre, June 3 Reviewed by John Shand 9.5/10 If you could distil innocence and then teach it to play guitar it would sound like Bill Frisell. Frisell is still the kid whose eyes light up with that “Oh, wow!” sense of wonder at the sounds an electric guitar can make. With each note of […]

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