Sep
17
2017

Tony Gorman and the miracle of the long notes

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What is the Monday Club, a group of improvisers with a penchant for using long, slow notes as musical building blocks, doing in the Sydney Sacred Music Festival? The answer lies both in the broader meaning of “sacred” and in the story of the group’s founder, Tony Gorman. A brilliant saxophonist and clarinettist, Gorman was […]

Sep
16
2017

Monsieur Camembert’s Leonard Cohen Show

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City Recital Hall, August 26 8.5/10 Corralled into a show nearly three hours long, the songs, poetry and musings of Leonard Cohen became less a concert and more a diary of what it means to be human. Gathered like exhibits at our judgement were our lusts, sorrows, joys, betrayals and munificence. Glaringly absent was our […]

Sep
12
2017

Tex, Don & Charlie

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The Factory Theatre, August 22 8/10 “I’m a man in conflict with nature,” intones Tex Perkins in his song of that name, encapsulating in a line the friction that fuels his writing and his singing. In the course of this performance he was also a man in conflict with his guitar, bleeding profusely from a […]

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