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Aug
18
2018

Barney McAll/Monash Art Ensemble

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ZEPHYRIX (Extra Celestial Arts) 9/10 With each album Barney McAll’s artistry currently seems to scale new heights. Certainly Zephyrix (Zephyr amalgamated with Phoenix) is his most ambitious composition to date: a suite for 15 players evoking the five birds of alchemy. The music is both programmatic and philosophical in intent, celebrating transformation, while providing a […]

Aug
10
2018

Silke Eberhard and Sandy Evans

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WHAT SHE SEES (Rufus) 7.5/10 Sometimes the sounds merge into one, is if controlled by the same lips, the same breath. At other times they strobe against one another, the phasing effect unsettling and even disorienting. Sometimes the music is like a toyshop come to life when the humans have all gone home, as on […]

Aug
8
2018

Joseph Tawadros

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THE BLUEBIRD, THE MYSTIC AND THE FOOL (Planet) 8.5/10 All music is a dialogue, and here Joseph Tawadros zeroes in on discourses between moods, with the oud player’s compositional breadth starring as much as the brilliant improvising. The 21 shortish pieces make the listening experience one of constant flux, whether between serenity and joy, or […]

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