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London Klezmer Quartet

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Blue Mountains Theatre, February 17 6.5/10 It’s taken a while, but it is happening. Five years after the London Klezmer Quartet annexed Indra Buraczewska – then of Melbourne, now of Latvia – as a bassist and discovered that the band had acquired a singer at no extra cost, her vocal marvels are finally being exploited […]


Page of Madness: Suite for Improvisers

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Sound Lounge, February 11 9/10 If a sense of surprise courses from the heart of much good music, then Phillip Johnston sliced open an artery to flood this work with the stuff. Composition and improvisation have shared a bed since music was born, but often the former has constrained the latter or the latter has […]


Alim Qasimov Ensemble

Sydney - January 21, 2017: The Alim Qasimov Ensemble  perform during the 2017 Sydney Festival (photo by Jamie Williams/Sydney Festival)

City Recital Hall, January 21 8/10 As we enter the new world order of trashing truth and reviling cultures perceived as alien, it was like sliding into a parallel universe to relish the nuanced and ancient musical world of Azerbaijan presented by Alim Qasimov’s sextet. Here was truth intertwined with its perennial lover, beauty, and […]