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Feb
21
2013

Phil Slater’s Sun Songbook

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Venue 505, February 16, 2013 Balancing reverence and audacity is the trick to reinterpreting or borrowing from another’s music. Too many cross-cultural projects, for instance, lack due reverence, as ancient traditions are mangled with never a backwards glance. In turning Peter Sculthorpe’s compositions into improvising vehicles Phil Slater and his co-musical director, Matt McMahon, have […]

Feb
8
2013

Joseph Tawadros

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Venue 505, February 2, 2013  In a way it’s all one. Joseph Tawadros’s uproarious ‘tween-song schtick and his virtuoso improvising are both about telling stories; about engaging, communicating, moving. Sometimes the schtick went on too long, but always there was a pay-off: a gale of laughter that swept the packed room like a palette-cleanser before […]

Feb
6
2013

Parramatta Opening Party

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Parramatta, January 19, 2013  Sydney Festival splashed free music across several outdoor stages in its latest push to consummate a long, half-hearted flirtation with Parramatta.  The 40-strong Blue MUGS (Blue Mountains Ukulele Group) may be the only band around whose shirts are louder than their music. They performed in Riverside Theatre’s courtyard, strumming and singing […]