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Nov
25
2017

Jen Shyu

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Reginald Theatre, November 9 9/10 When Jen Shyu was last here 15 months ago I suggested her eclectic, multifaceted, mind-bending performances could become even more exhilarating were she to reach the point where idiom – that outmoded and redundant concept – was discarded altogether. This time she was indeed closer to that vanishing point on […]

Nov
22
2017

The Balkanics

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Lawson Mechanics Institute, November 4 8/10 They look like so many clowns who have run away from the circus: refugees from making people laugh who have turned, instead, to music and the fine art of brewing jubilation. Among the plethora of bands playing Balkan and Gypsy music in Australia these days one rarely encounters high-level […]

Nov
18
2017

Freedman Jazz 2017

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The Studio, October 30 7.5/10 This could be cast as a win for composition over improvisation, although one could attend Freedman Jazz happily oblivious to its being a competition at all, and simply enjoy a celebration of creative music. This 15th edition again emphasised the diversity of music performed under the loose but bravely fluttering […]

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