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May
22
2018

I HOLD THE LION’S PAW

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Boiler House, May 5 7/10 This was both refreshing and vaguely nostalgic, because in this fast-forward world it has become so rare to encounter art of any sort that takes its time – like Mozart operas, 19th-century novels or ’60s jazz improvisations. Here was music that dared to spend 15 minutes just establishing moods and […]

May
20
2018

JOSEPH TAWADROS

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Blue Mountains Theatre, May 4 7.5/10 You know when you turn the gas down low, so the flame has that singular violet luminescence? Joseph Tawadros’s solo oud features have that quality. Like a cello, the instrument has an innate, dignified melancholy. Meanwhile Tawadros crafts a note’s shape and weight, along with the spaces between them, […]

May
19
2018

BROTZMANN/LEIGH

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People’s Republic of Australasia, May 2 9/10 I’ve lived through earthquakes, cyclones, blizzards, floods, bushfires and now a Peter Brotzmann concert. On the one hand the veteran German saxophonist’s playing is of such ferocity as to seem a force of nature, and yet on the other it is so profoundly human as to be the […]

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