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Aug
25
2017

Sirens Big Band

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Io Myers Studio, August 5 7/10 In previewing this concert I noted that no one could accuse composer Ellen Kirkwood of lacking ambition. This was because the thematic underpinnings of [A]part, her new long-form work for jazz orchestra, were her responses to such major issues as climate change and the global refugee crisis. In fact […]

Aug
17
2017

Stu Hunter: The Migration

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Q Theatre, July 30 9/10 When Stu Hunter launched his third long-form jazz composition, The Migration, at the 2016 Sydney Festival it was bedevilled by such severe sound problems as thwarted a true evaluation. By contrast the exemplary sound at the Q Theatre allowed everyone in the 10-piece ensemble to be heard with near-perfect clarity. […]

Aug
10
2017

Joseph Tawadros & James Tawadros

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Camelot Lounge, July 19 Reviewed by John Shand 9/10 Do improvising musicians rely more on intense listening, natural affinity, years of collaboration or even shared blood for their rapport? With the Tawadros brothers – oud player Joseph and percussionist James – it’s probably all four. They tested their rapport on the new Live at Abbey […]