John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

August 16, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Sound Lounge, July 27 9/10 It doesn’t hit full-frontally, but rather slides into your consciousness like a chimera just caught in the corner of your eye. Then it gradually insinuates itself, until the absorption is complete and time seems to stop. Phil Slater has achieved a rare profundity by ruthlessly…

August 13, 2019 / Album Reviews

  SZOLNOK (DMG) 9/10 This is the one he’s been working towards. This is the one where the violin sound flows from the speakers like thickened cream; where the programmatic ideas and the purely musical ones are in complete accord. Daniel Weltlinger’s profound fascination with the love, peregrinations, tribulations and…

August 11, 2019 / Album Reviews

BY ONE OF THE NIGHT (www.maryrapp.com) 7.5/10 You can stomp, jackbooted, into the dark places in your psyche, or you can do what Mary Rapp does, and flit between the shadows; observe the abyss without plunging in. Rapp, a jazz and free-improvising bassist/cellist and a composer for theatre, here brings…