Aug
12
2013

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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Sydney Theatre, August 10   Despite its inevitability there is still a shock in seeing cracks in the art one revered in one’s youth. As a teen Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead was probably my favourite play; certainly my favourite comedy. Tom Stoppard had sprinkled Spike Milligan madness across Waiting For Godot, wrapped it in […]

Aug
12
2013

Tight Corners

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Street Theatre, Canberra, August 8 Each August Canberra’s Capital Jazz Project is more important than anything happening in Sydney or Melbourne. That is a significant achievement for the Street Theatre and the programming of this two-week festival. Tight Corners neatly encapsulated the event’s geography, being made up of two Sydney players (soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston […]

Aug
12
2013

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette

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Somewhere (ECM) Appearing four years after it was recorded in concert this album marks three decades since pianist Keith Jarrett formed this trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette. When I interviewed Jarrett two years ago he observed that problems with Peacock’s hearing clouded the band’s future, so you never know when this […]