Jan
31
2013

Orchestre National de Jazz

Orchestre National de Jazz_Daniel Yvinec_01_photo Annabelle Tiaffay_lowres

City Recital Hall, January 15, 2013  This was as close as Sydney will come to hearing Robert Wyatt in person. His disembodied voice was in the room, as were his songs. France’s young Orchestre National de Jazz performed material from its Around Robert Wyatt album, containing reinventions of the intrepid English jazz-rock and art-rock pioneer’s […]

Jan
31
2013

Robert Wyatt – Involuntary Innovation

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Were Robert Wyatt your only source of Robert Wyatt information you’d conclude he was the most useless scrub ever to presume to make records. Repeatedly during our hour-long telephone chat he refers to himself as “rubbish”, insists how little he knows about music, or deflects questions by discussing someone else.  Yet Wyatt is that rarest […]

Jan
31
2013

South Pacific

Lisa McCune as Nellie Forbush with the boys of Opera Australia's SOUTH PACIFIC Photo by Jeff Busy

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, August 11, 2012  Musicals never demand we fully believe in what is unfolding, but if performed brilliantly they do allow us to suspend disbelief. Opera Australia’s South Pacific directed by Bartlett Sher (based upon his New York Lincoln Center Theatre production) certainly hits that mark.  Anchoring it is the […]