May
27
2013

Stories Then & Now

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Carriageworks, May 22 Given that the slide-show was once the most dreaded of all domestic sports, William Yang’s achievement in making it pleasurable public entertainment is remarkable. Here he steps back to the role of directing others in the gentle art of show-and-tell, in company with Annette Shun Wah. Stories Then & Now presents six Asian […]

May
26
2013

CD Shorts

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Given the radically reduced number of CD reviews being run in The Sydney Morning Herald here are a dozen recent releases of Oz music that have missed out on coverage in the paper…  Steve Barry Steve Barry (Jazzgroove) Conceptually the piano is half way to being a percussion instrument, and in jazz it is mostly […]

May
20
2013

Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet CD

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Wislawa (ECM) Tomasz Stanko divides his time between his native Poland and New York, maintaining bands in both places. Here his American quartet breaks cover in dramatic fashion. While having one of jazz’s most distinctive trumpet sounds and having undertaken many darkly European projects, Stanko has also been able to quite unselfconsciously buy into the […]