Jan
17
2014

Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet

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City Recital Hall, January 11   Had Ernest Rutherford not worked out how to split the atom science would only have had to wait until Ambrose Akinmusire came along. Where Rutherford used alpha particles Akinmusire uses something much more lethal: a trumpet. No other instrument seems to scythe through the air with such hurtling velocity […]

Jan
15
2014

Band of Magicians

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Riverside Theatre, January 10 The trick with magic shows is to pretend you are six years old – and I don’t mean you get someone else to pay. I mean you try to accept what you see as “magic” rather than tying your brain in Gordian how-did-they-do-that knots. No magicians worth their wands are going […]

Jan
14
2014

Bombino

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The Spiegeltent, January 9 First-night hiccoughs saw scores of people stuck in a sluggish and increasingly grumpy queue at the Festival Village box-office as show-time approached. Thankfully Bombino provided de-stressing therapy by playing the first third of his set acoustically. But then music has been an important therapy not just in the life of Omara […]