Mar
31
2013

Eleni Karaindrou CD

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Concert In Athens (ECM) One of my speakers self-destructed recently, causing much gnashing of teeth. But since the replacement pair have been installed I swear no more beautiful sound has passed their membranes than that of Kim Kashkashian’s viola on this album. It has a velvety luxuriance such as the wealthy swathed themselves in to […]

Mar
29
2013

To Hell And Back With Mary Coughlan

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For a while Mary Coughlan seemed to be living her career backwards. She had a number one album before she ever played a gig, and a decade later found herself back at the bottom rung of the ladder. The Irish blues/jazz/soul singer may have fallen in love with music as a toddler and been singing […]

Mar
28
2013

The Bridge Project

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Camelot Lounge, March 24  The very absence of one of the Bridge Project’s members just further emphasised the need for such a venture. Umit Ceyhan is a Turkish refugee resident in France with his wife and daughter. It appears he was denied an Australian visa for fear he would become an “economic refugee”. Such crude, […]