John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

April 12, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Sydney Lyric Theatre, April 2 7/10 Forget the story, acting and music for a moment. Let’s get physical. Let’s talk dancing. This is the best ensemble dancing I’ve ever seen in an Australian production of a musical. Obviously Malik Le Nost’s red-hot choreography (aided by Mitchell Woodcock) is vital to…

April 11, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Riverside Theatre, March 30 4.5/10 Dr Jose P Rizal is a hero of the Philippines’ struggle for independence from Spain. He was executed for his writings, including his semi-autobiographical novel Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not), which in part exposed the Catholic Church’s complicity in brutal colonialism. Allan McFadden (music…

April 9, 2019 / Album Reviews

THE USEFULNESS OF ART (Fat Rain) 9.5/10 The breadth of the music matches the scale of the ambition. These five albums of scintillating creativity let you dig deep into the oeuvre of brilliant Melbourne composer/multi-instrumentalist Adam Simmons, beginning with Concerto for Piano and Toy Band, a dense, giddy conversation between…