Mar
9
2017

London Klezmer Quartet

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Blue Mountains Theatre, February 17 6.5/10 It’s taken a while, but it is happening. Five years after the London Klezmer Quartet annexed Indra Buraczewska – then of Melbourne, now of Latvia – as a bassist and discovered that the band had acquired a singer at no extra cost, her vocal marvels are finally being exploited […]

Mar
5
2017

The Spooky Men’s Chorale album

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WARM (https://spookymen.com/product/warm/) 7/10 The Spooky Men actually made their name by amusing more than spooking. The problem with humour in music is its shelf-life is about the same as bread – unless of course one sees this loopy male choir live. So Spookmeister Stephen Taberner’s decision to ease this fourth album away from the gag […]

Mar
3
2017

Page of Madness: Suite for Improvisers

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Sound Lounge, February 11 9/10 If a sense of surprise courses from the heart of much good music, then Phillip Johnston sliced open an artery to flood this work with the stuff. Composition and improvisation have shared a bed since music was born, but often the former has constrained the latter or the latter has […]

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