Feb
22
2013

My Brightest Diamond

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Opera Theatre, May 27, 2012  If butterflies could make music it would sound like this. It would have these moments of daintiness and explosions of riotous colour. Brooding thoughts would be underpinned by such fluttering beauty or sheer charm.  Shara Worden arrived clutching so large a bunch of helium-filled balloons as must nearly have wafted […]

Feb
22
2013

Australian Art Ensemble CD

Trio ’79 (http://feeling-to-thought.com/) January, 2012.  Count this among the momentous albums of Australian jazz. In 1979 Mark Simmonds (tenor saxophone), Bobby Gebert (piano) and Phil Treloar (drums) formed the Australian Art Ensemble, which only performed twice, but did record. The power that exploded in that three-hour session became legendary, thanks to a widely-circulated, poor-quality bootleg, […]

Feb
21
2013

Phil Slater’s Sun Songbook

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Venue 505, February 16, 2013 Balancing reverence and audacity is the trick to reinterpreting or borrowing from another’s music. Too many cross-cultural projects, for instance, lack due reverence, as ancient traditions are mangled with never a backwards glance. In turning Peter Sculthorpe’s compositions into improvising vehicles Phil Slater and his co-musical director, Matt McMahon, have […]