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June 23, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Clarendon Guesthouse, June 16 This time Barb Jungr had the best accompanist she has brought to Australia: Simon Wallace. How important is the accompanist for a singer’s performance? Imagine trying to paint with a lumpy canvas. That’s how important. Wallace was Jungr’s co-songwriter, arranger and producer on last year’s Stockport…

June 23, 2013 / Features - Archive

It’s not exactly what the how-to-interview-musicians handbook recommends, but I’ve just suggested to Barb Jungr that her concerts are better than her albums. Ever so politely, you understand, and I knew that Jungr (pronounced “younger) is too nice to hang up on me. My point was that on disc the…

June 20, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Concert Hall, June 15 One almost has to recalibrate one’s listening to absorb Cassandra Wilson. She sings without showing off her technique or feeling obliged to impale us to the rear wall. Her accompaniment is often like a breeze passing through a wheat field: a subdued rustle and thrum that…