Jan
31
2013

South Pacific

Lisa McCune as Nellie Forbush with the boys of Opera Australia's SOUTH PACIFIC Photo by Jeff Busy

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, August 11, 2012  Musicals never demand we fully believe in what is unfolding, but if performed brilliantly they do allow us to suspend disbelief. Opera Australia’s South Pacific directed by Bartlett Sher (based upon his New York Lincoln Center Theatre production) certainly hits that mark.  Anchoring it is the […]

Jan
30
2013

Never Really a Darling

Trevor Watts Hothouse, Chicago hi res

Much outrage has followed the announcement that The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is scrapping the annual Darling Harbour Jazz Festival in June. That outrage is justified in the context of the replacement entertainment apparently being a light show. Two rallies today will bring together many musicians to protest the decision. But if the festival is […]

Jan
30
2013

MIKE NOCK PROJECT

Martenitsa

Sound Lounge, December 1  Jazz composition exists to create stimulating improvising opportunities, and therefore an extended piece should offer a shifting landscape of improvisational areas. The composition becomes an enticing itinerary, with activities at each destination varying considerably on each trip.  For Mike Nock’s hour-long Suite SIMA (commissioned by the Sydney Improvised Music Association) this […]