Feb
7
2013

Elina Duni CD

Matane Malit (ECM)  Listening to someone sing in a foreign language is among the great joys of music. Perhaps it is because I am rubbish at catching the words as they tumble past when sung that I almost find myself more easily swept away by their sound than their meaning. Besides, much meaning may be […]

Feb
6
2013

John McLaughlin CD

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  Now Here This (Abstract Logix/Planet)  Some artists tend to pare back their music’s freneticism as they age. John McLaughlin prefers to continue letting rip. The guitarist who was in on the ground floor of combining jazz and rock still relishes unleashing torrents of notes against backdrops studded with rhythmic barbs.  This version of the […]

Feb
6
2013

Sydney Festival Wrap: Bertles Makes His Mark

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Given the rumours of severe budgetary constraints, the 2013 Sydney Festival is a particularly auspicious debut for its new artistic director Lieven Bertles. Bertles has done more with less than his immediate predecessors managed, which only proves that it’s not all about money. Bertles restored an edge to the festival and diluted the populism that […]