John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

May 26, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Given the radically reduced number of CD reviews being run in The Sydney Morning Herald here are a dozen recent releases of Oz music that have missed out on coverage in the paper…  Steve Barry Steve Barry (Jazzgroove) Conceptually the piano is half way to being a percussion instrument, and…

May 20, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Wislawa (ECM) Tomasz Stanko divides his time between his native Poland and New York, maintaining bands in both places. Here his American quartet breaks cover in dramatic fashion. While having one of jazz’s most distinctive trumpet sounds and having undertaken many darkly European projects, Stanko has also been able to…

May 18, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

. White Big Top, Moore Park, May 15 The last horse “spectacular” I witnessed was the frightful Man From Snowy River at the Entertainment Centre. Having survived that collision of horses, wagons, riders and over-amplified, vapid dialogue I swore to avoid such events like the plague. Until Cavalia galloped into…