John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

June 2, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

505, May 31 A single expletive and a thousand exclamation marks would have been the shorthand way to review this concert. Here was why jazz thrives more in small clubs than concert halls, the wondrous music-making and close, enraptured audience spiralling together toward the extraordinary pinnacle of energy that was…

June 2, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

The Remembering & Forgetting Of The Air (birdland.com.au) In a world of stress, friction, worry and the relentless buzz of necessity Jonathan Zwartz creates music akin to the release of a long sigh; music that inclines us to let the sounds wash over us. Not that this follow-up to The…

June 1, 2013 / Features - Archive

Arabic music in a Jewish temple? Depending on your perspective it could be post-modernism run amok or the dawn of a new Age of Aquarius. Perhaps we should qualify “Arabic”, as the music in question layers jazz into the Andalousian classical music of north Africa, and the latter, itself, is…