John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

March 1, 2013 / Features - Archive

When Jasper Hoiby’s sister, Jeanette, suddenly lost her sight he left his burgeoning London music career to help his mother nurse her in Copenhagen. He could not know that this would lead to the formation of a band that would not only change his life, but also shake up the…

February 27, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Q Theatre, Penrith, February 24, 2013. About 1500 years ago a tribe that would become known as the Roma, or Gypsies, straggled westward from northern India. Their phased progress brought them to the Balkans 600 years later. There some stayed and others dispersed across Europe, including to Spain, where they…

February 26, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Walking Dark (Edition/Planet) Reviewed April, 2012.  Jazz spawned the drum-kit, and all the music’s subsequent developments have been accompanied by revolutions in playing the instrument. Now conceptual and technical innovations at the kit are actually kindling new directions jazz may take. You can hear it happening locally almost every time…