John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

February 21, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Venue 505, February 16, 2013 Balancing reverence and audacity is the trick to reinterpreting or borrowing from another’s music. Too many cross-cultural projects, for instance, lack due reverence, as ancient traditions are mangled with never a backwards glance. In turning Peter Sculthorpe’s compositions into improvising vehicles Phil Slater and his…

February 17, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Saltash Bells (ECM)  The prospect would usually be distinctly unappealing: a lone horn player multi-tracking saxophones and clarinets, and adding layers of synthesizer. But that would be to fail to account for the John Surman factor.  No one alive makes more appealing sounds on a baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone or…

February 17, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

The Hanging Of Jean Lee (andreegreenwell.com)  Jean Lee was the last woman subjected to state-sanctioned murder in Australia. This was in 1951 for her part in brutally killing a bookie, having tried to take sole responsibility in order to save her lover. She was so heavily sedated before the execution…