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January 28, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Primal Communication (www.feeling-to-thought.com)  You know how dreams can have transitions where you seem to step through a portal from one world to another? Phil Treloar’s monumental Primal Communication is like that. Composed for strings (Conservatorium of Tasmania String Orchestra) and improvising quartet (Feeling to Thought: Treloar, percussion; Mark Simmonds, tenor;…

January 27, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Jeanne d’Arc (Alia Vox/Fuse)  She may be the most improbable figure in history. Joan of Arc was a peasant (albeit a mayor’s daughter) who supped with royalty, a female who had the full panoply of the martial patriarchy at her beck and call, and a teenager to whom learned men…

January 27, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

State Theatre, January 14, 2013  It was hardly an unreasonable expectation that, bundled together, Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright might deliver an even stronger performance than each does individually. Around flashes of that reality wafted a more pervasive sense of unfulfilled potential: of the component parts somehow cancelling…