John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

July 30, 2019 / Features

It’s rather like an episode of Mission Impossible: take a 500-page book and condense it into an 80-page opera libretto, leaving ample space for the music to weave its spells. This was the assignment Pierce Wilcox undertook in penning the words for Elliott Gyger’s opera of Oscar & Lucinda. Amid…

July 28, 2019 / Album Reviews

THE EXOTICA ALBUM (Hubro) 7.5/10 The trick with travelling is to make the journey the adventure, rather than it being the tedium before the destination. This album is one such adventure. In fact there is no destination: just a sonic journey through improbable soundscapes, so it’s like continuously rounding bends…

July 22, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Everest Theatre, July 12 7/10 As a little girl Ella Fitzgerald longed to be a dancer. When (while yet in her teens) she instead became a singer, her ascent to greatness was hastened because she still danced, except that now it with her voice. More than any other jazz singer,…