John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

April 2, 2019 / Album Reviews

THE KOMEDA PROJECT (www.andreakellerpiano.com.au/) 9/10 What a treasure trove of music the great Polish composer and jazz pianist Krysztof Komeda (1931-69) left after a too-short life. Pianist Andrea Keller and trumpeter Miroslav Bukovsky have arranged the raw material of some of Komeda’s famed film scores for an improvising octet of…

March 31, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Blue Mountains Music Festival, March 15 8/10 Why is so much exceptional television, cinema, music and more generated by the tiny populations of the Scandinavian countries? Could it be that they’ve been better than most at balancing the conflicting demands of the individual and the community, and that there’s a…

March 31, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Lennox Theatre, March 16 9/10 Gods were pretty much expunged from western art when the Roman Empire succumbed to Christianity. A pity. Understanding this waste of raw material, American writer George Brant used his 2011 one-hander, Grounded, to reinstate the god-figure to our stages. His god is just called The…