Feb
7
2017

Alim Qasimov Ensemble

Sydney - January 21, 2017: The Alim Qasimov Ensemble  perform during the 2017 Sydney Festival (photo by Jamie Williams/Sydney Festival)

City Recital Hall, January 21 8/10 As we enter the new world order of trashing truth and reviling cultures perceived as alien, it was like sliding into a parallel universe to relish the nuanced and ancient musical world of Azerbaijan presented by Alim Qasimov’s sextet. Here was truth intertwined with its perennial lover, beauty, and […]

Feb
5
2017

Susan Gai Dowling Trio

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Hotel Blue, February 4 7.5/10 It’s no coincidence that the 1920s and the 1960s gave us a swag of the last century’s best songs: these were the two most culturally revolutionary decades, sharing a mad optimistic energy that the world could be changed for the better. In the ’20s, of course, it was a reaction […]

Feb
1
2017

Cabaret

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Hayes Theatre, January 31 8/10   It creeps up on you like a cancer. Perhaps the blithe, swirling decadence contributes in its way, helping make the conditions ripe, as a failing immune system does. When Herr Ludwig’s vividly red swastika armband first appears it has the shock-value of an open wound. And from there Nazism […]

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