Jan
31
2017

Sex, Lynch and Video Games

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City Recital Hall, January 19 8.5/10 Here was a genuinely audacious piece of festival programming. Canadian composer Nicole Lizee leaves you wondering whether you have just witnessed pop culture being turned into high art, or vice versa. The answer, of course, is that the line has been obliterated. Also a turntablist and electronics wiz, Lizee […]

Jan
28
2017

1967: Music in the Key of Yes

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Concert Hall, January 17 7.5/10 The 1967 referendum was merely a start, but it remains loaded with symbolism. Now, as its fiftieth anniversary approaches and the mood for further change – even a treaty – is in the air, this performance exuded a healthy optimism as it celebrated in song that belated starting-point for constitutional […]

Jan
26
2017

Circuit des Yeux

Sydney - January 15, 2017: Hayley Fohr, aka Circuit des Yeux, performs at the 2017 Sydney Festival (photo by Jamie Williams/Sydney Festival)

St Stephen’s Uniting Church, January 15 Reviewed by John Shand 6/10 St Stephen’s Church exemplifies Inter-War Gothic architecture, and the push-you-back-in-your-seat reaction to Hayley Fohr’s songs was that they, too, were darkly, ornately Gothic. Indeed if Trump starts a war the new material that she concentrated on here may even be said to be inter-war. […]