John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

May 27, 2020 / Album Reviews

HERE NOW HEAR (FMR) 8.5/10 Monash Art Ensemble reaches ever higher and farther afield for imagination-stretching material. Directed by Paul Grabowsky, this combination of students and professionals moves well beyond the jazz big-band mentality on this double album, taking listeners on the genre-crossing journeys of eight composers, deep into the…

May 24, 2020 / Concert Reviews

April 30 8/10 International Jazz Day (April 30) has celebrated jazz’s role in helping unite people the world over since 2011. This year, when the host nation was to have been South Africa, it was, instead, another reminder of a community splintered into an epidemic of isolation. But, thanks to…

May 21, 2020 / Features

The Melbourne hotel wasn’t the dump he had feared. It even boasted a pool, which he had to himself – just how he liked it when doing laps. Especially now there was no Ava Gardner around. He relaxed into an easy freestyle, extending the number of strokes between breaths until…