John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

January 25, 2020 / Theatre Reviews

Ensemble Theatre, January 9 6/10 “I like the idea of a room full of white people, all looking at me, all listening to what I say,” says Johnny Mullagh. “I would say, ‘Listen to my story. Listen to my people. And listen to your hearts.’” The real Mullagh may have…

January 23, 2020 / Album Reviews

A LIFE BETWEEN (Soundsabound) 8/10 Perhaps it was inevitable that Chase Baird would be a jazz saxophonist, with his first name referencing a Coltrane tune (among others) and his second containing “bird”. But making this second album was not easy, with a little serendipity required before his pieces could be…

January 18, 2020 / Theatre Reviews

Roslyn Packer Theatre, January 8 7.5/10 When director Lars Jan of US theatre company Early Morning Opera opted to thrust the three dozen pages of Joan Didion’s The White Album on to a stage, the famed piece of prose could have been as uncomfortable a participant as an unwilling audience…