John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

February 19, 2020 / Album Reviews

THE SISYPHEANS (ABC) 9/10 Like Sisyphus, drummer Jim White and multi-instrumentalist Georgios Xylouris are engaged on a journey without end. The rock they bear is the limitless investigation and expansion of a musical tradition rooted in Crete. With The Sisypheans they unravel that ancient tradition still further, the multi-tracking of…

February 14, 2020 / Concert Reviews

Concert Hall, January 25 9/10 You left Bunggul feeling both insignificant and elated, having been afforded a glimpse of a culture almost as old as time. We – that is, most Australians – have spent over 200 years ignoring that culture (when we haven’t been trashing it). Perhaps more of…

February 9, 2020 / Concert Reviews

City Recital Hall, January 24 9/10 Some song-writers wrap themselves in cloaks, whether of enigma or inanity, and some bare their souls. Then there’s Archie Roach. His recent autobiography and eponymous album, Tell Me Why, showed how inseparable are his life and his songs, and when he bares his soul…