John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

May 18, 2020 / Album Reviews

AIM (michaeljordandrums.com) 9/10 Michael Jordan has dug his own musical garden, and now the flowers are blooming. His conceptions as both composer and drummer are uniquely intertwined, his pieces exploring the melodic potential of a large kit of Roto-toms tuned to specific notes. But let’s put the rigour underpinning the…

May 16, 2020 / Concert Reviews

Johnston St Jazz Live Stream, April 23 7.5/10 Our brains have been processing acoustic sounds since our forerunners warily exited the ocean and crawled up the beach. We’ve only heard electronic sounds, on the other hand, for one lifetime. Perhaps that somehow accounts for the delicious disorientation when music morphs…

May 6, 2020 / Theatre Reviews

LIVE STREAM THEATRE Griffin Theatre Company, April 21 In terms of relevance deprivation right now you can’t sink much lower than a theatre critic. It’s like the National Party without coal: absolutely no raison d’etre (which is French, Barnaby, for a shrivelled grape.) So imagine the sheer ecstasy when Griffin…