John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

October 13, 2020 / Album Reviews

DARK ENERGY (FMR) 8/10 To an astrophysicist it’s our universe’s little-understood but dominant energy form, to a fantasist it’s black magic, and to others it might mean a maniac in the White House. Regardless of which sense of “dark energy” trumpeter Paul Williamson intended, his title track certainly pulses with…

October 11, 2020 / Concert Reviews

Music Hunter at Avalon, September 20 6.5/10 Having observed that the intimacy of this venue made it feel like someone’s living room, Felicity Wilcox also cheekily suggested that there just might be a plus-side to socially-distanced audiences in terms of quality rather than quantity. I suspect she’s on to something.…

October 9, 2020 / Theatre Reviews

Belvoir St Theatre, September 16 9/10 Virginia Woolf got one thing wrong. Near the end of A Room of One’s Own, her incandescent 1929 polemic on women’s place in the corporeal and literary patriarchies, she writes, “Much of what I have said will seem out of date.” On the contrary,…