John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

November 9, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Camelot Lounge, October 27 9/10 This is how cultural treasures survive: because people care enough to ensure they do. A book of compositions by the late Australian music pioneer Kim Sanders was exactly the sort of project the Australia Council should be supporting, rather than propping up bureaucracy-obese companies with…

November 8, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Lennox Theatre, October 26 8.5/10 You know that feeling when you’re standing on a cliff, and are drawn inexorably a little closer to the edge, and then a little more, and then… This play is like that. It’s all edge, no safety-net. Daring and a touch dangerous, its sense of…

November 5, 2019 / Album Reviews

THE DARK PATTERN (Earshift) 9/10 Virtually all art is built on conventions. Only the brave or foolish strip them away, because of the danger only a vacuum will remain. On this deeply mysterious double-album Phil Slater applies some of the language of jazz, while often inverting accepted customs of groove,…