John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

January 16, 2020 / Features

The haze of sad and sorry shows could not extinguish 2019’s brightest lights, including watching Jonathan Biggins become the missing link between Paul Keating and Krapp. Decades of The Wharf Revue had demonstrated Biggins’ intelligent versatility, but in his own The Gospel According to Paul and Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape…

January 12, 2020 / Features

Sometimes you’d think Bill Frisell was a singer rather than a guitarist. You have to reach back across the decades to a Miles Davis or a Ben Webster to find comparable mastery of the art of making a lyric come to life without a word being sung. Instead those words…

January 8, 2020 / Features

The full blast of a Katoomba winter westerly was rattling the windows. Dr Funkenstein tried to smile, and heard a disturbing cracking sound. Was it his teeth, or the long-unused muscles in his cheeks? He brooded before the fire; gulped his red wine without tasting it. Then his lady-love spun…