John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

December 3, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Capitol Theatre, November 15 6/10 How good might School of Rock have been had Andrew Lloyd Webber not bought the stage rights to the film? The 2003 movie had a cute enough premise, but converting it to a musical required someone who could hammer out more convincing songs than the…

December 1, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Foundry 616, November 13 8/10 If this sometimes this felt like an uphill struggle, it was more than justified when they reached the peak. That was when Lakecia Benjamin realised that this band of strangers from a strange land called Australia could actually go with her wherever she wanted to…

November 28, 2019 / Album Reviews

TRIPLE HELIX (Anzic/Birdland) 8/10 This one tears up the rule-book. Forget all preconceptions of what a large jazz band sounds like, and listen to the sonic vistas that New York’s Anat Cohen Tentet opens up, including on the title track, a 22-minute Concerto for Clarinet and Ensemble. Composed by musical…