John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

April 1, 2021 / Album Reviews

TREADING WATER (Earshift) 7/10 You relax into this music like it’s going to being a sonic hammock, and then out of nowhere, it smacks you on the jaw. The Avegicos brothers – trumpeter Tom and saxophonist Michael – have become pervasive in Sydney jazz circles over the last few years,…

March 31, 2021 / Concert Reviews

Blue Mountains Theatre, March 12 7/10 When it does catch fire, it blazes up in a sudden inferno. The two saxophones coil and snake around each other in a mad scramble of melody over tearaway rhythms punctuated by bucking syncopations and juddering stop-times. And then out the front there’s Sarah…

March 30, 2021 / Theatre Reviews

The Joan, March 13, 7.5/10 Lamb is dotted with songs the way dry dams dot a drought-struck sheep farm. Penned by Hunters and Collectors’ Mark Seymour, they frame the play’s sepia tone of love and life and gone wrong, and the slow pace at which this happens. As Kathleen, the…