John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

August 29, 2020 / Features

With her flatmate off playing a gig, she had the apartment to herself for the night. She’d spent her childhood studying classical piano, culminating in four years at the New England Conservatory, before she married and disengaged from music entirely for six years. Now here she was in 1975, with…

August 28, 2020 / Concert Reviews

Johnston St Jazz, July 30 9/10 It all comes down to sound. Even when streamed rather than live, you hear a life-force fermenting in Matt Ottignon’s tenor saxophone that can rear up like a tsunami or melt like chocolate. Not merely a matter of commanding the keys and mouthpiece, the…

August 23, 2020 / Album Reviews

VESPER (Hubro) 8/10 Sometimes we listen too fast, so the music seems in slow motion. But music can only unfold at its own speed, and it’s we who must unwind enough to hear it; to be led into a world where chronological times stands still. In this collaboration with the…