John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

February 4, 2021 / Concert Reviews

York Theatre, January 20 8/10 On a vast stage a lone soul sits at a grand piano, his back to most of us. This detachment between audience and player could have been a metaphor for the times, but the moment the music began, that detachment dissolved, and this was like…

February 1, 2021 / Theatre Reviews

York Theatre, January 17 8.5/10 Even more than any gift, skill, hard work or experience, the common denominator among the greatest performers is heart. It’s their willingness to dare to be vulnerable enough to give up their inner selves for public consumption, and thereby touch us. When you combine that…

January 30, 2021 / Album Reviews

WE WERE THREE (Just Listen) 9.5/10 You remember the wonder when you opened a pop-up picture book as a child? The sheer magic of each double-page spread springing to life? This album is like that, as first one mystery unfolds, then another. Boulmamine has a gauzy weaves of piano, cello…