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February 8, 2014 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Clarendon Guesthouse, February 1 When the Hebrew word klezmer, meaning musical instruments, came to be applied to musicians as klezmorim, it was a pejorative. Disparaging musicians is a sport that has spread across centuries and continents all the way to contemporary Sydney. Thankfully the eastern European musical idiom that became…

February 3, 2014 / Album Reviews - Archive

September (Cuneiform) The relationship between silence and music is like that between a virgin coastline and the threat of residential development. Just as some buildings blend and others obliterate, some music embraces the silence on which it is painted, and some seeks to expunge all traces. Silence is a relative…

February 2, 2014 / Album Reviews - Archive

No End (ECM)  So you think you have a pretty fair idea of what a new Keith Jarrett album will sound like. Perhaps you assume the only relevant question is whether it is a solo piano or a trio one. What if I told you it is solo, but it…