John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

January 22, 2014 / Features - Archive

A handful get to bask in adulation. Mike Nock recommends basking in anything you can get, as opportunities are rare. He is happy to settle for a little acclaim, and few acclamations offer better basking rights than the Don Banks Award, Australia’s premier annual acknowledgment of a lifetime contribution to…

January 22, 2014 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Lennox Theatre, January 19 Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro is to tango what Nigel Kennedy is to classical music. The 13 members dress in jeans or shorts, tee-shirts or singlets, and sport assorted shades, dreadlocks or baseball caps. Their leader and double bassist, Yuri Venturín, has an amplifier and speakers to…

January 21, 2014 / Concert Reviews - Archive

State Theatre, January 18  Perhaps it’s the absence of gravity, but exploring outer space via the music of Sun Ra for 57 years has made Marshall Allen the youngest 89-year-old man I’ve seen. Each time he detonated the incendiary device known as his alto saxophone the State Theatre’s glorious ceiling…