John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

December 10, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

La Noche Mas Larga (Warners) Buika’s voice is so smoky you seem to hear it through a haze. Even on this superbly-produced album she seems somehow at one remove, while the piano sparks in the foreground, and the bass and percussion thrum and buzz. Then she reaches out with that…

December 5, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Django Bar, December 1 The symbolism was as gentle as it was charming. In using bones as puppets Matija Solce was restoring flesh to them, and perhaps giving them a glimpse of reincarnation. The bones were real and apparently mostly cow-derived (skeletal forensic science not being my strong suit). The…

December 3, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Clarendon Guesthouse, November 30 Check each egg before you eat it. Mikelangelo told us he was hatched from one (an indeterminate time after a frenzied splicing of his parents), and dipping your spoon into something similar would be a disturbing way to start your day. It was alarming enough entertaining…