John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

June 2, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

The Remembering & Forgetting Of The Air (birdland.com.au) In a world of stress, friction, worry and the relentless buzz of necessity Jonathan Zwartz creates music akin to the release of a long sigh; music that inclines us to let the sounds wash over us. Not that this follow-up to The…

June 1, 2013 / Features - Archive

Arabic music in a Jewish temple? Depending on your perspective it could be post-modernism run amok or the dawn of a new Age of Aquarius. Perhaps we should qualify “Arabic”, as the music in question layers jazz into the Andalousian classical music of north Africa, and the latter, itself, is…

June 1, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

VJs, May 30 The last time Ernie Watts was in town (with Charlie Haden’s Quartet West) his tenor saxophone was testing the quality of the paint-job on the Concert Hall’s ceiling. This time it was filling the much more intimate VJs, so the reverberation was less, but the underlying power…