John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

October 17, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

La Notte (ECM) It almost beggars belief that this dark, brooding album was recorded live. Ketil Bjornstad’s ambitious music is realised with such panache and precision – and the project was recorded with such stunning three-dimensional stereo imaging and clarity – as to make it seem studio-honed and rigorously edited.…

October 17, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Sound Lounge, October 11 The proportion of female musicians active outside of classical music remains lamentably small, and the number of drummers minuscule. But the emergence of Jodie Michael on Sydney’s jazz scene is even more notable because she is a drummer with an uncommonly fluid rhythmic sense. Michael is…

October 17, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Slide, October 10 A girl from Brisbane follows her dream to all the way to Paris, and becomes a principal dancer at firstly the Moulin Rouge and then the Lido. The dream lasts for 13 years. Shay Stafford’s story is too good not to tell, and there’s a show here,…