John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

March 19, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Piazzolla! (Jazz Village)  Those who heard France’s Orchestre National de Jazz playing Robert Wyatt’s music during the Sydney Festival will remember the fine detail and exotic sonorities illuminating their best arrangements. Here Daniel Yvinec’s band turns its attention to Astor Piazzolla’s tango nuevo masterpieces. This time Gil Goldstein has penned…

March 14, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Lennox Theatre, Riverside, March 14, 2013 What a broad church the World Shakespeare Festival that surrounded last year’s London Olympic Games must have been. This two-hand production of Two Gentlemen of Verona by the British-based Two Gents Productions was part of it, with its elements of circus, vaudeville, pantomime, mime…

March 12, 2013 / Features - Archive

A party in the Balkans is unimaginable without two things: brass instruments and alcohol. Goran Bregovic may appear to have much the same needs. Despite the astonishing breadth of music that he composes (for performance and film) a brass band is never far away, and nor, if his unforgettable 2008…