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February 25, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Far Flung (Rufus)  Some may jump in the ocean and swim, and others may board an aircraft and fly, but fundamentally we are lumbering land-based creatures. That is why art that allows us, even for a moment, to be other than we are is invaluable.  The music of Sydney’s Alister…

February 23, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

La Sublime Porte  (Alia Vox/Fuse)  Reviewed March, 2012. Apparently our children think yoghurt grows on trees, so they are probably some distance from knowing that the product originally came from Turkey. The systematic debasement of Muslim culture – of the non-yoghurt variety – from within by extremists and without by…

February 22, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Opera Theatre, May 27, 2012  If butterflies could make music it would sound like this. It would have these moments of daintiness and explosions of riotous colour. Brooding thoughts would be underpinned by such fluttering beauty or sheer charm.  Shara Worden arrived clutching so large a bunch of helium-filled balloons…