John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

January 9, 2021 / Off The Cuff

Barbara – an Evocation My mother was the most curious person I’ve ever known – and her sense of humour would have enjoyed the ambiguity inherent in that statement. Hers was a curiosity that was infectious, but too uniquely her own to be entirely contagious. Her idea of conversation was…

January 6, 2021 / Concert Reviews

Foundry 616, December 17 8/10 One moment the wave-like, arpeggiated piano melodies are the stuff of dreams – or ambient minimalism, for the more pragmatic. The next moment the rhythm-section gate-crashes the reverie so violently that what’s being played seems not just a different piece, but a different idiom. As…

January 2, 2021 / Theatre Reviews

Belvoir St Theatre, December 10 6/10 Like Miles Franklin’s novel, Kendall Feaver’s play begins with Sybylla Melvyn delighting in telling us that the story we are about to hear is all about herself. Fascinated by trying to figure out her place in the grand scheme, and cursed with a restless…