John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

March 10, 2021 / Concert Reviews

Mary’s Underground, February 28 8/10 In another bid to reach beyond the musical horizon, Matt Keegan composed Vienna Dreaming as a tribute to his great grandfather, Heini Portnoj, an Austrian Jew forced to abandon his musical career in Vienna to escape the rising tide of Nazism. Three years after releasing…

March 8, 2021 / Theatre Reviews

The Wharf, February 26 8/10 It has to permeate the words, the voices and the very air. If it does, the magic will permeate us, too. More than the lovable characters, gripping story-telling and the sense of place so profound that you can smell it, Ruth Park’s 1980 novel for…

March 6, 2021 / Album Reviews

DELHI TO DAMASCUS (In a Circle) 9/10 Cellist Yo-Yo Ma calls tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das “a creator myths”, and this album offers eight more such myths. Das’s guru told him that to become a great tabla player he firstly had to make his hands like swords, then like streams and…