John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

January 25, 2021 / Concert Reviews

York Theatre, January 13 8.5/10 Disruption! The title – already sounding like an explosive triplet – refers to the fire, plague, despots, social upheaval and climate change buffeting 2020, but it could also refer to the drums’ disruptive power, musically. What other instrument boasts such dynamic range and rhythmic impetus,…

January 24, 2021 / Features

When she’d heard the high drama of Korea’s traditional drumming as a child, Chloe Kim was busy learning classical piano and violin, and found this other music more a curiosity than a fascination. Even when at 12 she began teaching herself to play drum-kit, the connection to traditional drumming seemed…

January 23, 2021 / Theatre Reviews

Lennox Theatre, January 9 6.5/10 James Elazzi is torn. He’s keen to share the merry absurdities he finds in Australian-Lebanese culture, and equally keen that we care about his characters and their challenges. The two are far from irreconcilable, of course, but he is still acquiring the expertise required to…