John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

June 10, 2024 / Theatre Reviews

Belvoir St Theatre, May 29 6.5/10 Do we let hate go, or cling to it, and let it define us? Wars breed resentments that last for decades. Those spawned by occupations last for generations, and are renewed by each fresh atrocity and its reciprocation, as we witness in Palestine/Israel. Most…

June 4, 2024 / Theatre Reviews

Hayes Theatre, May 28 9/10 Imagine watching a musical through a kaleidoscope, while the music splinters between genres. Imagine one that touches upon high art and popular culture like a butterfly flitting between flowers. (What other musical references both ABBA and Jean Genet?) Above all, imagine a musical that does…

June 1, 2024 / Album Reviews

Francesca (Intakt) 8/10 The sound is as lush as ever, spilling from the speakers to fill every corner of the room. In fact it’s odd that David Murray’s reputation was primarily as a tearaway in the heady 1970s, because he was already an unreformed romantic. You could hear that not…