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Sydney Morning Herald Review: CATHEXIS

  • 18 December 2013
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See article in its original context here by Clive O’Connell for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Reviewer rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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In near darkness, the combined membership – flute Lina Andonovska, trumpet Callum G’Froerer, percussion Matthias Schack-Arnott, keyboard Peter de Jager – played Stephen Feigenbaum’s barely audible Angel, a series of monochromatic whispers that move into recognisable form only to die out.

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