Author: danielbmmarx

Best Original Score | A 2019 Oscars Opinion

The category for Best Original Score is often left out of the fraught conversation around the Oscars every year, and that’s understandable. The most visible elements of any film up for awards consideration, or any film for that matter, are its performances and its visual style. It is also often the case that those who are paid to write and comment on the Oscars, are not adequately musically literate, or interested enough to devote any significant amount of time to discussing the scores that often help to make these films so emotionally affecting. In the last few years, I’ve...

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The Sphinx Album Roundup | Best of 2018

2018 was a year full to the brim with political outrage, controversy, backlashes and twitter pile-ons, and while we often hear that art reflects life, it isn’t often that so much of a year’s music is as socially and politically outspoken as it was this past year. We here at The Sphinx have put together a list of some of each writer’s personal favourite albums released in 2018, and we did so without really discussing our choices first. What came as something of a surprise was that this theme of social reflection, and political ire, was so prevalent on...

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The Sphinx’s November 2018 Album Roundup

As 2018 begins to draw to a close, album releases are becoming increasingly few and far between, with musicians bracing for the onslaught of holiday music, and clearing the way for Album of the Year lists. Rest assured, however, at the Sphinx we’ve been keeping our eyes on the ball, looking for the best new releases from the November month to share with you. This month’s roundup features two very different projects from ex-members of the hip-hop collective, Odd Future, the latest work from a New York jazz luminary and a lot of gushing over the new The 1975...

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The Best Christmas Music… From a Jewish Perspective

Disclaimer: this isn’t the Jewish perspective on Christmas music, it is the perspective of myself, one particular Jewish person with very niche ideas about music, and slightly less niche ideas about Christmas. That being said, I really hate Christmas. It comes around, seemingly earlier and earlier every year, hoovering up every other cultural artefact in its wake. It’s too cheery, so cheery that it feels forced. Personally, the winter months (all of which have now been consumed by the holiday’s insatiable appetite) have always felt like they ought to be a time for reflection on the year just passed,...

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Phronesis @ Capstone Theatre | Gig Review

The idea of musical soulmates is one that seems silly – it makes no sense that certain musicians were meant to play together because of some kind of cosmic destiny. Following their spellbinding set at the Capstone Theatre last week however, jazz trio, Phronesis make the idea of musical soulmates seem possible, because if any three musicians were meant to play together, it’s these guys. The stage was set in a way that suggested a quiet, serene performance; a light, artificial fog hung in the air and the back of the stage was illuminated by a wall of spaced-out,...

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