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Album Launch 'Fake it Until You Make It' - October 14

Divergence Jazz Orchestra launch their new CD - Fake it Until You Make ItFriday 14 October, 8:30pm Foundry 616 - 616 Harris St, Ultimo tix $25/$15 concession - tickets on sale now

What remains to be said about Divergence is that it enjoys an obvious advantage over most other contemporary jazz groups: like its very name it diverges from the crowd, it has its own rules and doesn’t follow trends. And so what we have is a group of young, fresh and exuberant composers and musicians who have joined forces to create their own exciting take on the world of jazz. When you hear this album you will be assured that jazz orchestras are alive and well, and as ‘happening’ as ever.     - Samuel Cottell

Album available for purchase now

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featuring:

CONDUCTOR - Jenna Cave/TROMBONES - Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director) Tim Coggins, Rose Foster, Luke Davis (bass)/TRUMPETS and FLUGELHORNS - Paul Murchison, James Power, Will Endicott, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert/SAXOPHONES and WOODWINDS - Loretta Palmeiro (alto, soprano, flute, clarinet), Melissa Mony (alto, flute), Dave Reglar (tenor, alto), Louis Klaassen (tenor), Tim Clarkson (baritone, flute, clarinet)/RHYTHM - Yutaro Okuda (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)

The Divergence Jazz Orchestra is made up of nineteen of Sydney’s most accomplished young musicians led by Jenna Cave (conductor/composer) and Paul Weber (trombone). Their sound brings the spirit and tradition of improvised jazz music to the 21st century big band; where captivating grooves, memorable melodies and expressive orchestrations are executed with outstanding musicianship and soul with rhythm as its cornerstone.  Following a highly acclaimed debut album release in 2013, the Orchestra now releases 'Fake It Until You Make It' - a brand new CD, featuring original music composed by Jenna Cave, Brendan Champion, Luke Davis, Paul Murchison and Miroslav Bukovsky - performed by some of Sydney‘s most versatile young jazz musicians.

A jazz orchestra typically consists of four trumpets, four saxophones, four trombones and a rhythm section that includes piano, guitar, bass and drums. It is a cohesive musical group that provides a big, powerful sound. Itis also a framework that allows  the key ingredients of jazz to unfold.  This particular jazz orchestra, Divergence, was formed in 2011 by composer Jenna Cave and trombonist Paul Weber, their goal being to perform newmusic by jazz composers. The orchestra was set up to be a community that provided a space where composers and musicians could come together, explore ideas and make music.

Jenna Cave describes a jazz orchestra as 'a powerful, fun, exciting, emotional and awesome thing'. The evolution of the jazz orchestra has made it a more cohesive orchestral pallet of colours and sound, giving composers of the style much more scope within the framework. 'I think [the jazz orchestra] can be anything today. In the days of the big band/swing era, big bands obviously played mostly in one style, swing, but these days people use a jazz orchestra as an instrumentation rather than a group which must play in pre-prescribed style, ’ Cave says.

Each tune on this album contains that zest, energy and buzz that are at the core of Divergence Jazz Orchestra’s principles and affinity for groove that accentuates the validity and freshness of a jazz orchestra in today’s musical landscape. All of the compositions on this release show originality, and the mix of sound worlds vary from swing to New Orleans to gospel ballads featuring luscious harmonies, exciting writing and all of the features that make for a top-notch jazz album.

Divergence Perform Downstairs @ The Music Place

When: Thursday 9 June 2016, 8:00pm Where: 179 Parramatta Rd, Annandale (entry on Young st)

Tickets: $10 on the door, (BYO drinks)

Fresh from the recording studio, Divergence Jazz Orchestra will perform new material from their upcoming album release. The performance will include the premiere of new pieces by Jenna Cave and Brendan Champion, as well as music by Luke Davis, Miroslav Bukovsky and Paul Murchison.

CONDUCTOR AND COMPOSER – Jenna Cave

TROMBONES – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Tim Coggins, Rose Foster, Luke Davis (bass)

TRUMPETS AND FLUGELHORNS- Paul Murchison, Rob Campbell, Will Endicott, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert

SAXOPHONES AND WOODWINDS- Justin Buckingham (lead alto, flute), Loretta Palmeiro (alto, soprano, clarinet, flute), Dave Reglar (tenor,alto), Louis Klaasen (tenor), Tim Clarkson (baritone, clarinet)

RHYTHM- Luke Liang (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)

 

Divergence (Jenna Cave - conductor and composer; Paul Weber - co-musical director, lead trombone; Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis - (bass) trombones; Rob Campbell, Will Endicott, Will Gilbert, Paul Meo, Paul Murchison - trumpets and flugelhorns; Justin Buckingham - Lead Alto, Soprano, Flute; Loretta Palmiero - alto, clarinet; Evan Harris - tenor, soprano, flute; Louis Klassen - tenor; Tim Clarkson - baritone, clarinet saxophones and woodwinds; Luke Liang - Guitar; Andrew Scott - piano; David Groves - bass; James McCaffrey - drums; Miroslav Bukovsky - trumpet guest soloist) at the 2015 Capital Jazz Project held at the Street Theatre -- Civic, Canberra, ACT

Divergence JO Album 2 - Crowd funding campaign

We are now four years old as a band and It’s been three years since we’ve recorded our first album. A lot has changed in that time and we have developed our sound as an ensemble. Through our work developing and performing new Australian music we’ve accumulated a large collection of music which is yet to be recorded. After the success of our first album The Opening Statement in 2013 we have launched a new crowd funding campaign to raise the funds to record and produce our second album in 2016! This will include some favourite pieces from band members including Jenna Cave (5 pieces), Brendan Champion (2 pieces), Luke Davis, and tunes from other Australian composers such as Miroslav Bukovsky. These tracks will include a wide variety of influences and styles, from contemporary jazz, New Orleans 2nd line, gospel ballads through to pop and groove; pushing the envelope of large ensemble jazz while staying rooted in rhythm. We also want to feature some of our great soloists including Will Gilbert (Trumpet), Tim Coggins (Trombone), David Reglar (Tenor Saxophone), and Andrew Scott (Piano) amongst others!

Our friends can pledge to pre-purchase the new album or be thanked with a range of other rewards.

See more/pledge on our pozible page.

 

Divergence at Foundry 616 - March 16

8:30pm, Wednesday March 16 2016 Foundry 616, 616 Harris St Ultimo

Book Tickets online or $20/15 at the door

Under Cave’s direction, the DJO brings the spirit and tradition of improvised jazz music to the 21st century big band. Captivating grooves, memorable melodies and expressive orchestrations are executed with outstanding musicianship and soul with rhythm as its cornerstone.

At this performance at Foundry616 Divergence will present a show of toe tapping and evocative music, from New Orleans second-line, contemporary jazz, flamenco, pop epics to gospel ballads.

CONDUCTOR AND COMPOSER – Jenna Cave

TROMBONES – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis (bass)

TRUMPETS AND FLUGELHORNS- Paul Murchison, Rob Campbell, Will Endicot, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert

SAXOPHONES AND WOODWINDS- Justin Buckingham (lead alto, soprano, flute), Loretta Palmiero (alto, soprano, clarinet), Dave Reglar (tenor,alto), Louis Klassen (tenor), Tim Clarkson (baritone, clarinet) RHYTHM- Luke Liang (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums

Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival

Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival

Sunday 8th Nov, 7:30pm. Foundry616, Ultimo

With Jenna Cave at the helm, Divergence Jazz Orchestra are performing at the 4th annual Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival, an outstanding showcase of Australian and International female jazz talent. In the final instalment in our 2015 collaboration with Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet), we will feature him as a guest soloist on a set of his music arranged by the band. Other works by Jenna Cave, Jessica Wells and Brendan Champion. Tickets are selling fast, book now to avoid disappointment.

 

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Conductor and composer – Jenna Cave

Guest soloist and composer : Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet) Trombones – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Ellie Shearer, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis (bass). Trumpets and flugelhorns – Rob Campbell, Paul Murchison, Will Endicott, Will Gilbert, Paul Meo Saxophones and Woodwinds – Justin Buckingham (lead alto, flute), Mel Mony (alto, soprano, clarinet), Dave Reglar (tenor), Louis Klassen (tenor), Phillippa Murphy-Haste (baritone) Rhythm – Yutaro Okuda (guitar), Nick Southcott (piano), Hannah James (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)

 

 

Divergence @ Capital Jazz Project Canberra

Divergence Jazz Orchestra are thrilled to announce that we will be performing at this year's Capital Jazz Project in Canberra. The Capital Jazz Project features a diverse range of international, national and ACT-based artists. The 2015 line-up includes: virtuoso piano-bandolim duo of Stefano and Hamilton (Italy/Brazil), jazz-rock icons The Bad Plus (USA), Grammy-award winning saxophonist Joe Lovano with Paul Grabowsky (USA/AUS), sublime vocals of Katie Noonan and Elixer (AUS), hard bop combo Hammerhead (AUS), master drummer Eric Harland (USA) and big band Divergence Jazz Orchestra(AUS) (that's us!).

This performance will feature music by Jenna Cave, who grew up in Canberra, with a guest appearance by her former composition teacher, Canberra-based Australian Jazz legend Miroslav Bukovsky.

When: Monday 08 June 2015 4pm
Where: The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra
Tickets: $25  book here

 

CONDUCTOR AND COMPOSER Jenna Cave

TROMBONES Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead) Brendan Champion Tim Coggins Luke Davis(bass)

TRUMPETS AND FLUGELHORNS

Paul Murchison Rob Campbell Paul Meo Will Gilbert Will Endicott Miroslav Bukovsky (guest soloist)

SAXOPHONES AND WOODWINDS Justin Buckingham (lead alto, soprano, flute) Loretta Palmiero(alto, clarinet) Evan Harris (tenor, soprano, flute) Louis Klassen (tenor) Tim Clarkson (baritone/clarinet)

RHYTHM Luke Liang (guitar) Andrew Scott (piano) David Groves (bass) James McCaffrey (drums)

 

Boho present Divergence @ Lamps April 15

Bohemian Grove will present Divergence Jazz Orchestra in the intimate artist-run space Lamps at 401 Hibernian House on April 15. This show will include original compositions incorporating grooves from New Orleans, Mali, R & B and pop records with a throw back to your favorite old Westerns added to the mix.  Enjoy hump day with the sweet tunes of a live big band at your feet while you relax and sip on BYO beverages. When: 7:30pm, Wednesday April 15 2015

Where: Lamps is at 401 Hibernian House, 342 Elizabeth St Surry Hills

Entry by $10 donation on the door

CONDUCTOR AND COMPOSER – Jenna Cave; TROMBONES – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis(bass); TRUMPETS AND FLUGELHORNS- Dane Laboyrie (lead), Paul Murchison, Luke Stephens, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert; SAXOPHONES AND WOODWINDS- Justin Buckingham (lead alto, soprano, flute), Sam Gill (alto, clarinet), Evan Harris (tenor, soprano, flute), Louis Klassen (tenor), Tim Clarkson (baritone/clarinet); RHYTHM- Luke Liang (guitar), Wilbur Whitta (piano), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums);

 

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Divergence @ Foundry 616, Feb 4

Where: Foundry 616, 616 Harris St Ultimo When: 8:30pm Wednesday February 4th 2015

Wash away the back to school blues by joining Divergence Jazz Orchestra with a fun night of original Australian big band music at Foundry616 on Wednesday February 4 2015. Hear some home-grown music in a variety of styles spanning from swing, bebop, fusion, flamenco, west African and contemporary jazz, performed by 19 of Sydney’s most sought after creative musicians with Jenna Cave and Paul Weber at the helm. This performance will feature music by Jenna Cave, Bill Motzing, Rafael Karlen, Jessica Wells, Cam McAllister and Justin Buckingham.

Conductor/resident composer: Jenna Cave;

Trombones:Paul Weber (lead/band leader), Brendan Champion, Ellie Shearer, Luke Davis (bass)

Trumpets: Dane Laboyrie (lead), Matt Collins, Luke Stephens,Paul Meo, Will Gilbert

Saxes: Justin Buckingham, Josh Willard, Evan Harris, Louis Klaasen, Tim Clarkson

Rhythm: Luke Liang (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), Dave Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)

 

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Divergence Jazz Orchestra feature the music of Rafael Karlen (Brisbane)

At this upcoming performance on September 17th, Divergence Jazz Orchestra will be presenting music by award-winning composer and saxophonist Rafael Karlen (Brisbane), alongside some new works by band members. Rafael will be joining Divergence off the back of his recent album launch and commissioned composition premiere at the 2014 Brisbane International Jazz Festival.  “Divergence Jazz Orchestra is one of Australia’s keepers of the big band flame…An astonishing array of Australia’s best and brightest” - John Hardaker, AustralianJazz.net

Wednesday September 17, 8:30pm. Foundry 616, 616 Harris St Ultimo

$20/15 on the door or  book tickets

CONDUCTOR AND COMPOSER – Jenna Cave; TROMBONES – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis(bass); TRUMPETS AND FLUGELHORNS- Matthew Collins (lead), Paul Murchison, Luke Stephens, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert; SAXOPHONES AND WOODWINDS- Justin Buckingham (lead alto, soprano, flute), Joshua Willard (alto, clarinet), Evan Harris (tenor, soprano, flute), Louis Klassen (tenor),Scott Kelly (baritone); RHYTHM- Luke Liang (guitar), Luke Sweeting (piano), David Groves (bass), Mike Quigley (drums); Rafael Karlen (Guest soloist -tenor sax)

 

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Divergence Jazz Orchestra in concert supported by SIMA

Divergence Jazz Orchestra will be presenting an exciting program of new Australian music in partnership with the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) at the Sound Lounge on April 10. The performance will see the world premiere of new compositions by Cam McAllister, Rafael Karlen and Jenna Cave; and other new music by Elliot Hughes, Bill Motzing and Paul Murchison. The first concert in SIMA’s Jazz Orchestra Lounge series, the concert will traverse the borders of big band music with minimalism, jazz-rock fusion, collective improvisation and poly-rhythmic grooves. When: 8:30pm, Thursday April 10 2014

Where: Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, City Rd Chippendale

Tickets: $20/15/10 available here

Under 18s/kids  welcome with adult supervision

More about Divergence here

Official Album Launch @ Foundry 616

Wednesday February 12, 8:30pmFoundry 616, Ultimo

Door Tickets: $15/25 Tix with album and gig poster: $30/40

 

This special concert will mark the the official launch of our debut album The Opening Statement. Since its release in late 2013 the album has received critical acclaim; listed twice in the ABC Jazz  presenter picks of 2013, featured as album of the week on Eastside Radio and reviewed with four stars in The Australian. 

Venue information Ticket bookings 

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Divergence@ Jazzgroove in May

The Divergence Jazz Orchestra are excited to announce that we will be performing at the Jazzgroove Associations' new venue at 107 Projects fresh from our album recording at Trackdown Studios. The Jazzgroove Association have been supporting and promoting Australian Jazz  (with a focus on emerging artists) for 15 years with weekly concerts, jams, a summer jazz festival and their own record label. We are thrilled to be included on their weekly concert bill in May.

Tuesday May 14 2013, 9:30pm. 107 Redfern Street, Redfern NSW. $15/8

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BAND LAUNCH- Divergence Jazz Orchestra

 

 

 

 

The Divergence Jazz Orchestra (previously the Lines of Flight Jazz Orchestra) will have its debut performance on the 29th of July 2012.

At our Band Launch we will perform 8 of my pieces dating back to 2006, many of which have been re-written for the new band. We will also perform music by local composers Cameron Earl and Nadia Burgess.

Performers: Jenna Cave (composer/bandleader), Paul Weber (trombone/bandleader); Dane Laboyrie, Rob Campbell, Matt Collins, Will Gilbert, Paul Meo (trumpets); Justin Buckingham, Josh Willard, Louis Klaassen, Evan Atwell-Harris, Chris O’Dea (saxes); Mike Raper, Tim Coggins, Mitch Nissen (trombones); Peter Koopman (guitar); Dave Groves (bass); James McCaffrey (drums).

$10/15 prebook at www.gobookem.com from June 29

 The Wall, Bald Faced Stag Hotel- 343 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt

Sunday July 29, Music starts at 7pm

 

Black Buster at Sydney Film Festival

Last month I finished working on my first professional film composing job, writing the score and featured music for a short comedy/musical called Black Buster. The film was directed by Sio Tusa, produced by Andrew Arbuthnot and was funded by the ABC, Screen QLD and Screen Australia's Indigenous Branch. Black Buster will be premiered at the Sydney Film Festival next month, and will be broadcast on ABC TV at a later date.

I had a great time working on this. The budget allowed for a studio recording with a six piece band (all members of the Divergence Jazz Orchesrta) and I learnt a heap working with engineer Geir Brillian Gunnarsson. I wrote a variety of music including a swinging song-and-dance number, some kinky funk, Kungfu fighting music and some ska and rock tunes for source music.

See the film's featured song here: Never Noticed You Before (Blackbuster)

For more updates feel free to follow the Blackbuster facebook page.

Welcome

Welcome to my new website!

Thank you to Ashley Marsh-Croft for the set-up and design.

2011 has been a very busy year for me full of new projects and ventures. To name a few: I was commissioned to compose three new works by the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra as the 2011 composer-in-residence, and they performed 5 of my works at the Ellington Jazz Club in Perth. I undertook a Grad Certificate in Screen Music at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and  composed and recorded the music for two AFTRS  film productions. I am now a represented composer with the Australian Music Centre who are publishing my sheet music, and my string quartet was shortlisted for workshop and performance at the Australian String Quartet's National Composer's Forum.

2012 should be an equally exciting year- to start it off I will be working on my first short film as a commissioned composer, and I am finally getting my act together and will be putting together a big band (with trombonist Paul Weber) to perform my large ensemble jazz compositions around Sydney.

Stay tuned!