Commencing this Thursday the 5th of December we are beginning a three week residency playing in the laneways of the Rockdale town centre in southern Sydney. The performances are the beginnings of things to come as part of the Rockdale council's long term plan to bring cultural life to their laneways. Should be fun!
On this week's episode of 'Jazz Notes' Divergence Jazz Orchestra made their ABC Jazz debut as Ivan Lloyd presented their brand new album The Opening Statement to national listeners of the digital network as well as international listeners on Radio Australia. What a thrill! Ivan had great things to say, so have a listen to the episode online here.
"Apart from superb playing and compositions, it's a technical showcase as well, it's a beautiful recording...You must get it"
Order your copy of the album here.
Divergence are really excited to be performing an outdoor set at Australia's best jazz festival, The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, held in country Victoria. This is their first jazz festival performance, as a well as their first date outside of Sydney. The band is looking forward to playing as well as checking out some great international acts and camping as a group!
They will be performing on Sunday the 3rd of November at 2:30pm at the WAW stage- which is a free event.
For more information about the festival please visit the festival website.
We are very pleased to announce the release of Divergence Jazz Orchestra's long awaited debut album The Opening Statement. “Four stars...A highly listenable album… Cave has established herself as a top-level composer, arranger and conductor in Australian jazz” – John McBeath, The Australian
Independently produced and funded, The Opening Statement is a showcase of the music of bandleader Jenna Cave. The collection of selected works, composed between 2006 to 2013, were rewritten for Divergence Jazz Orchestra in collaboration with Paul Weber, and collectively developed for performance by the ensemble. At the time of recording the group was made up of 18 of Sydney’s most committed young jazz musicians, aged 19 to 34, who shared a special interest in performing original large ensemble music.
Composer and Conductor: Jenna Cave; Trombones: Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Mitchell Nissen (bass); Trumpets and Flugelhorns: Dane Laboyrie (lead), Matthew Collins, Luke Stephens, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert; Saxophones and Woodwinds: Justin Buckingham (lead alto, soprano, flute), Joshua Willard (alto, clarinet), Evan Harris (tenor, flute), Michael Avgenicos (tenor),Chris O’Dea (baritone); Rhythm Section: Luke Liang (guitar), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)
Produced by: Jenna Cave, Paul Weber, Jessica Wells and Guy Gross; Recorded by: Daniel Brown at Trackdown studios 20-21 April 2013; Mixed by: Christo Curtis at Utopia Audio, May & June 2013; Artwork and Design: Dean Ivamy; Photography: Aaron Blakey
Production of this album would not have been possible without the generous financial support of the 125 friends and followers who contributed to our crowd funding campaign. Special mentions to Verona Burgess, Deirdre O’Brien, Felicity Miller, and Dave Lisik for their contributions.
7:30pm, Thursday July 25 2013 at the Sound Lounge (Seymour Centre) In this special concert supported by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Divergence Jazz Orchestra will be presenting a contrasting set of exciting new Australian music with special guest jazz legend Judy Bailey. Bailey will join Divergence on piano while debuting her work Contrasts, composed especially for this concert. The performance will also premiere new pieces Flamenco Dreams by Jessica Wells, known for her work as a film composer and orchestrator; Circles in Life, a minimalist inspired work by PhD composition candidate Nadia Burgess; and Twerking it Nyabs Style; a raucous New Orleans brass band-inspired tune from band leader Jenna Cave. Recent works by Steve Newcomb, Rafael Karlen, Bill Motzing and Cave will also be performed.
Formed in 2012, the Divergence Jazz Orchestra is made up of some of Sydney’s most talented young jazz musicians, with highlight performances at the Jazzgroove Association, Bohemian Grove and the 2013 Autumn Vibes festival. Their music, by Jenna Cave and other Australian composers, is adventurous and captivating, drawing influence from many idioms including contemporary jazz, West African music, minimalism, swing, hip hop and New Orleans grooves.
Performers: Jenna Cave (composer/conductor), Paul Weber (trombone/co-leader); Dane Laboyrie, Matt Collins, Luke Stephens, Will Gilbert, Paul Murchison (trumpets); Justin Buckingham, Josh Willard, Evan Harris, Louis Klassen, Chris O’Dea (saxes); Brendan Champion, Ellie Shearer, Mitch Nissen (trombones); Luke Liang (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), Dave Groves (bass), James McCaffrey(drums).
Tickets: $15/20 , book here
At the end of 2012 composed and produced (in her home studio) a score for the first episode of a web series called the Stalker Chronicles. Working with actor/producer Gemma Kaye and director/editor Jodin Meyer I had a lot of fun experimenting with the use of music in comedy. At the time I was watching a lot of Arrested Development for inspiration. This zero budget independent production is in the development stage, so we are looking for audience reaction and feedback to see where this character and her story could go.
It was posted on youtube today. Check it out!
- Jenna Cave
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
After conducting a successful crowd funding campaign in late 2012 on pozible: www.pozible.com/divergence, The Divergence Jazz Orchestra have raised over $6000 with the help of 125 supporters to head into the studio in April 2013 to record our first album. This is a really exciting project, and we will be a recording a selection of Jenna's best compositions for jazz orchestra dating back to 2006. In our first concert for 2013 we will return to Sydney's Bohemian Grove on February 17 with some new tunes to share. The performance will be the premiere of two new pieces from band members Brendan Champion and Jenna Cave, while showcasing other music by Rafael Karlen (Brisbane), Elliot Hughes (Melbourne) and Jenna Cave . Expect and night of captivating new Australian music performed with high energy and precision by some of Sydney's best young section players and soloists. 7 for 7:30 start, $10 entry. For venue location email email@example.com.
We will be performing a 45 minute set at the Autumn Vibes at the Sydney Botanical Gardens on March 10th, from 11:30. This will be a great exposure for the band, as the event will be well publicised and the gardens usually get thousands of visitors through on their annual open day.
We are also very excited to announce that we are the recipients of a Contemporary Music Performance grant from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The grant will be used to assist with costs involved with concert production and promotion, for a performance to be held later in 2013. The concert will feature special guest, Australian jazz legend Judy Bailey, who is composing a new work for Divergence.
Looking forward to an exciting year of music!
Hear below a live recording from out gig at Bohemian Grove in August 2012.
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The Divergence Jazz Orchestra are raising the funds to get into the studio in early 2013 to record the best of my big band charts to date. By pre-ordering our album you can help us get there!
There are also a range of other incentives for our supporters.
Check out the campaign here: www.pozible.com/divergence
Come and see what the new generation in Australian jazz has to offer. The Divergence Jazz Orchestra returns to “the Wall” at the Bald Faced Stag on November 11 for another exciting concert of all-Australian jazz. They will debut music by Steve Newcomb (Brisbane/NY), Elliot Hughes (Melbourne) and Bill Motzing (Sydney), alongside pieces by Jenna Cave.
Divergence was formed in early 2012 by Paul Weber and Jenna Cave to perform repertoire by Cave and other Australian composers. With an average age of just 23 years, Divergence is made up of 18 of Sydney’s most talented young jazz musicians. Together they’ve been impressing audiences with their high energy super-tight ensemble playing and an infectious sense of groove.
At the age of 28 Jenna Cave’s music has been commissioned and performed around Australia by The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (as the 2011 composer in residence), the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival, the Bennett’s Lane Big Band, the Sirens Big Band and the Sydney Con Big Band amongst others. She has composed music for film and TV productions funded by the ABC, Screen Australia and SBS, and has been the recipient of various awards, prizes and scholarships for her composing work and studies.
Paul Weber is a jazz trombone graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2011). A committed section player, Weber payed his dues as lead trombone in the Sydney Con Big Band (2007-2011), Judy Bailey’s Jazz Connection (2007 to present), and the Sussudio Big Band (2003-2008). A recipient of the prestigious Big Brother Memorium scholarship, Weber travelled to the UK in 2011 to study with Jiggs Whigham, Gordon Campbell and Mark Nightingale; as well as sitting in on rehearsals and a recording session of the BBC Big Band.
WE ARE: 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); Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Mitch Nissen (trombones); Luke Liang (guitar); Dave Groves (bass); James McCaffrey(drums).
7:00 pm, Sunday 11th of November.
The Wall, Bald Faced Stag Hotel, 343 Parramatta Rd Leichhardt. $10/15
Book tickets: www.gobookem.com. Tickets also available at the door.
This digital release is an EP version of Take it in Colour which was released on CD in 2006. The new EP version features three compositions by Jenna Cave (composed at the age of 21) and three works by Sally Greenaway from the original album on its 6 year anniversary. Take it in Colour was a collaborative project spearheaded by Sally Greenaway in 2005, who at the time was a jazz piano student at the Australian National University. Funded by grants from the ANU Fine Arts Student Association and the Friends of the ANU School of Music, the album was comprised of jazz compositions by Sally Greenaway, Jenna Cave, Fionna Tamin and Phoebe Juskevics. It featured performances by 24 then jazz students of the ANU School of Music (including stand out performances by Michael Azzopardi and Niels Rosendahl) and was beautifully recorded and mixed by Niven Stines.
Download individual tracks, the new 6-track EP version or order the physical CD here: Take it in Colour Band Camp Page
"I found this album fascinating in its diversity and accomplishment but also just plain entertaining."- CanberraJazz.net, 2006
We will be following up our band launch by presenting the same set at Bohemian Grove in Surry Hills on Sunday the 26th of August 2012, 7:00pm, $10.As this is an underground venue please email firstname.lastname@example.org for venue location.
Please check us out on youtube: Divergence Perform "Jazz Euphoria on Frenchmen Street" at the Band Launch
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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
I'm currently working as an arranger and composer for an SBS pilot, the Very Trevor Ashley Show. The comedy pilot is being produced by Hatch Entertainment, with Miriam Stein as producer and Erin White directing.
News to follow!
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.
Last week I was offered a Women in Film and Television/APRA mentorship award for screen composers. Film and television composer Guy Gross, based at Trackdown Studios, had kindly offered to take me under his wing and mentor me this year. He will be assisting me in my work and in getting more experience and knowledge of working as a composer in the industry.
I'm looking forward to working with Guy!
Paul Weber and I have been busy getting charts and personnel ready for the first rehearsal of our new band, the Divergence Jazz Orchestra (previously known as the Lines of Flight). The band will be playing all of my music, and we have some really great young players from the Sydney jazz scene on board.
There are a few other bands around Australia who are playing my charts at the moment.
The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra will include two of my charts commissioned by WAYJO in 2011 in their next gig-
Monday February 27, 8-11pm
The Apartment, 401 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
A new band starting in Newcastle the Wednesday Night Big Band will feature four of my charts at their premiere gig.
Wednesday 19th of April, 8-10pm
Lizzotte's, 31 Morehead St, Lambton, Newcastle
I am currently working on my first commission for a short film. The film is a comedy musical, which means I get to write featured songs as well as the score. It's a great little film and I've had lots of fun working on the project so far. It is being developed and funded by Screen Australia's Indigenous Branch.
As I am a represented composer with the Australian Music Centre, they have now published selection of my sheet music which available for purchase or loan (members only). Some of my recordings are also available as MP3 downloads through the AMC.
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.