Divergence play at Kinetic Jazz

4:oopm, Sunday 27 September At this performance Divergence will be joined by Australian jazz legend Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet) as guest soloist. We will be presenting our own arrangements of some of Bukovsky’s classic 10-part invention tunes alongside Divergence originals including a brand new piece by Jenna Cave. Other charts by: Luke Davis, Brendan Champion, Paul Murchison and Justin Buckingham.

Following Divergence three other bands will be performing. Tickets are valid for the whole evening.

5.30 pm - AustraLYSIS Electroband

7.00 pm - THE POLYMORPHIC ORKESTRA

8.30 pm - THE KINETIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA

 

Kinetic Jazz

Venue: St Luke’s Hall, 11 Stanmore Road Enmore (opposite 7/11)

Tickets: $30/ $25/ $20

Inquiries: 9665 6489, or email kineticenergy@iprimus.com.au

 

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Recent press and international radio play

Leading up to our gig at Canberra's Capital Jazz Project in June Jenna was interviewed about our performance there with Miroslav Bukovsky as our guest in an article in The Canberra Weekly. See a copy here. Our performance at the Capital Jazz Project was reviewed on local blog CanberraJazz.net

We've had some international radio play recently. In April our debut album  The Opening Statement  was featured on Flagler College Radio, in St. Augustine, Florida, alongside a recording of Jenna's String Quartet no. 1. In June we received an email informing us that our album was featured on Chicago's jazz Radio www.WDCB.org

 

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)

 

Divergence album reviewed on 'All About Jazz'

Jack Bowers, resident big band expert who contributes to international jazz blog 'All About Jazz' had some nice things to say when he reviewed our 2013 album  'The Opening Statement' on the site this month. Thanks Jack. Read his thoughts here.

"Divergence Jazz Orchestra is remarkably strong and consistently pleasing... Cave writes with depth and maturity well beyond her years, a virtue not lost on the DJO, which carries out her wishes to the letter."

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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Jenna featured on ABC RN documentary

An interview with Jenna plus recordings of her music have been featured in a documentary feature on ABC Radio National called 'Holding the Tune' by Camilla Hannan. The program examines the creative lives of five female Australian composers. Check out the article and listen to the podcast here.

Divergence concert recording on ABC Jazz

We are excited to announce that on November 6 ABC Jazz will be broadcasting a special recording ABC made of our live perfomance at Foundry 616 in September this year. The live set will be broadcast as part of their Thursday Night Live series in conjunction with Aus Music month. The set will feature tunes by Jenna Cave, Brendan Champion,  Cam McAlister and Rafael Karlen, and will go to air on ABC Jazz (digital and online) at 9pm, Thursday November 6th 2014. For more info check out the ABC Jazz site.

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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ABC rates "The Opening Statement" as a top 2013 jazz release

Mal Stanely, presenter of Jazztrack on ABC Classic FM and ABC Jazz, and Ivan Lloyd presneter of Jazz Notes on ABC Jazz and Radio Australia, have both listed our debut album 'The Opening Statement' in their top pics for 2013. Thanks for the support ABC Jazz. Order your copy of the album here. http://abcjazz.net.au/features/presenter-pics-2013

Album review in The Australian gets 4 stars

In last week's weekend edition of The Australian newspaper jazz writer John McBeath reviewed our new album 'The Opening Statement', rating it four out of five stars. See online version here. "A highly listenable album... Cave has established herself as a top-level composer, arranger and conductor in Australian jazz" - John McBeath

Order your copy of the album here.

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Album of the week- Eastside Radio

Our new album, "The Opening Statement", is being featured this week as 'album of the week' on local radio station Eastside FM. Eastside is Sydney's best station for  jazz, soul, funk, world music, arts and community news. Thanks Eastside for supporting our music.  Eastside's blog post about our album is here. Order your copy of "The Opening Statement" here.

 

The Opening Statement- album of the week on Eastside Radio

Rockdale Laneway Residency

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! DJO Rockdale 2013

ABC Jazz Debut

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.

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Divergence at Wangaratta Jazz

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.

 

 

Divergence Album Out Now

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.

Divergence Jazz Orchestra with Judy Bailey

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 

 

 

 

Score for web series

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 Stalker Chronicles ep 1.