WA Youth Jazz Orchestra have two concerts coming up in Perth 2nd and 3rd of March 2018 celebrating the great female jazz composers such as Carla Bley, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Maria Schneider and Satoko Fuji. They will also include in the program which four of my pieces (two which they commissioned in 2011). Thrilled to be included amongst such company!
Keyna Wilkins - flute
Jenna Cave - alto sax and voice
For This Moment is a new collaboration between two Sydney composers and creative musicians, Jenna Cave and Keyna Wilkins. Limited only by their chosen instruments and their imaginations, this music explores the ways in which two independent melodic lines can meet in free improvisation to create a meaningful and cohesive compositional whole.
On Thursday August 6th 2017, 8:15pm they have their debut performance, at an underground performance space in Sydney's Inner West. They will be supporting other groups Metanoia and The Coconut Kids. Email for venue details.
Divergence Jazz Orchestra are thrilled to announce that we will continue our collaborations with acclaimed trumpeter and composer Miroslav Bukovsky in 2017 with a performance in the upcoming SIMA SUMMER JAZZ concert series. We are honoured to be included in a program of such luminaries on the cutting edge of contemporary jazz and improvised music in Australia.
With Bukovsky as a our guest soloist, we will perform some exciting new material co-written by Bukovsky and Jenna Cave, new works by Andrew Scott and Paul Cutlan, and a selection of Bukovsky classics re-imagined for an orchestra of 19 musicians. This will be proceeded by a support set featuring Loretta Palmeiro (sax) and Andrew Scott (piano) performing in a rare duo format.
8pm, Saturday 18 February 2017
The Sound Lounge
Corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale
MIROSLAV BUKOVSKY trumpet, flugelhorn, JENNA CAVE conductor and composer, PAUL WEBER trombone, co-musical director TIM COGGINS, ROSE FOSTER, LUKE DAVIS trombones; PAUL MURCHISON, ROB CAMPBELL, WILL ENDICOTT, PAUL MEO, WILL GILBERT trumpets, flugelhorns; JUSTIN BUCKINGHAM lead alto saxophone, flute LORETTA PALMEIRO alto, soprano saxophone, flute, clarinet DAVE REGLAR tenor, alto saxophone MICHAEL AVGENICOS tenor saxophone TIM CLARKSON baritone saxophone, flute, bass clarinet; RICHARD ASHBY guitar ANDREW SCOTT piano HANNAH JAMES bass JAMES MCCAFFREY drums
In 2010 Jenna composed her String Quartet No. 1, a substantial work in three movements. Written in the composer's own musical voice, the work would best be described as a contemporary piece with an emphasis on rhythmic interplay between instruments and shifting modal harmonies, drawing influence from the sound worlds of post 1960s jazz and composers such as Bela Bartok and Maurice Ravel. This month will see the world premiere performances of two versions of this work.
Trilogy for Strings (2010 & 2016) sees the original quartet rewritten for a string orchestra of 12 players. St Petersburg orchestra WARM & PEACE, directed by rising conducting star Hoshimi Sakai, will premiere the work in concert alongside other new and classic repertoire:
7pm, Monday 21 November 2016
St Petersburg Conservatory Concert Hall
New York bassist Ron Wasserman leads various innovative projects and ensembles moving between the worlds of classical music, dance, jazz orchestras and trad jazz. In December he is curating a bar recital of jazz influenced works for string quartet and string quartet with bass, performing with the Yeats String Quartet. The recital will include the world premiere performance of Cave's original String Quartet No. 1 (2010).
7pm, Sunday December 18 2016
Bar Thalia, 2537 Broadway, New York
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
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.
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)
Cut Common Magazine have just published an article by Samuel Cottell about Divergence Jazz Orchestra's upcoming album recording, our crowd funding campaign and Jenna's thoughts on various things music. Check it out!
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.
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
Venue: St Luke’s Hall, 11 Stanmore Road Enmore (opposite 7/11)
Tickets: $30/ $25/ $20
Inquiries: 9665 6489, or email email@example.com
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.
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.
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)
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."
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.