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.
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.
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"
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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.