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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 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.

 

Band Launch success and BoHo gig

 The Divergence Jazz Orchestra are still buzzing after a very successful Band Launch concert at the Bald Faced Stag Hotel on July 29.
We got a great turn out and we were thrilled with the performance. John Hardaker at Orange Press wrote us a great review:

 

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 jenna@jennacave.com for venue location.

 

Please check us out on youtube: Divergence Perform "Jazz Euphoria on Frenchmen Street" at the Band Launch

To stay up to date with future news and gigs  please follow us by liking the  Divergence Jazz Orchestra Facebook Page

 

Australian Music Centre

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.

 

 

 

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!