film composer

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 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.

Black Buster at Sydney Film Festival

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.

WIFT/APRA Mentorship Award

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!

 

 

Film Music Commission

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.

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!