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Jenna Cave : Represented Artist

Jenna Cave is a composer and bandleader who specialises in music for contemporary jazz orchestra

Random Audio Sample: A Fantastical epic (Lessons in Jazz) : big band by Jenna Cave, from the CD Fake it until you make it

Photo of Jenna Cave

Photo: Aaron Blakey

Jenna Cave (b. 1984) is best known for her contemporary jazz big band music, while also enjoying composing for various mediums, including chamber music. Cave co-leads, conducts and is the resident composer for the Divergence Jazz Orchestra. Made up of 18 of Australia's leading young jazz musicians, their wide repertoire showcases music by many contemporary Australian composers, both teachers and peers of Cave's. To date they have performed music by 15 Australian composers. Their debut album The Opening Statement, comprising of all compositions by Cave, was released in October 2013, and was highly praised by the Australian jazz community and abroad, reviewed with 4 starts in The Australian and on international jazz blog All About Jazz. The album has been featured on ABC Classic FM, Radio National, ABC Jazz, Chicago's Jazz Radio and BBC amongst others.

Jenna has worked as a composer with other groups around Australia, and composition commissions of note include three pieces as the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra's 2011 composer- in-residence and a sextet (featuring Norwegian saxophonist Froy Aagre and pianist Andrea Keller) for the 2010 Melbourne International Women's Jazz Festival. Her work Odd Time in Mali was included on the Sirens Big Band's album Kali and the Time of Change (2012), and three of her large ensemble works were featured on a collaborative album Take it in Colour (2006) which she co-produced while studying at the ANU in Canberra.

Cave has also been commissioned to compose for the screen, including the score and songs for a short musical Blackbuster, broadcast on ABC TV and screened at the 2012 Sydney International Film Festival. Cave's compositions have been performed live by other notable groups such as the Bennett's Lane Big Band (2007 Melbourne International Women's Jazz Festival), the Sydney Conservatorium Big Band (2010 Shanghai World Expo, 2008 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, et al.) and the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra (at their monthly resident gigs, 2010 to 2012).

Cave had the privilege to study with two outstanding humans, musicians and composers in her university years, Miroslav Bukovsky (2003-2006), whilst undertaking a Bachelor of Music (jazz) with Honours, and William Motzing (2008-2010), while studying a Master of Music (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Awards and honours for Cave include a Contemporary Music Performance Grant from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2013); APRA/Women in Film and Television Mentorship Award (2012); a composition prize at the Canberra International Music Festival (2010); a University of Sydney Postgraduate Award scholarship for her Master's composition studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2008-2010), two prizes for the most outstanding music graduate from the Australian National University in 2006. Cave was shortlisted for the 2011 National Composers Forum with the Australian String Quartet, and one of six Australian works selected by the Australian Music Centre for submission to the 2011 ISCM World New Music Days was composed by Cave.

Jenna Cave — current to December 2015

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2010 Sprogis Woods Jazz Composition Competition Runner Up Dear Miss Upstill

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Mrs Party Pants : big band Commissioned by Graham and Jenny Cook
Jazz euphoria on Frenchmen Street : for jazz big band (2011) This piece was commissioned by WAYJO (the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra) as a part of Jenna Cave's role as WAYJO's 2011 composer-in-residence.
And then there was one : for jazz orchestra (2011) Commissioned by WA Youth Jazz Orchestra. Commissioned as part of my 2011 composer in residence with WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
The opening statement : big band (2011) This was one of three works Jenna Cave composed on commission as the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Composer-in-residence.
Digital sheet music sample And then there was one : small jazz ensemble (2010) Commissioned by the 2010 Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival

Analysis & Media

- Video: Jazz euphoria on Frenchmen street

- Video: Dear Miss Upstill