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A stranger in Helsinki : for jazz orchestra

by Jenna Cave (2008)

Audio Sample

Performance by Divergence Jazz Orchestra from the CD opening statement

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The opening statement / Divergence Jazz Orchestra.

Library shelf no. CD 2488 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

I wrote this piece back in 2008 when I was living in Helsinki, Finland on a 6-month working holiday. The piece incorporates stylistic elements from West African popular music into a big band setting. Although musically this has nothing to do with Helsinki the joyful and quirky spirit of the piece reflects the crazy adventure I had while in Helsinki.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones (1 doubling on flute), piano, guitar, bass, drums.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — West African feel

First performance: by Sydney Conservatorium of Music Big Band, William Motzing — 9 Oct 09. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The composer sites the following influences on this work:

West African Music, Super Rail Band, Jean Luc Ponty.

Selected for the ISCM Australian National Section submitted to the 2011 ISCM World New Music Days.


Performances of this work

12 Feb 2014: at Official album launch: Divergence Jazz Orchestra (Foundry616). Featuring Divergence Jazz Orchestra.

11 Nov 2012: at Divergence Jazz Orchestra return in concert (The Wall, Bald Faced Stag Hotel ). Featuring Divergence Jazz Orchestra.

29 Jul 2012: at Divergence Jazz Orchestra BAND LAUNCH (The Wall/The Bald Faced Stag). Featuring Divergence Jazz Orchestra.

9 Oct 09: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Sydney Conservatorium of Music Big Band, William Motzing.

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