Digital Oceans // Virtual Jazz Festival

WATCH LIVE // Tuesday 18 August, 6pm

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Inspired by uncertain times and new normalities, Digital Oceans is a program of jazz which hopes to connect, inspire and uplift. Starting with poems on the pandemic and responding with their own experiences, UNSW musicians have crafted music that will have your heart racing, your mind whirling and your feet tapping. 

These works will premiere with a radio broadcast on FineMusic Sydney, followed by a special livestream event where we will share music videos produced in isolation and insights from the musicians. Join us to hear work from the Jazz Orchestra and Virtual Jazz Collective (directed by Sandy Evans), and UNSW Advanced Jazz Ensemble (directed by Adrian Klumpes). 

Jazz is improvised and collaborative, a profound art form that connects band members and audience in real time. Translating this to a digital performance, without the ability to rehearse face to face, is a continuing experiment. The resulting music is a product of its time, a musical expression of collective emotions and considerations. Recording from their homes, these musicians have had to work beyond the call on an individual and collective level. They have found ways to embrace technology in wholly new ways to create and present their creative work.  

Along with with the ensemble works, we'll share pieces by Honours musicians Eitan Muir and Tomas Ford recorded live in the Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab. Performing to empty seats, they brought these quiet spaces to life and we're excited to give them the audience they deserve.   

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Radio Broadcast
FineMusic Sydney  
Saturday 15 & Saturday 22 August, 7pm 

FineMusic Sydney’s Emergent Jazz program will feature an entire program of UNSW student compositions. These COVID times have seen university campuses turned asunder, with remote learning leading to much improvising in course delivery, as well as of course in the very nature of jazz itself. Host Keith Pettigrew will present a program of works to celebrate not only student survival, but also musical excellence. 

Listen in at 102.5FM, Fine Music on DAB+, or stream from 

Emergent Jazz with Keith Pettigrew

Listen Live // FineMusic Sydney

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Livestream Event
Tuesday 18 August, 6pm 

Following the musical premiere, join us for the premiere of three music videos. While working from home, these emerging musicians not only composed and recorded original works, they collaborated with UNSW’s professional creative staff to craft video responses. These visual works are an extension of the powerful musical expressions. Join us to also hear insights from the musicians on the works themselves and the unique creative process. 

Register for the Livestream Event 

Watch Live // Tuesday 18 August, 6pm

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Tips for a livestream event:

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  1. Ensure you have a steady internet connection to enjoy uninterrupted viewing. To check your internet speed, watch our new video on YouTube. If it plays smoothly, you should be good to go! 
  2. Check your speakers or headphones are working and set to a good level. This is a musical work and we want you to experience it fully. Play a song to test it’s all working!
  3. If at any time your stream drops out, or is jumpy, wait a few seconds and refresh your browser. You can always pause or rewind the broadcast. You can also fast-forward, but only up until the live moment (no time travelling sorry!). 
  4. Let a friend know about the stream so you can chat about it after. 
  5. Grab a drink of your choice and settle in!
  6. Click the WATCH LIVE link above. If you have the Microsoft Teams application you can watch using that, otherwise select ‘Watch on the Web instead’. 
  7. Feel free to comment or ask questions in the Q&A panel at any time. The Q&A panel can be opened by clicking the icon in the top right of your window. 

Note: Live stream starts 10 minutes prior to scheduled start time so you have time to set up.

If you have questions accessing the livestream, contact us at:

NOTE // You do not need a Microsoft account or the Teams app to watch the livestream event.

You can download these instructions below. 

Click the WATCH LIVE above.

This dialogue box will pop up. Click ‘Cancel’ to watch in a web browser.
If you have the Teams app, click ‘Open Microsoft Teams’.

Teams Dialogue - Cancel

If you see this dialogue box select ‘Watch on the web instead’.
You do not need to download the app to watch.

Teams Dialogue - Watch on the web

Finally, you might see this dialogue box pop up. 
Click the slightly hidden ‘Join anonymously’ link to watch the event in a web browser. 
You do not need a Microsoft account, or have to log in, to watch.

Teams Dialogue - Join anonymously

Enjoy the show!

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Livestream Program


UNSW Jazz Orchestra

Benjamin Connor // Piano
Carlos Castaneda II // Bass Guitar
Chris Blundell // Composition, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
Daniel Siu // Clarinet
Emma Korell // Sop Sax
Jaden Victoria // Composition, Trombone
Lachlan Anderson // Tenor Sax
Lynx Van Den Brink // Composition, Arrangement, Sop Sax, Alto Sax
Matt Gerrard // Violin
Oskar Rubie // Composition, Arrangement, Production, Drums
Peter Kostopoulos // Trumpet
Rebecca Mathews // Voice
Sandy Evans // Ensemble Director, Arrangement
Shawna O'Neill // Production, Bari Sax

Lucid Lullaby

Honours Performance // Tomas McKeever Ford

Linda Oh // Composition
Tomas McKeever Ford // Bass
Eitan Muir // Electric Guitar
Greg Stopic // Alto Saxophone
Ryu Kodama // Drums 

Blood Pumping 

Advanced Jazz Ensemble 

Adrian Lim-Klumpes // Keyboards, Composer 
Ebony Tait // Backing Vocals, Composer 
Fergus Spencer // Bass, Composer 
Jarryd Langford // Tenor Sax 
Lachlan Anderson // Tenor Sax 
Lynx Van Den Brink // Soprano Sax 
Ofri Einav // Lyricist, Composer, Lead and Backing Vocals 
Tristan Lacey // Drums, Composer 


Honours Performance // Eitan Muir 

Eitan Muir // Composition, Electric Guitar II 
Greg Stopic // Alto Saxophone 
Alistair Johnston // Tenor Saxophone 
Samuel Killick // Electric Guitar I 
Tomas McKeever Ford // Bass 
Peter Longhurst // Drum Set I 
Ryu Kodama // Drum Set II 

Winter Flowers

Virtual Jazz Collective 

Alexander Antoniou // Drums (solo)
Arnold Kam // Production, Piano (solo)
Chris Junghs // Vocals (solo)
Jasmine Cho // Vocals
Laura Higgins // Composition, Lyrics, Vocals, Guitar 
Niki Markoulli // Vocals

Ofri Einav & Tristan Lacey // Livestream Hosts

Sandy Evans, Lynx Van Den Brink, Laura Higgins // Pre-recorded Introductions

Simon Trevaks // Livestream Production; Video Production for Plague, Blood Pumping, Winter Flowers

Paul Matthews // Livestream Production; Video Production for Lucid Lullaby, Edge

Produced by the UNSW Creative Practice Lab
with the Technical Resource Centre

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