d'volv (Jim Kelly, Peter Martin and Jon Fitzgerald) features the distinctive combination of steel-string, electric and nylon-string guitars. The group performs original instrumental compositions with a wide range of musical influences - from Spain, Ireland, Latin America, jazz, blues and classical music.
Members of the group are all accomplished Australian performers and composers, and their varied musical backgrounds makes for an innovative blend of original music - featuring carefully-crafted arrangement alongside free improvisation.
Since its formation in early 1999, d'volv has built up a substantial repertoire of original material, recorded a critically-acclaimed self-titled CD at Sony Studios in Sydney, and performed widely in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. d'volv appeared at the 2000 Wangaratta Jazz Festival and was one of the headline acts at the 2001 Frankston International Guitar Festival.
d'volv has also toured in South East Asia and South Korea. In November 2000 d'volv gave a series of performances and workshops in Bangkok - at the invitation of the Australian Embassy in Thailand - and also performed at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur. In December 2002 d'volv toured South Korea with Korea's leading jazz musician Lee Jung Sik (with support from the Australia-Korea Foundation and the Australian Embassy in Seoul) performing in concert halls and jazz clubs in Seoul, Busan and Daegu, and on national television.
The members of d'volv are also lecturers in Australia's leading contemporary music program at Southern Cross University in Lismore NSW.
The group's second CD africussia was recorded in 2002 at Sony studios in Sydney.
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Innovative ensemble d'volv formed as in 1999 and features the rare combination of electric, steel and nylon string acoustic guitars, performing original compositions with musical influences from Spain, Ireland, contemporary Art music, blues and jazz.
Members of d'volv
Jim Kelly established himself as a gifted contemporary guitarist and composer when he formed Australia's leading jazz-rock fusion band Crossfire. He is in great demand at jazz festivals and live music venues.
Peter Martin studied classical guitar in Spain with Regino Sainz de la Maza. He is also a highly-successful composer and arranger for film as well as television commercials.
Jon Fitzgerald studied classical guitar at Queensland University, and during the 1980s performed as a solo and ensemble guitarist in Australia and overseas. He has written extensively for the instrument.