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.
On africussia, d'volv's second album and their first for Move, you'll hear an exciting blend of diverse performance techniques and compositional styles PLUS a bonus video featuring d'volv live! Jim Kelly, Peter Martin and Jon Fitzgerald individually have years of performing experience on guitars. Collectively as d'volv they drew from their decades of knowledge to produce the music on this disc which is well suited to those seeking a refined listening experience.
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.
“Three guitars and three musicians draw together their experience and skill for an intriguing session” ★★★★
— Chris Copas, The Star
“always flashes and sparks with animation ... fastidious arranging ... exemplary recording ... imaginative improvising ... This is to music to what candles are to light.”
— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“Three guitars combine in africussia to offer a time-passing-pleasantly exposition of the skills of three remarkable Australian players and composers ... the program offers a range of musics ... all of which ensures an absorbing exploration of the possibilities of the combination of instruments.”
— Michael Foster, Canberra Times
“a delightful blend of third-stream jazz, blues, classical, folk and flamenco ... a quality disc with elegant arrangements and technique to burn.”
— Mike Daly, The Age - Green Guide
“a trademark sound ... a pleasing meld of timbral qualities ... Deep Tango Blue and Feel No Pain are outright successes”
— Shane Nicols, Australian Financial Review
“unusual and distinctive”
— Ian Macgregor, Jazz Guitar Society of Western Australia
- Maggie's Dance Jon Fitzgerald 3:45
- In with the Breeze Jim Kelly 5:29
- Deep Tango Blue Peter Martin 6:12
- Point A ... Point B Jim Kelly 5:02
- Hymn to the Ancestors Jon Fitzgerald 4:08
- Accidental Rag Peter Martin 2:37
- Tangoesque Jim Kelly 5:04
- Sunday Serendipity Jon Fitzgerald 4:26
- Clocks Jim Kelly 4:36
- Feel no Pain Jim Kelly 4:35
- Africussia Jim Kelly 4:32
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.
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.
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.