DIVA partners with ArtistShare for our 25th Anniversary Project

DIVA is excited to announce that we will be working with ArtistShare for our 25th Anniversary Project. ArtistShare’s roster includes some of today’s most prestigious artists including Pulitzer- and Oscar-nominated writers, Guggenheim fellowship recipients, Doris Duke Foundation Recipients, Grammy winners and NEA Jazz Masters. DIVA is proud to be included on that roster.

Visit our ArtistShare project page to find out how YOU can be part of our 25th Anniversary Project.

ArtistShare, founded in 2001 as the Internet’s first “crowdfunding” platform, connects artists with fans in order to share the excitement and beauty of the creative process, document the work of today’s most exciting creators and allow fans to participate directly by funding and observing the creation of new artistic works. ArtistShare is the ultimate expression of freedom for a creative artist as well as the ultimate expression of appreciation for a fan of that artist.

ArtistShare’s unique approach to the documentation of the creative process combined with the opportunity for fans to follow that process (and sometimes even be involved) preserves the precious relationship between artists and fans regardless of any changes in the industry or technology. ArtistShare artists always own and control the rights to their creations through a completely transparent business model. These precepts are written directly into our mission and charter and will never change. Through ArtistShare, artists and fans will insure the creation of new works for the next generation.

For 25 years, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra has toured the world to both critical and popular acclaim, performing with many of the most notable icons in jazz, playing music composed and arranged by some of the greatest writers in music.

This 25 year benchmark has inspired Music Director and Drummer, Sherrie Maricle, to reflect deeply about the outstanding talent that has shaped the band, and the writers (including band members) who have given DIVA the brilliant musical means to showcase and highlight that talent. As Sherrie thought about the current band, she had the realization that most of the players are not only exceptional performers but also gifted composers and arrangers. That, coupled with the fact that many of them have been in the band for 10+, 15+ and 20+ years, and some newer members were once young fans, sparked her vision for DIVA’s 25th Anniversary Project.

To honor DIVA’s 25 year history and legacy of the band’s founder, Stanley Kay, Sherrie has tasked herself and has asked 9 other band members to compose and arrange a new piece of music to commemorate this significant milestone. To have 10 composers in the band, writing for the band, who have played together for years, who helped forge DIVA’s style and sound, who know the band’s history, who know and respect each other musically and genuinely like each other, has given them a remarkable opportunity to create and share their first all-original DIVA plays DIVA recording; 10 original writers composing for 15 friends in 1 amazing band.

It’s DIVA’s mission to continue to evolve their powerful, dynamic and precise ensemble sound through the exceptional individual talent within the band and their extraordinary composers and arrangers. They invite you to be a part of the journey.

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