Nova Jazz Orchestra Performs at Baby Blue Arts!

Nova Performs at Baby Blue Arts StudiosHappy New Year from everyone in the Nova Jazz Orchestra. Here’s some great news to get this new year rolling: Back in September, and with the guidance of our excellent saxophonist Kari Musil, we had the good fortune of recording a set of music at Baby Blue Arts Studios in Minneapolis. That performance is now available at Baby Blue’s website in its entirety, consisting of four original tunes: The Whole Man, To the Source, That’s How I Know, and 11:04. (Also, don’t forget to check out the interview with Mike Krikava about Nova.)

Like The Nova Jazz Orchestra, Baby Blue Arts is a volunteer organization that serves the musical life of our region. Don’t forget to visit Baby Blue Arts on a regular basis to check out all the great music.

Nova Christmas Concert & CD Release!

We’ve got a great Christmas concert coming up! Mike Krikava gives all the details below:

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Greetings Nova Jazz friends,

The Nova Jazz Orchestra is set to release our 12th CD of all-original music. This release is being timed with the holidays so we will do a combination CD Release and Holiday concert on Sunday, December 22, at 4pm. The location is Saint James Lutheran Church, 460 West Annapolis Street, West St. Paul, MN. The concert is free of charge.

This concert will be very special. In addition to some holiday favorites, Nova is releasing its CD “Concerto Nova & the Jazz Music of W.A. Mathieu.” The Concerto is a six-movement work that combines elements of Jazz and Classical to form something that is entirely new. We recorded the Concerto live at Saint James back in April and the piece is made all the better for the stunning acoustics of that room.

I hope you can come out to hear Nova!

Cheers,

Mike

Concerto Nova: The “2nd Premier” and Recording

An important reminder: Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra will be performing the “2nd Premier” of Concerto Nova by W.A. “Bill” Mathieu very soon. If you haven’t heard this amazing work yet, here’s your chance. This concert will also be a live recording session. Details below. We hope to see everyone there.

Nova at 20: A Celebration

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Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
It began in 1992, when two people, trombonist Rose Lewis and saxophonist Mike Krikava, felt the need for a band that could perform new and home-grown Minnesotan big-band music. The solution? Start a new band! Early in 1992, the first rehearsals of the “Novy Jazovy Orkestr” (a Czech inspiration, meaning “New Jazz Orchestra”) were convened in a local band room. Now, many, many, performances and eight-plus recordings later, the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is 20 years old. Come celebrate with us — it’ll happen at the Artist’s Quarter in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 11, 2012 at 7pm. Don’t forget to bring a friend. Here are all the details:

Concerto Nova!

Visitors to this website may wonder what the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is up to. Considering this space hasn’t been updated in quite a while, it’s a reasonable question. Our silence here, however, belies the fact we are in the midst of a big project.

W.A. "Bill" Mathieu
W.A. “Bill” Mathieu

What is this big project, you might ask? Well, not too long ago, Nova recorded the unrecorded arrangements (and originals) of William “Bill” Mathieu, originally written for Stan Kenton in the late 50s.

The resulting CD, Vol. 2-Double Feature,Vol. 2-Double Feature pleased and delighted many people. Importantly, the recording pleased Bill Mathieu, too, so much so that he was motivated to write an original work specifically for the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. The result is Concerto Nova, a 6 movement work. Nova is currently rehearsing this new music, and the composer Bill Mathieu will visit us soon to help out on the finer musical points. As you might suspect, Nova intends to perform and record Concerto Nova. Stay tuned.