music, art, and visuals intertwined to create a unique performance experience 


The Discovery Project is an ongoing collaboration between jazz composer and pianist Josh Nelson, live improvisational video mixer Travis Flournoy, architect Jesse Ottinger and artist Claudia Carballada. The artistic goal for each presentation is to create an immersive experience of music and moving images projected onto sculptural forms, transforming a space into a fusion of sound and image.

The initial idea behind this collaboration was born from Josh Nelson's album Discoveries. He was seeking to meld early sci-fi film video montages with original jazz compositions performed by a chamber jazz ensemble in a uniquely curated experience. The result has been an exciting integration, where the video becomes light, sculpture becomes the backdrop, and the music takes center stage, enveloped by the projected art.

The Discovery Project aims to deconstruct and play with the familiar relationship of performer, audience, and space. We allow the audience to experience music and image in a dynamic fusion, resulting in spontaneous narratives which arise from the interplay of the live VJ and the improvisational aspect of jazz.


Josh Nelson


Travis Flournoy


Jesse Ottinger & Claudia Carballada


The Discovery Project consists of three shows, each coinciding with a different album. Each of the three iterations of the Discovery Project are available for booking. Learn more about each show below.

The first iteration of “The Discovery Project” delves into the fantastic world of science and fiction, drawing inspiration from Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Nikola Tesla.

Second in the Discovery Project, this show explores themes on the Red Planet.

The third in the Discovery Project series, The Sky Remains unearths hidden gems and little-known stories about Los Angeles.



All three original Discovery Project CDs are now being offered in the shop as an autographed collection. Be sure to get your collection while supplies last!

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