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

OVERVIEW

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.

MUSIC

Drawing from a variety of genres and influences, composer/pianist Josh Nelson’s music strives to tell an intricate and emotional story for each themed Discovery Project presentation. Some of Los Angeles’ top musicians help to bring Josh’s music to life through moving live performances that are unique and different with every presentation.

Josh Nelson

VISUALS

Travis maintains a large collection of found footage, culled from every corner of the cultural repository, most noticeably the Prelinger collection available through archive.org. He presents the visual information live, using a midi-controller to trigger clips in time to the music.

Travis Flournoy

SCENOGRAPHY

Jesse and Claudia work in tandem to transform the space of the performance and to stretch the capabilities of the projectors and the surfaces they project onto.  They play with notions of translucency, scale, and multiplicity as they construct various surfaces for the visuals.

Jesse Ottinger & Claudia Carballada

THE THREE SHOWS

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.

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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.

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

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

NEW IN THE SHOP 

THE DISCOVERY PROJECT COLLECTION

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!