THE CREATIVE TEAM
Josh Nelson • Travis Flournoy • Jesse Ottinger • Claudia Carballada
Pianist, composer, and educator Josh Nelson has made an indelible impression on the international music scene. Josh performs with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Natalie Cole, Anthony Wilson, Tom Scott, Seamus Blake, Walter Smith, Dave Koz, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Matt Wilson, Jack Sheldon, Queen Latifah, Richard Galliano, and Sara Gazarek.
He has released five albums under his own name: Anticipation (2004), Let it Go (2007), I Hear a Rhapsody (2009), Discoveries (2011), and Exploring Mars (2015). He has also performed on countless albums of other distinguished artists.
Josh's mentors include jazz pianists Cecilia Coleman, Buddy Collette, Bill Cunliffe, Alan Pasqua, and Benny Green. Josh is the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and scholarships including the Louis Armstrong Award, the John Phillip Sousa Award, and he was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Josh is currently part of the music faculty at Cal State University Northridge.
Travis Flournoy is a Texas-born alum of USC's film school. He's been editing documentary and reality television and features for the past decade. His work has been broadcast on The History Channel, Bravo, Discovery, Lifetime, MSNBC, BBC Worldwide, BioChannel, Style Network, Animal Planet, MTV, and Fuse TV. As a visual artist, Travis focuses on sampling from the deep well of film history, which he adroitly edits and manipulates live during the performance.
JESSE OTTINGER | scenography
Jesse Ottinger is an architect practicing in Santa Monica CA. He studied architecture at UC Berkeley, and then moved to Los Angeles to continue his studies at USC. His collaboration with The Discovery Project began in 2011, with the release of Josh's album Discoveries. With a mutual interest in creating a more interactive musical experience, Jesse has designed and built a variety of installations to complement and enhance the visual experience of the Discovery Project.
Claudia is a Los Angeles based visual artist and art educator. With emphasis in painting, drawing, and installation, as well as animation projects in her portfolio, she joined Josh Nelson three years ago participating in performances as a ‘live painter’. Her interest in transforming spaces through sight and sound led to her integration as a member of Josh Nelson’s Discovery Project. Claudia actively lectures and exhibits her work. She holds an MFA from Claremont Graduate University and currently teaches at Pasadena City College.