Josh Nelson and The Discovery Project

Josh Nelson | music component/composer/pianist
Travis Flournoy | video component
Claudia Carballada, Jesse Ottinger | art installation component

The Discovery Project is an ongoing multi-disciplinary artistic collaboration and presentation. The goal for each unique installation is to create an immersive experience for the audience, utilizing original music compositions and a variety of concrete and abstract moving images projected onto sculptural forms, and subsequently transforming a space entirely. The original concept behind The Discovery Project was conceived alongside pianist/composer’s Josh Nelson's album release Discoveries (2011).



October 20 and 21, 2017
Blue Whale, Los Angeles, California
“The Sky Remains” album release shows! Featuring Jeff Parker, Kathleen Grace, Lillian Sengpiehl, Josh Johnson



Educationally, The Discovery Project creates a conversation between the jazz and fine art disciplines. Its aim is to broaden horizons of how students experience and appreciate live music and how it can be further enhanced by other creative sources.

I. Live Music Component
Topics Covered: 1) New Music with Old Cinema: Re-scoring techniques for Modern Composers. 2) Improvisation and Film: Storytelling and the Creative Dialogue. 3) The Physics of Constructing a Melody: Science, Math, History, and Music.

II. Film Component
Topics Covered: 1) A Brief History of Film: From Melies to Hitchcock. 2) Archival Footage and Source Material: Basic Sampling Techniques and Strategies. 3) Hands-on: Working with Live Video Footage alongside Live Musicians.

III. Sculpture/Art Installation Component
Topics Covered: 1) Translucency, Scale, and Multiplicity: Constructing Surfaces for Projections. 2) Spontaneous Narratives: Sculpture and Improvisation. 3) Curating a Space: Challenges and Solutions.



Photo and video gallery of live performances.


To correspond with The Discovery Project, please write to the following address:

The Discovery Project
Steel Bird Music
P.O. Box 39762
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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