In January the performative collective Mn’JAM will perform in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Boston.
Mn’JAM experiment is a collective led by M (the singer) and JAM (electronics/visual artist). This multi-medium performance places visual arts and music at the same level in an environment where performers’ interactivity goes way beyond the usual instruments and music and reaches out to the visual and digital world.
If you zoom in on the music, you’ll find a mix between empirical and rationally constructed elements; between acoustic, electric and electronic instruments; urban rhythms and traditional melodies, vocal loops and guitar solos, turntables and acoustic drums.
Concentrating on the visuals, they are analogously a product of pre-composed material and live manipulation mostly carried out by the guy behind the turntables. He is able to instantaneously control the images using the turntables and a series of pads and buttons thus not only syncing the visuals with the music in real time but also being able to improvise and “comp” visually on the spot.
The combination and correlation between sound and image make this performance a clear-cut synesthetic experience.
In a nutshell, this project is shaping the future of performances when it comes to roles and possibilities within musical settings and is literally a groundbreaking platform not only in jazz but also within live music/performances in general.
17 January 2018 – Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, ft. Greg Osby (including a workshop in the afternoon as part of the Meet the Masters series)
18 January 2018 – ShapeShifter Lab, New York, ft. Casey Benjamin (award-winning Grammy artist)
19 January 2018 – Workshop at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago
23 January 2018 – The Lily Pad, Boston