Melissa Oliveira - voice, live looping
JAM - turntables, projections, lights
Matt Adomeit - Double bass
Virxilio da Silva - El. guitar
Peter Somos - Drums
The word innovative and groundbreaking is dished out a lot these days but in this project the facts speak for themselves. Mn’JAM experiment is a multi-medium performance that places visual arts and music at the same level in an environ-ment where performers’ interactivity goes way beyond instruments and music and reaches out to the visual and digital world.
In this project JAM opens up a completely new category within live performance. Besides controlling electronic sounds, he is a live visual artist that acts as a musician. This happens because JAM is on stage pressing buttons, rotating knobs and turntables in sync with the band as if he is one of the musicians, but more than sounds, his actions also influence the visual art on screen. This way JAM can improvise visually or even create a visual unison with the band, having the knowledge and proficiency of a musician but reaching out to new mediums with his visual art output. Far-removed from the traditional role of a singer, M (a TC-Helicon ambassador) has created an innovative place for live looping by incorporating it in the band. That and the use of effects, wordless songs, vocal improvisation and looping textures augment the potential way by which this singer can intervene with the music and express herself making it possible to also act as an instrument.
Besides what M and JAM bring to the table, this experiment includes diverse elements ranging from virtuosic improvi-sations (stemming from the band’s jazz background) to drum and bass rhythms played on the acoustic drums or solos on the electric guitar and double bass in addition to occasional guests such as the Bass clarinet or Portuguese guitar. In a nutshell, this project is shaping the future of performances when it comes to roles and possibilities within musical settings.