8:00 pm - Doors Open
Tags: Jojo Mayer & NERVE
Student Masterclass and Gig: £15 (must show student ID and ticket on the door to gain entry)
Student Gig only: £10 (must show student ID and ticket on the door to gain entry)
Adult Masterclass and Gig: £20
Adult Gig only: £15
Masterclass – 5.45pm
Gig – 8.00pm
In a era when a barren pop music culture appears doomed to perpetually recycle the 20th century, and when pressing “> play” while throwing a fist in the air qualifies as a performance, NERVE has set out on a mission: to recalibrate our perception and reinstate our imperiled ability to discern between whats real and whats not. NERVE aims for an authentic 21st century expression that reclaims musical performance as a culturally informed art form.
NERVE evolved out of Jojo Mayer’s legendary party event, “Prohibited Beatz”, in NYC. Initially a platform for experimental interaction between DJ culture and live music, this collective eventually developed into a finely tuned group that cross- pollinated the premeditated format of programmed electronic music with real time musical performance.
NERVE ultimately brings the early jazz tradition of improvisation, innovation, authentic expression and stylistic evolution to the digital age.
NERVE re-examines and transcends the relationship between human creativity and digital technology, and has created a new form of musical expression which is completely unique in the world today. At the heart of the group is their explosive and high energy live show, which has earned them an extremely loyal international fan base. NERVE sounds like electronic music, but it’s not. It doesn’t sound like jazz or rock, but it is.
NERVE operates completely independently, has produced and released 4 LP’s and 5 EP’s, and has toured the USA, South America, Europe and Asia.
“GHOSTS OF TOMORROW”
Following last year’s “Live in Europe” record, NERVE returned to their home base at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn to record their 3rd full length studio album, “Ghosts of Tomorrow”. This time the group explored some radical and unconventional approaches in the studio. The usual linear production process of composition, performance, editing and mixing often got deconstructed to a point where many of these production sequences took place in reverse order or even simultaneously. Improvisation was the overarching theme during the production of “Ghosts of Tomorrow”. Besides the aim to capture exiting performances, spontaneous deviations and accidents often became collaborators and compositional contributors.
This reflects NERVE’s philosophy that in a cultural climate where rapid technological and social change make it increasingly difficult to plan ahead, creativity and improvisation will become the new strategy for cultural evolution
At some point the production expanded beyond the predominantly instrumental format of NERVE, and incited the invitation of a number of guest vocalists from around the world such as Iranian superstar Mohsen Namjoo, Columbian singer Juliana Ronderos (Salt Cathedral), MC Xis from Brazil and others, with the results to be released as an accompanying EP of remixes and collaborations.
While quoting and assimilating influences from a multitude of creative music cultures from Footwork to Old School Jungle, Minimal House, Electro, and Break or Glitch Beats, “Ghosts of Tomorrow” aims to establish a high-energy and engaging musical narrative to describe emotional and aesthetic idealism in a time of cultural insecurity and perpetual change.
JOJO MAYER, Drums
Jojo started playing drums at an early age and had his first public
performance at 2, sitting in with his dad’s band. His seminal work with NERVE established him as one of the great performers and innovators on the instrument. Jojo’s concepts and techniques of reverse engineering electronic drumbeats in real time on a acoustic drum set introduced a new paradigm and opened the door for an entire generation of musicians to follow. In 2014, the prestigious Modern Drummer Magazine poll listed him as one of the 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time.
JOHN DAVIS, Bass & Low End Manipulation
Jojo’s longtime partner in crime and counterpart in NERVE, John is the foremost proponent of synthesized electric bass culture today. With his experience as a multi-faceted bass player and vast technical expertise as one of New York’s busiest recording and mixing engineers, John has pushed the envelope in emulating programmed synth bass lines from his bass guitar and pedalboard like no other bass player.
JACOB BERGSON, Keys & Synths Jacob initially started to work with NERVE as a recording
engineer for the “The Distance between Zero and One” sessions in 2010. In 2014 he joined the group as a full time keyboardist, compose, and engineer. His broad stylistic experience which ranges from electronic music to pop and jazz and his skills with synthesis make him the perfect collaborator and a distinctive new voice in NERVE.
AARON NEVEZIE, Sound and Realtime Audio Deconstruction
Stepping up into NERVE’s proprietary Real Time Audio Deconstruction concept, Aaron interacts with and manipulates the band’s sonic output during live performances, turning the sound desk into a musical instrument by supplying, in real time, many of the textures usually created in post production. Co-owner of The Bunker Studio, he brings years of studio-honed engineering skills and techniques to the band, stretching the boundaries of live sound and concert experience.
14s – 17s must be accompanied by an adult