An evening of eclectic journeys.
Electronic musician João Menezes and jazz musician Jesse Boere take you on an exploratory journey of sounds; some heard before, others only vaguely familiar. In this audio-visual performance they use landscapes of acoustic textures and manipulate these with electronic signals. Sounds you will think have rung for tens of thousands of years all across the planet, and sounds that only now find their place.
“This performance will feel like a trip: there is video throughout and the music consists of both musical phrasing and sound painting using an acoustic piano, voice, live electronics, and both live audio and live video processing” – Jesse Boere
“This performance was created from scratch and a lot of the arial footage was actually recently recorded in Iceland. The country is breathtaking and it inspired us to experiment with the idea of texture – from the minimalism of the elements to the splendor of untouched landscapes.” – João Menezes
João Menezes is a Sound Artist, working at the intersection of Sound, Interaction and Media. João has lead workshops and presentations at festivals, universities and conferences, such as: Code Control Festival, Get Set Art Festival, Semibreve Festival, London College of Communication – University of the Arts London, Faculty of Engineering as well as the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, Leicester College, Artech – International Conference on Digital Arts, and the xCoAx Conference, among others. Born in 1989, he graduated with a degree in Electronic Music and Musical production. In 2012, he earned his MSc in Interactive Music and Sound Design with high distinction from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. From 2010 to 2014 João was an active member of the Digitópia Collective at the Casa da Música Foundation, Porto. Additionally, he has composed music for Dance, Theatre and Film. Now, João is a Technical Instructor of Music in the Music Program at New York University Abu Dhabi.
Jesse Boere is a singer, songwriter and composer from the Netherlands with a background rooted in vocal music and jazz. Starting out with singing classical music as a child, he shifted his focus to jazz in college and gradually devoted more and more of his time to composing.
Boere received his bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Codarts Rotterdam. He sang in the Netherlands Student Chamber Choir, the EuroChoir, and different jazz collectives, often crooning the tunes that Frank Sinatra and Chet Baker made famous. In 2014 he graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music – at its Valencia campus, he culminated his master’s degree with a project researching the ‘Big Five’ American songwriters and their ‘Tin Pan Alley’ composition style. He played at masterclasses of Eddie Gomez, Snarky Puppy, Raul Midón, Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Patrice Rushen, Gretchen Parlato, Oleta Adams, Tommy Torres, Pat Pattison, Stephen Webber, and others.
Jesse Boere has written material for other artists with songwriter’s duo ‘Sugar Sweet Music’. Under the pseudonym Jesse Bell, he released an acoustic folk/pop album titled ‘Nothing Is the Same’ in 2015. He currently works on new recorded music and a songbook comprised of 32-bar-style ‘Tin Pan Alley’ jazz tunes.
Jesse Boere is Executive Board Member of the Paris-based International Music Council, founded by UNESCO in 1949, and resides in Abu Dhabi where he is an Associate Instructor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Tickets to Manifold are free of charge but online reservation is required.