Jazari

Jazari

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
BandEDMJam

Cyborg percussion ensemble Jazari fuses African rhythms, algorithmic composition, sound synthesis, and electro-mechanics into improvised robot dance music. Machines under the performer's control play percussion instruments and custom software and controllers add electronic processing.

Biography

Patrick Flanagan, who serves as Jazari's token human, became interested in music and artificial intelligence while studying composition at the University of Minnesota in the late 00s. After leaving academia, Flanagan decided that the best way to realize his ideas about artificial musical agents in performance was to build machines to embody them. That decision gave birth first to a bongo machine and then a machine that plays the djembe. Eventually a host of percussion playing robots came to form the core of the band. Stylistically, Jazari's most obvious influences are dance genres like house and drum 'n bass, but in the background is an improvisatory ethos from jazz and an interest in algorithmic manipulations informed by academic computer music. Jazari is based in Minneapolis.