Art Angle is a new column by Jason Myerson. Interviews with Ottawa artists about their craft and the creation of a business. Their stories are a curious mix of personality and of the professional.
“In all societies, a primary function of music is collective and communal, to bring and bind people together.” —Oliver Sacks
When I first met Jordan he looked past the gesture of my extended hand, and brought it in for the real thing. His good nature begins with a familiar calm that makes it easy to relax into chit-chat—next thing you know, you’re laughing and having a good time. Creative intelligence doesn’t just connect itself to an idea, it also binds to an attitude.
While exchanging conversation with Jordan, he listens with a focus and notable eye of recognition, yet validation is yours to build upon. As an artist, Jordan’s life has been in exploration of a certain spirit of inquiry—audio art. Music has always played its part in his family growing up, and that’s helped build an appreciation for the creative outlet. With an acute ear and open mind, his passion is to play with sound in a way that encourages it’s movement, and our own. “Keep it moving, keep it grooving,” is the motto of motion that the sound shaman believes in, provokes, and promotes through his craft. Jordan explores the use of synthesizers to get the right vibe from outside of convention, allowing for a different state of cognition. “Creating music is what keeps me up at night,” he explains with a straight face.
In his youth, Jordan remembers going to punk shows and feeling uplifted by the energy and included in the unity of celebrating being different. Jordan explains why being different is so important to him, “I’ve always gone to differing genres of live shows. Each band, and venue comes with a unique energy.” Being around other artists helps to fuel his passion by the diversity of disciplines that make the connections for imagination to flourish. Opening the mind’s eye can come at a price of doubt and hard work, but the pursuit leads to a feeling of deep fulfilment.
“Put in the work and make people feel something.”
Creating a comfortable, safe, and an open minded environment while taking people through a positive experience requires a collective of thought that Jordan and his organization Music.Art.Ppl. have fine tuned.
M.A.P. for short, is the Ottawa based organization that Jordan co-founded in 2015. It’s a collective of dedicated artists bringing quality music and art events to the nation’s capital. “It’s all about spreading art and building community,” he says with enthusiasm. Humans have been manipulating sound throughout the ages for the purpose of shifting our consciousness. We’ve used it to alter our thoughts since the neolithic cave age, transmuting to medieval cathedrals, and now the mega music festivals we have today. Music has contributed to our cultural evolution and it has reoccurred in our revolutions. Music.Art.Ppl. is part of that revolution. A unique group of talented people striving for the best vibe possible, however, keeping it social instead of unearthed loudness and confusing calamity. Their aim is to foster peoples’ creativity and sociability through delivering engaging entertainment. I’m reminded of the album title by Funkadelic, Free your mind and your ass will follow.
Jordan remembers discovering his voice through the comfortable support of other artists over the years, and he’s continually inspired to give that support back to the Ottawa community. “Ottawa is super active in the arts. There’s always something happening.” You won’t find a dress code, or suppression of expression of any sorts at Jordan’s shows. “Just laugh and feel like a kid again. Explore past your boundaries and embrace everything that makes you weird.” Vulnerability can be a big source of our fear, but Jordan breaks down barriers of social restraint, helping people enliven their vulnerability for a source of joy and creativity. His magnetic attitude is a catalyst in building strength in ourselves and by virtue, strengthening our community.
Fire Queen and Eerie Loom are other audio-expressive art projects that Jordan is currently working on. They both have unique elements that carry the listener in many directions, expanding the mind and motivating the body. To learn more about Jordan, the collective, and of his up-and-coming art projects, like Music.Art.Ppl on Facebook, check out Eerie Loom’s new album and more of Jfun on Mixcloud.