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Nate Wooley: Solo Improvisation

February 12, 2014

Nate Wooley has become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson.

Along with Peter Evans and Greg Kelley, Wooley is considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn. A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings “exquisitely hostile.” Time Out New York has called him “an iconoclastic trumpeter,” and Dave Douglas, DownBeat’s Jazz Musician of the Year, said, “Nate Wooley is one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players living today, and that is without hyperbole.” Wooley’s work has been featured at SWR JazzNow stage at Donaueschingen; WRO Media Arts Biennale, Poland; Copenhagen Jazz Festival, and the New York New Darmstadt festivals, among others.

PROGRAM
Nate Wooley - For Kenneth Gaburo: TCACNO
Solo Improvisation

CURATOR: ARGEO ASCANI

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