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andrewcsmith on 03/08/2011 at 11:00AM

Nate Wooley: really raw, and loud, and uncomfortable, and personal

ISSUE Artist-in-Residence Nate Wooley, performing this Friday at ISSUE (FREE | RSVP), sat down with bassist, composer, and Artist-in-Residence James Ilgenfritz for an extended interview and some improvised takes as part of James's series Ten Thousand Hours.

Nate details what it is that makes him uncomfortable—which he sees as success. His residency at ISSUE, he says, is a chance for him to "rewrite my whole vocabulary in a way," and go beyond his solo acoustic and his amplified trumpet work to make something "really raw, and loud, and uncomfortable and personal." Interspersed throughout are excerpts from his and James's improvisations, which are also separate tracks on the album made for re-listening.

Also make sure to check out a video of Nate in his studio, talking about his upcoming piece Seven Storey Mountain, which he'll be performing as part of his ISSUE residency.

Trumpeter Nate Wooley speaks about his upcoming projects as Artist In Residence at Issue Project Room and his projects with longtime collaborators like Paul Lytton and C. Spencer Yeh, as well as his work with amplified trumpet in a more noise-based sonic environment, and his work in three great contemporary jazz quintets: those of saxophonist Matt Bauder, drummer Harris Eisenstadt, and his own quintet: an ensemble whose instrumentation mirrors the iconic ensemble of Eric Dolphy’s Out To Lunch album. He discusses the influence of trumpeters Ron Miles and Herb Robertson, recent developments in trumpet lineage and the antecedents to the current renaissance of creative trumpet music.

Nate Wooley is a relative newcomer to improvised music circles, breaking into that public’s consciousness with his solo recording, “wrong shape to be a storyteller” (Creative Sources Recordings) two years ago. Growing up in a small fishing town in Oregon, Nate got a solid jazz education from his father in a northwest coast dance band, but eschewed the tradition of jazz trumpet to concentrate on extreme sound, touring and recording with such hard noise and rock groups as Melee, Graveyards, and Akron/Family. He has performed and recorded with such jazz figures as Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Joe Morris, William Parker, John Butcher, Ned Rothenberg, Ikue Mori, and Steve Beresford.

AIR: Nate Wooley (Promo Short) from ISSUE Project Room on Vimeo.



John Badger on 03/09/11 at 10:10PM
Supremely enjoyable.
johnOTO on 03/10/11 at 09:59AM
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Nice one.
andrewcsmith on 03/10/11 at 02:51PM
Realized I posted on Nate almost a year ago, of one of my favorite sets. Check that one out here (and if you're in Brooklyn, Friday's concert is totally free):
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