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 Nate Wooley & James Ilgenfritz (1 Albums, 1 Tracks)


Photo by Brad Buehring
  • Nate Wooley
  • James Ilgenfritz

Two artists-in-residence for 2011 in a duo set at ISSUE's future home at 110 Livingston in Downtown Brooklyn.

Bassist/Composer James Ilgenfritz approaches the double bass as an archeologist, examining rarified aspects of the instrument's sonic palette to confound the status quo. His work has been praised in Time Out New York, Signal To Noise, All About Jazz – New York, and Downbeat Magazine. Recent performances include work with George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Dick, John Zorn, Gary Lucas, Marilyn Crispell, Lukas Ligeti, and Dave Ballou. In 2007 James received a Subito grant from the American Composers Forum for a cross-country tour, performing newly commissioned semi-improvisational notated works for contrabass by composers Jeffrey Treviño, Stephen Rush, and Gordon Beeferman, culminating in a performance at Roulette in New York. Other notable performance venues where James has performed include The World Financial Center Winter Garden, The Stone, Symphony Space, the New Museum in SoHo, and the Knitting Factory Main Stage. Improvisation is central to James’s work, and he has written and lectured on the art of improvisation and its metaphorical relationship to the practical complexity of daily life.

Nate Wooley (b. 1974) grew up in a Finnish-American fishing village in Oregon. He has spent the rest of his life trying musically to find a way back to the peace and quiet of that time by whole-heartedly embracing the space between complete absorption in sound and relative absence of the same. He began playing trumpet professionally at age 13 with his father, and after studying he moved to Colorado where he studied more with Ron Miles, Art Lande, Fred Hess, and improvisation master Jack Wright. His tenure with Jack began to break Nate out of self-imposed molds and into the sound world that he has embraced as his own.

Nate currently resides in Jersey City, NJ and performs solo trumpet improvisations as well as with his trio Blue Collar with Steve Swell and Tatsuya Nakatani. He has also performed regularly with Anthony Braxton, Bhob Rainey, Alessandro Bosetti, Fritz Welch, Herb Robertson, Kevin Norton, Tony Malaby, Randy Peterson, Scott Rosenberg, Matt Moran, Chris Speed, Andrew D’Angelo, Tim Barnes, Okkyung Lee, Assif Tsahar, and other improvisation luminaries.


Live Performance

Live at 110 Livingston 6/7/11
01. Duo Set (04:49)


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