Thursday 4 October 2018, 7.30pm
Comprising three improvisers with backgrounds in jazz, modern classical music, and rock, HTrio breathes new life into the classic tenor Sax / Bass / Drums format. Nate Wooley joins the group for a UK tour.
Nate Wooley is one of the rising stars of the American experimental scene, a trumpet virtuoso whose musical explorations have taken him through ecstatic jazz, free improvisation, drone composition, and noise into a place very much his own, characterised by intense dynamics, an acute awareness of space, and a complex and organic sense of structure. Recent collaborators include John Zorn, Chris Corsano, Akron/Family, Peter Evans, Wolf Eyes, Joe Morris, and Evan Parker.
“A word or two is in order about Wooley’s approach to his instrument. While the spatial innovations of Bill Dixon and Wadada Leo Smith are certainly referenced, the humor of Lester Bowie is also in evidence, and I even hear the chronologically disparate but equally luscious tones of Tony Friscella and Arve Henrikson on occasion. An extraordinary listen.” - Marc Medwin, Dusted Magazine
Tenor saxophonist Mark Hanslip emerged in the mid-2000s as a key player on the London jazz scene, gigging nationally and internationally with groups including Outhouse, Nostalgia 77, Jonathan Bratoeff Quartet and Twelves, and has appeared on over 30 recordings on labels including Babel, F-iRE, Tru Thoughts, FMR and Tombed Visions. Now based in the north, he co-leads organ trio The Revival Room with keyboardist Adam Fairhall, plays in trio with laptop wizard Federico Reuben and drum legend Paul Hession, and is touring with his improvising group HTrio plus guest US trumpeter Nate Wooley. He is also engaged in doctoral practice-led research into generative systems for improvised music at York University.
Otto Willberg is a London based musician performing on the Double Bass. He currently performs with the funk/junk/punk band Historically Fucked, Alex Ward’s large groups, Andreae/Birchall///Willberg and leads the naive groove group Early Nite.
b.1984. Drummer from Standish, North West of England. Based in Manchester since 2004. Associated acts: LoneLady (live and on various recordings prior to March 2015), Kiran Leonard (live band member since end 2013), Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura, Yerba Mansa, Birchall/Cheetham duo, Andreae/Birchall/Cheetham trio, H Trio (with Mark Hanslip & Otto Willberg), Mark Hanslip duo, Easter, Butcher the Bar (live and on forthcoming record), Irma Vep (live in various incarnations), The Swamps (live, occasionally), David Birchall/Andrew Cheetham/Colin Webster/Otto Willberg quartet, Andrew Cheetham/Colin Webster/Otto Willberg trio, formerly with Stranger Son Of WB.