16–17 September 2024

Photo by Julia Dratel

Nate Wooley – Two-Day Residencyw/ Ken Vandermark, Paul Lytton plus performances of Eliane Radigue, Annea Lockwood and more

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Nate Wooley (b.1974) was born in Clatskanie, Oregon and began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of thirteen. He made his debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic at the opening series of their 2019 season. Considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn, Wooley has been gathering international acclaim for his idiosyncratic trumpet language.

Wooley moved to New York in 2001 and has since 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 John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Eliane Radigue, Annea Lockwood, Ken Vandermark, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada. He has premiered works for trumpet by Christian Wolff, Michael Pisaro, Annea Lockwood, Ash Fure, Wadada Leo Smith, Sarah Hennies, Martin Arnold, and Eva-Maria Houben.

Wooley received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award in 2016. He was the recipient of the Instant Award for Improvised Music and the Spencer Glendon First Principles Award in 2020. He is a 2022 NYFA/NYSCA Fellow in Music and Sound. He is the 2024 Jean Macduff Vaux Composer-in-Residence at Mills College.

For ten years, he was the editor-in-chief of their online quarterly journal Sound American, which was dedicated to broadening the definition of American music via print and online publications. His essays have appeared in The Baffler, The New York Review of Books, and Contemporary Music Review.

Cafe OTO’s generous two-day residency is an extension of Nate’s now-defunct festival in New York entitled For/With. It features music made specifically in long-standing collaborations, either with composers such as Radigue and Lockwood (with whom he has worked for a decade) or with improvisers such as Lytton and Vandermark (with whom he’s worked with now for almost twenty years). The residency also features a chat between Wooley and writer and educator Louise Gray, touching on collaborative work in composition, improvisation, and music writing.

“Trumpeter Nate Wooley is among the most exploratory and esoteric players/composers in creative improvisation.” – All About Jazz