Nate Wooley is an idiosyncratic trumpet player, prominent in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. His work combines vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor that border on “exquisitely hostile” sound.
Wooley's work has been featured at the SWR JazzNow stage at Donaueschingen, the WRO Media Arts Biennial in Poland, Kongsberg, North Sea, Music Unlimited, and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals, and the New York New Darmstadt Festivals. In 2011 he was an artist in residence at Issue Project Room and Cafe Oto in London. He is the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music, the editor-in-chief of their online quarterly journal Sound American, and lead organizer of Pleasure of the Text.
For his Auditorium residency, Wooley develops antiphonal music works from the model of Giovanni Gabrieli's polychoral style. Wooley uses an 8 speaker set up at Knockdown Center as two slowly twisting and disintegrating brass choirs; each in themselves become less and less recognizable and consonant. The result is an acoustic mix of decaying consonance. Live trumpet provides dissonant underpinning by adding a third improvising choir.