Meet The Musician: Nate Wooley

Leading up to the April 25th improvisational performance, Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow, at TAS - we are going to introduce you to the two artists gracing our workshop for this one of a kind performance.

 Nate Wooley will be joining Ken Vandermark for the special performance. He began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13. Wooley grew up in a small Oregon town, a place of relative quiet and slow time reference. This instilled in Wooley a musical aesthetic that has informed all of his music making for the past 20 years, but in no situation more than his solo trumpet performances.

Wooley's solo playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet. In recent years, Wooley has been gathering international acclaim for his idiosyncratic trumpet language. Time Out New York has called him “an iconoclastic trumpeter”, and Downbeat’s Jazz Musician of the Year, Dave Douglas has said, “Nate Wooley is one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players living today, and that is without hyperbole.”

 Wooley has numerous albums to his name, the most recent of which - Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow - will be featured at TAS on April 25.

The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Meet The Musician: Ken Vandermark

Leading up to the April 25th improvisational performance, Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow, at TAS - we are going to introduce you to the two artists gracing our workshop for this one of a kind performance.

First up is Ken Vandermark. Vandermark is a Massachusetts native and will be coming home for this special, one-time gig. A fixture on the Chicago-area music scene since 1989, Vandermark is a jazz composer, saxophonist and clarinetist. He has earned wide critical praise for his playing and his multilayered compositions, which typically balance intricate orchestration with passionate improvisation.

He has led or been a member of many groups, including the Fourth Stream while an undergraduate at Montreal’s McGill University, Lombard Street and Mr. Furious in Boston, and the Joe Harriott Project in Chicago. These are just a few of the many groups Vandermark has been a member of. He has since collaborated extensively with other artists.

Vandermark has numerous albums to his name, the most recent of which - Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow - will be featured at TAS on April 25.

The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

DEEPLY DISCOUNTED II/SEQUENCES OF SNOW: A Night of Improvisational Performance by Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley

TAS is excited to welcome back Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley for an improvisational performance on April 25, 2019. Vandermark and Wooley are TAS veterans and we expect the duo to put on a performance not to be forgotten.

The duo will be performing long-form compositions from their third recording together, an LP titled Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow, released in December 2018. TAS is one of the first stops on the US tour in support of the LP. The duo will perform some pieces from their first three recordings alongside a new set of music composed in collaboration using the “exquisite corpse” method first made popular by the Surrealist art movement.

The event, sponsored by Seven Cycles, brings improvised jazz music into a bicycling manufacturing environment where creativity, motion and hard work happen. The musicians will play together to create an organic combination of jazz tradition, free improvisation, and modern composition.

The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

TAS Welcomes Vandermark, Nilssen-Love, and Ex on January 8, 2018

TAS is thrilled to be welcoming back Ken Vandermark for another performance on January 8, 2018.  Ken Vandermark, a Massachusetts native, will be coming home for this special, one-time gig. A fixture on the Chicago-area music scene since 1989, Vandermark has earned wide critical praise for his playing and his multilayered compositions, which typically balance intricate orchestration with passionate improvisation. He has led or been a member of many groups, collaborated extensively with other artists, and was awarded a 1999 MacArthur Fellowship. He plays tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and baritone saxophone.

Performing with Vandermark, for the first time at TAS are Terrie Ex, Paal Nilssen-Ex, and a Norwegian bassist. Terrie Ex, born Terrie Hessels, started playing guitar when he co-founded The Ex in 1979 born out of the punk explosion and have since performed  1900 concerts together.  Ex has free-improvised from the very start, from a little guitarsolo on the Awara/Ex 7" in 1981 until recent tours with Han Bennink, impro-groups Offonoff and Lean Left (with Ken Vandermark, Andy Moor and Paal Nilssen-Love).  To produce impro-projects and African Music, he founded the TERP label in 2000 where he has collaborated with Tsehaytu Beraki, Getatchew Mekuria, Konono No.1 and Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed and released 25 CDs so far.

Paal Nilssen-Love has played an active part since 1990 in the jazz milieu in Stavanger and joined bands with established musicians such as trumpeter Didrik Ingvaldsen and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad.  During his studies at the Jazz department at the University in Trondheim, where the first self-initiated bands were established, things developed fast – and Paal was nationally acknowledged at the age of 20.  Paal moved to Oslo in 1996, where he joined and/or took part in the forming of bands like Vindaloo, SAN, Håkon Kornstad Tio, The Quintet and Frode Gjerstad Trio. He later on got more into self-initiated projects and collaborations with Swedish musicians, such as pianist Sten Sandell and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.  In 2014, Nilssen-Love focused his concentration on band Large Unit and projects involving more improvisation. Being active in several bands at the same time has always been Paal’s deliberate working method.

The improvisational performance quartet HASSLES was created as a band for the first time in order to conclude Ken Vandermark’s second Stone residency at the beginning of January 2018.  The show at TAS is one stop in their concert series in North America.  Doors open at 7:30pm on January 8, 2018 and music will begin at 8:00pm with two sets of music performed.

HASSLES: A Night of Improvisational Performance by Vandermark, Nilssen-Love, and Ex

The Alternate Space (TAS) is honored to host an evening with improvisational performance quartet HASSLES featuring Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love, Terrie Ex and a Norwegian bassist. Put together as a band for the first time in order to conclude Ken Vandermark’s second Stone residency at the beginning of January 2018, HASSLES is playing a series of concerts in North America including an intimate show on January 8, 2018 at The Alternate Space in Sherborn.  Based on their previous collaborations, the music created by this lineup promises to be an electrifying and visceral inquiry of contemporary improvised music, post-punk, Tropicalia, and the freest jazz possible.

This one-night only experience featuring four of the highest regarded improvisers promises to be an evening to remember. The HASSLES performance offers the rare opportunity to enjoy a powerful musical collaboration in a unique setting not seen by many – Sherborn’s The Alternate Space. The event, hosted by Ride Headquarters, brings improvised music into a bicycling studio environment where creativity, motion and hard work happen. Patria Lanfranchi, curator of The Alternate Space is eager to welcome HASSLES, “We’re thrilled to be hosting four world renowned musicians in a new venue that allows an intimate experience for both the musicians and audience that we know will leave all in awe of the energy that resonates between these extraordinary players.”

The HASSLES performance will take place at The Alternate Space located at 11 South Main Street, Sherborn, MA 01770. Doors open at 7:30 pm followed by two sets of music starting at 8:00 pm.

Amazing Vandermark & Wooley Duo Performance!

 

The Nate Wooley and Ken Vandermark duo performance at our new Alternate Space location was an amazing success! The audience was treated to a truly unique performance filled with incredible music and close connection with both Ken and Nate.  We were honored to host the last performance on the Wooley-Vandermark tour. If you attended the event, thank you for being a part of such a great event, and if you missed it, make sure to check The Alternate Space website regularly for future performances. 

New Recording From Tim Daisy, Michael Thieke and Ken Vandermark "Triptych"

Triptych documents a first time meeting between three stalwarts from the international improvised music scene: Berlin-based clarinetist and composer Michael Thieke, Multi-reedist extraordinaire Ken Vandermark, and Chicago-based drummer and composer Tim Daisy. These three compositions and five improvisations document multiple approaches to the art of composition and improvisation utilizing an unconventional trio line-up of clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, and percussion.

Musicians :

Michael Thieke/Tim Daisy/Ken Vandermark (relay 019)

3 Compositions & 5 Improvisations by

Michael Thieke: clarinet

Ken Vandermark: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet

Tim Daisy: drums, percussion, compositions

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New York City Jazz Record Reviews Shelter

Released on March 1, 2017, the Shelter album was produced by Ken Vandermark for Audiographic Records and showcases artists:

 Steve Heather: drums & crackle box
Jasper Stadhouders: electric bass & guitar
Ken Vandermark: reeds
Nate Wooley: trumpet

New York City Jazz Record has this to say about Shelter:

“On Shelter, Wooley is part of a quartet with reedplayer Ken Vandermark, Dutch bassist/guitarist Jasper Stadhouders and Australian drummer Steve Heather. Wooley favors the more conventional style recognizable from his jazzy quintet recordings, albeit one that possesses an experimental edge. Though everyone contributes to the band’s book, meaning they traverse a wide stylistic range, there is already a cohesive group identity discernible. Wooley’s “Burnt Njal” begins with trumpet mutters and raspberries in inventive consort with tappy cymbals and squeaky noisebox. Martial cadences buoy understated almost songlike trumpet, presaging a quicksilver twisting twosome with clarinet. Wooley has forged a fertile partnership with Vandermark and such face-offs feature prominently among the best moments. Another exciting parley stands out on Wooley’s “Bartleby”, following a wonderful solo trumpet prologue and a series of fast unison phrases. Other highpoints include Vandermark’s opening “F-1”, which showcases Wooley in two discrete settings, first belaying tightly coiled figures and liquid squeals over a pounding baritone- fuelled riff, then whooshing texturally over scratchy bass and crisp drums, and Heather’s gently processional “Of Use”, which brings out brief and incongruously wayward solos from across the band. Hopefully this is a unit that enjoys an extended existence.”

Read the entire review here:  New York City Jazz Record Review of Shelter

Purchase Shelter here.

Nate Wooley: The Complete Syllables Music 4 CD Box Set Released

Four discs of solo experimentation from American trumpet conceptualist Nate Wooley, which represent the full history of his radical "Syllables" solo music, which replaces the standard technique of the trumpet with the mechanics of producing speech.

Included are re-releases of his early [8] Syllables and [9] Syllables CDs, both long out of print, as well as the premiere recording of the epic acoustic/electro-acoustic finale: "For Kenneth Gaburo" spanning 150 minutes on two discs. Package comes complete with multiple essays and a booklet of the original scores beautifully set by Lasse Marhaug.

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