Wooley Uses Arts Grants To Bring More Awareness To Jazz Music

Upcoming performer at The Alternate Space, Nate Wooley, was a 2016 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) Grants to Artists Award.

 Wooley's 2016 Grants to Artists award supported the recording and production of [Syllables] (Pleasure Of The Text Records, 2017), a solo work consisting of four CDs, a book of essays, and a book of scores that raises questions about the necessity of success and failure in instrumental technique. With his award Wooley also commissioned composer Christian Wolff's first piece for solo trumpet, For Trumpet Player (2017).

 Upon receiving the award, “ I decided... that I would invest in the creation of long-term musical projects that would push me physically and conceptually as well as confront the public's view of my work as being jazz-based. It was the time to do this anyway, and the support given by the FCA allowed me to move forward without hesitation... it gives me a great amount of satisfaction to know that, for the next five years, I can make every artistic statement I would like without the fear of economic disaster. ”

 The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place on April 25th at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Nate Wooley Seeks To Broaden Representation of American Music

Nate Wooley will be co-headlining the upcoming April 25th performance at The Alternate Space, alongside Ken Vandermark. What some may not know is that Wooley, who has gathered international acclaim for his idiosyncratic trumpet language, also has another passion - broadening the definition of American music.

 Wooley is the curator of the Database of Recorded Music (DRAM) and the editor-in-chief of their online quarterly journal, Sound American, both of which are dedicated to broadening the definition of American music through their online presence and the physical distribution of the music through Sound American Records. DRAM is a not-for-profit resource providing education communities with on-demand streaming access to CD-quality audio, complete original liner notes and essays from independent record labels and sound archives. The primary focus is the preservation and dissemination of important recordings that have been neglected by the commercial marketplace, recordings that may otherwise become lost or forgotten.

 DRAM is available to anyone at a participating university, college or public library.

 The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place on April 25th at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

An Interview with Ken Vandermark

If you’re interested in getting to know a bit more about upcoming performer Ken Vandermark, we recommend watching this interview which details how he went from being a film student to a 7-11 employee to the musician he is today.

 Interview with Ken Vandermark

 The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place on April 25th at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

A Genius in the Midst

We are lucky to welcome a recognized genius to The Alternate Space for an upcoming performance on April 25.

 In 1999, Ken Vandermark was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” grant. Vandermark was awarded a $265,000 prize which was then awarded on an age-based scale to creative leaders and meant to enable them to pursue their creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. The fellowship was somewhat controversial, due to Vandermark's relative youth and obscurity. He was 35 and known mostly in Chicago, while other jazz performers awarded the fellowship were older and better-known.

 In the 20 years since the prestigious award was given, Vandermark has made a name for himself both nationally and internationally in the jazz music scene. While he may now call Chicago home, the Massachusetts native is excited to return to New England for this one-of-a-kind performance at The Alternate Space alongside trumpet player Nate Wooley.

 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: 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.