photo by Ziga Koritnik

It's been a year of writing music, writing text, and playing live music! After the successful debuts of two new groups: Argonautica with Ron Miles, Rudy Royston, Jozef Dumoulin, Cory Smythe, and Devin Gray and Battle Pieces with Sylvie Courvoisier, Ingrid Laubrock, and Matt Moran, there has been a brief hiatus.

Now everything begins again!

October will be filled with a tour by the great new trio, Malus, featuring Chris Corsano on drums and Hugo Antunes on bass. It will be followed by a once in a lifetime performance as part of Mazen Kerbaj's night at SWR's Donaueschingen new music festival with a ridiculous line up of contemporary trumpet improvisors including Greg Kelley, Peter Evans, Mazen, Axel Doerner, Franz Hautzinger, and Liz Allbee!

November is full of world premieres, starting with a US tour with clarinetist Carol Robinson during which they will perform the US and world premieres of works by Eliane Radigue (Occam X for solo trumpet, written for Nate) and Denis Dufour. Immediately following, Nate and the quintet will open Wroclaw's Jazztopad festival in Poland. He is one of three musicians (with Erik Friedlander and Wadada Leo Smith) to be commissioned to write new work for the festival. His "Psalms from Hell" for cello quartet, soprano voice, and amplified trumpet (based on a text by William Blake) will be premiered here.

On the recording front, next year will bring the release of a duo recording with Ken Vandermark and a solo Paul Lytton electronics CD on Pleasure of the Text, as well as the release of Battle Pieces on Relative Pitch and Argonautica on Firehouse 12 Records!

There are a few new things on this site as well! Go to the throw down your hammer and sing page to read a short essay written by Nate for the ROVA newsletter about his early influences growing up on the shores of the Columbia River, as well as an interview on the topic of "originality" for the great webzine, Tokafi found in writings and curation.

New cds as well! Especially proud to feature the new one from Jeremiah Cymerman entitled World of Objects featuring Nate and British saxophone legend Evan Parker! Get your copy plus much more at the Buy Music page.