Solo composition & improvisation

ANNEA LOCKWOOD'S BECOMING AIR PERFORMED AT MILLER THEATER'S COMPOSER PORTRAIT

NOVEMBER 14

 

FOR/WITH VOLUME 3 AT BROOKLYN'S ISSUE PROJECT ROOM

NOVEMBER 15/16

FEATURING PREMIERES OF TWO NEW COMMISSIONED SOLO WORKS BY SARAH HENNIES AND EVA-MARIA HOUBEN

FIRST ALL ELECTRONIC SOLO RELEASE:

 

Tisser Tissu Editions is proud to announce the first release of an all electronic solo recording by Nate Wooley. "Three Studies for Future Uncertainties" was released in April of 2020 in TTE's chapbook formatting, featuring a short story by Wooley, writings about the music and art from Wooley's frequent collaborators Jen Mesch and Ryan Sawyer. Designed by Lasse Marhaug, the elegant and beautiful chapbook is reasonably priced and comes with a download for two 18 minute pieces for sine tones and manipulated solo trumpet: Study for a Mass and Wobble Study.

 

 

UPCOMING RELEASES OF FOR/WITH MATERIAL

 

After three successful years of two-night commissioning festivals, For/With has come to an end. The works commissioned by Wooley over this period will slowly begin to be released over the next two years, beginning with Michael Pisaro's stem-flower-root, which will be released at the end of 2020 as a chapbook with writings by Wooley and Pisaro on Tisser Tissu Editions, and the collaborative work Becoming Air, made with Annea Lockwood will be released on a Black Truffle LP in 2021.

 

MORE ABOUT WOOLEY'S SOLO WORK

 

Wooley’s solo playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet.  Along with Peter Evans and Greg Kelley, Wooley is considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn, as well as demolishing the way trumpet is perceived in a historical context still overshadowed by Louis Armstrong.  A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings “exquisitely hostile”.

IMPROVISATION

 

Wooley's improvisation encompass the jazz tradition of the trumpet from its earliest practitioners and explode outward to encompass the entire body, voice, and the use of amplification to amplify inaudible sounds and sculpt feedback. His solo performances often veer from deconstructions of the American songbook to large washes of noise and quiet storytelling.

 

He is working on a new recording that will document his recent experiments with the voice and acoustic trumpet.

COMPOSITION

 

With the release of The Complete Syllables Music on Pleasure of the Text Records, Wooley places his decidedly iconoclastic stamp on the world of contemporary composition for trumpet.

 

He is also engaged in a commission series for works for the virtuosity of listening from iconoclastic composers such as Christian Wolff, Michael Pisaro, Annea Lockwood, and Ashley Fure. These pieces were premiered during the For/With Festivals that ran from 2017 to 2019 at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn.

Listen to Nate Wooley's "Trumpet A" from Smeraldina Rima's release of Trumpet/Amplifier.

 

An 8 minute acoustic improvisation.