Beyond playing trumpet, Nate is a champion for the dissemination of new and experimental music. He is currently one of the curators of collections and archives at the Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM). His recent projects include the preservation, digitization and presentation of the historic concerts at Phill Niblock's Experimental Intermedia space, Mills College of Contemporary Music, and the presentation of Ben Hall's epic southern gospel 45 collection. He has recorded numerous interviews with such musical iconoclasts as Eliane Radigue, Tom Johnson, Evan Parker, Anthony Coleman, Elliott Sharp and novelist Rick Moody for presentation in his groundbreaking series "The Listeners", available for streaming to the subscribers of DRAM.
Nate is also a curator for DRAM and New World Records at Free Music Archive. His essays have included work on the Edition Wandelweiser school of composition, Lee Hyla, Eliane Radigue, and Morton Feldman among others. This group of pieces is intended to find a middle ground of interest in new music between the grizzled veterans of abstract conceptual music in theory and practice and those that may be discovering it for the first time.
Nate is known for his honesty and openness on the practice and social structure of improvisation and especially the historical contextuality of the trumpet in jazz and improvised musics. Examples of his thoughts can be found in a series of interviews over the past 3 years.