AMN Reviews: Nate Wooley – Argonautica [ Firehouse 12 Records FH12-04-01-023 ]

 

Trumpeter, composer, and improviser Nate Wooley has performed regularly as a sideman with many of the leading musicians on the New York new music scene including icons such as Anthony Braxton and John Zorn. He has also collaborated with many of the brightest of his generation such as Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson. Embracing noise and drone aesthetics, Wooley’s unique approach to the trumpet is a combination of standard techniques, vocalization, extreme extended techniques and amplification. But Nate Wooley is not just another iconoclast; he is a curator, a writer, an editor and an explorer of all things sonic and musical. Check out his online quarterly journal Sound American  or his Database of Recorded American Music .

Argonautica is an ambitious work that takes its name from the ancient Greek epic poem which depicts the adventure of Jason and the Argonauts in their quest for the Golden Fleece. The piece is in three parts with an introduction and scored for three pairs of instruments – trumpets, pianos and drums. This allows for various duos and trios to work together or separately as they explore the material. Wooley conceived the piece as a tribute to his mentor Ron Miles whom performs on this recording. Argonuatica opens with a “solo” from the trumpets. Here Wooley and Miles demonstrate their individual approaches to the instrument with Miles’s lyrical cornet to Wooley’s rougher more extended trumpet voice. This seeming opposition remains with all of the pairs of instruments – the acoustic piano of Cory Smythe paired with the Fender-Rhodes and electronics of Jozef Dumoulin and the free jazz drumming of Devin Gray with the more spirited precision of Rudy Royston. The pairs move from contrast to opposition to complement as the material is explored. There are written or scored elements that are precisely performed, followed by more open sections used by the performers to develop the material as they navigate to the next scored element giving this forty three minute piece a very organic feel. There is a continuous build up from sparse to dense, from slower to faster as various duos and trios emerge until the piece ends in a shattering climax.

Wooley cites the oblique influence of things like ambient tape music, dodecaphony, jazz-rock and the minimalist rock of Terry Riley.  With Argonautica he raises the question “… is this what jazz-rock can be in the twenty-first century?” However, do not take this to mean that Argonautica is “fusion” or sounds like any of these influences. To quote Wooley: “It’s easy sometimes to confuse being inspired by something with adhering to its principles.”

Argonautica is a solid piece of contemporary creative music performed by exceptional musicians. It is beautifully recorded and mixed. In addition to the MP3 and CD versions there is also a high-resolution audio mix available (would love to hear that). If you are not already a Nate Wooley fan then this recording is very likely to make you one.

Highly Recommended!

For more information: http://firehouse12records.com

Chris De Chiara

Inbetweens/DeProphetis/Dalachinsky-Maneri/Berne at RUCMA

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From New Yorks’ Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:

Start: 01/25/2010 – 7:00pm
7PM – The Inbetweens: Mike Gamble (guitar), Noah Jarrett (bass), Conor Elmes (drums)
8PM – Maryanne DeProphetis/Ron Horton/Landon Knoblock/Dean Johnson: Maryanne DeProphetis (voice), Ron Horton (trumpet), Landon Knoblock (keys), Dean Johnson (bass)
9PM – Steve Dalachinsky/Mat Maneri: Steve Dalachinsky (poetry), Mat Maneri (violin, viola)
10PM – Four Limones: Tim Berne (alto sax), Rick Parker (trombone), Mark Aanderud (keys), Hernan Hecht (drummer)

The Local 269
269 East Houston
at the corner of Suffolk Street
F to Second Avenue
Admission: $10 per set / $20 for the night
Students/seniors: $7 per set / $15 for the night
For More Info:
http://www.myspace.com/rucmanyc
http://www.visionfestival.org
http://www.artsforart.org

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Myra Melford’s The Whole Tree Gone Out Today On Firehouse 12 Records

From Improvised Communications:

Today is the official street date for The Whole Tree Gone, pianist/composer Myra Melford’s Firehouse 12 Records debut.

Her first recording as a bandleader since 2006, and second with her longstanding ensemble, Be Bread, The Whole Tree Gone documents the latest evolution of eight original compositions she has been performing with this and other groups for the past five years.

“Melford’s compositions for an obviously inspired sextet comprising trumpet (Cuong Vu), clarinet (Ben Goldberg), guitar (Brandon Ross), acoustic bass guitar (Stomu Takeishi) and drums (Matt Wilson) are works of fine art,” writes saxophonist and jazz critic, Chris Kelsey, “and her piano playing gains more depth with every passing year. Wonderful music.”

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RUCMA Shows

From New York’s Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:

January 11
TONY TIMES TWO!
7PM
Iron Dog
Sarah Bernstein – Voice
Stuart Popejoy – bass guitar, synth
Andrew Drury – Drums

8PM
Tony Malaby‘s Paloma Recio
Tony Malaby – Saxes /Eivind Opsvik – Bass
Ben Monder – Guitar / Nasheet Waits – Drums

9PM
Tony Malaby’s Paloma Recio
Tony Malaby – Saxes /Eivind Opsvik – Bass
Ben Monder – Guitar / Nasheet Waits – Drums

10PM
TBA

for more information visit:
http://www.RUCMA.org
http://www.visionfestival.org
Next Week

January 18

7PM
Cup of Joe, No Bull
Katie Bull – Voice / Joe Fonda – Bass

8PM
Yoon Sun Choi / Sacks / Sperezza
Yoon Sun Choi – Voice
Jacob Sacks – Keys / Vinnie Sperezza – Drums

9PM
McPhee / Duval / Cappozzo
Joe McPhee – Tenor sax, pocket trumpet
Dominic Duval – Bass / Jean-Luc Cappozzo – Tmp

10PM
Stephen Gauci’s Basso Continuo
Stephen Gauci – Tenor Sax / Ken Filiano – Bass
Herb Robertson – Trumpet / Mike Bisio – Bass

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January at Ars Nova Workshop

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Friday, January 8, 8pm
BEN PEROWSKY QUARTET
Chris Speed, tenor saxophone + clarinet; Ted Reichman, accordion; Trevor Dunn, double-bass; and Ben Perowsky, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$10 General Admission

Sunday, January 17, 7pm
FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET | PHILADELPHIA

OPEN CIRCUIT INTERNATIONAL TRUMPET ENSEMBLE
Taylor Ho Bynum (USA), cornet; Jean-Luc Cappozzo (France), trumpet; Franz Hautzinger (Austria), trumpet; Joe McPhee (USA), trumpet; Itaru Oki (Japan/France), trumpet; Herb Robertson (USA), trumpet; William Parker (USA), bass; and John Betsch (USA/France), drums

MERIDIAN ARTS ENSEMBLE WITH DAVE BALLOU
John Ferrari, drums; Daniel Grabois, horn; Benjamin Herrington, trombone; Brian McWhorter, trumpet; Jon Nelson, trumpet; Raymond Stewart, tuba; and Dave Ballou, trumpet

CHICAGO UNDERGROUND DUO
Rob Mazurek, cornet + electronics; and Chad Taylor, percussion

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street $12 General Admission

Friday, January 22, 8pm
KEN VANDERMARK SEPTET performs the music of DON CHERRY
Ken Vandermark, reeds; Dave Rempis, saxophones; Jeb Bishop, trombone; Jason Adasciewicz, vibraphone; Pandelis Karayorgis, Fender Rhodes + piano; Nate McBride, el. bass + double-bass; and Chad Taylor, drums

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street $12 General Admission

Thursday, January 28, 8pm
JASON AJEMIAN’S DAYDREAM FULL LIFESTYLES
Rob Mazurek, cornet; Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone; Jason Ajemian, bass; and Chad Taylor, drums

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street $12 General Admission

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Modfest Previewed

From Chronogram Magazine:

On January 23, Joe McPhee and Friends (Richard Teitelbaum on keyboards and Thurman Barker on drums and percussion ) will perform. McPhee is a multi-instrumentalist (and Poughkeepsie resident) who solos on tenor, alto and soprano saxophone, trumpet, pocket trumpet, trombone, clarinet, cornet, didgeridoo, and flugelhorn. He also sometimes sings. Though McPhee, at 70, is a major figure in avant-garde jazz, his music is not hysterical or ear-splitting. His playing is gracious and considered. I asked McPhee what he calls his genre. “I call it ‘Po music,’” he replied. “’Po’ is a language indicator to show that provocation is being used to move from a fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones. It refers also to words like possible, poetic, positive, etc.”

Electronic music pioneer Milton Babbitt, who is 93, will engage in a public conversation with Vassar music professor Richard Wilson, followed by a performance of Babbitt’s work by the Argento Ensemble (January 24).

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Another ESP-Disk’ Show in New York

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From ESP-Disk’:

Tuesday, January 19th
ESP-Disk’ LIVE @ The Bowery Poetry Club

10pm
Flaherty-Corsano-Carter
Paul Flaherty – alto and tenor sax
Chris Corsano – drums
Daniel Carter – woodwinds and trumpet

11pm

Joe Morris Trio (ESP 4056)
Joe Morris – guitar
Steve Lantner – piano
Luther Gray – drums

The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery New York, NY 10012
Between Houston and Bleecker
F train to 2nd Ave or 6 train to Bleecker

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