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LISTENING MIX // Nate Wooley

LISTENING MIX provides a musical preview for artists visiting the Walker. Combining their work with sounds from a variety of contextual sources, LISTENING MIX can be experienced before or after a performance. In anticipation to this season’s first Sound Horizon performance by contemporary trumpeter pioneer Nate Wooley, familiarize yourself with his creative approach to his instrument […]

Nate Wooley, Photo: Peter Gannushkin

Nate Wooley. Photo: Peter Gannushkin

LISTENING MIX provides a musical preview for artists visiting the Walker. Combining their work with sounds from a variety of contextual sources, LISTENING MIX can be experienced before or after a performance.

In anticipation to this season’s first Sound Horizon performance by contemporary trumpeter pioneer Nate Wooley, familiarize yourself with his creative approach to his instrument and his music with this week’s LISTENING MIX. Wooley’s in-gallery sound explorations take place this Thursday (March 21) in 30-minute performances beginning at 6, 7, and 8 pm.

Wooley seeks to push his instrument and its historical forms to their limits. With full-bodied enunciations and a wide array of experimental intonations (hissing, buzzing, humming, and growling), Wooley communicates wandering, playful, and fearless melodies. Merging multiphonic vocalizations, virtuosic glissandos, and musical breathing, he simultaneously inhabits the worlds of jazz, new-music, and noise. For this music mix, I chose to feature songs from a few experimental American composers (Cage, Brown, Erb) who share Wooley’s interest in extended techniques. Although far away from jazz, I’ve also included musicians such as Björk and Bell Orchestre for their commitment to exploratory tones and timbres.

 

LISTENING MIX // Nate Wooley by Listening Mix on Mixcloud

Nate Wooley Quintet / Shanda Lea 1 / 0:0
Chicago Underground Duo / Funeral of Dreams / 3:33
Björk / The Anchor Song / 9:50
Boban Marković Orkestar / Otpisani / 13:22
Jakob, Mads & Mathias / Dust In Wong / 20:00
Nate Wooley Quintet / Pearl / 26:55
Felix Kubin & ensemble Intégrales / Obelisk / 29:11
Kelly Rossum / The Slider / 31:12
Nate Wooley Quintet / Shanda Lea 2 / 34:00
Donald Byrd & Booker Little / Quiet Temple / 36:55
Donald Erb / Twirling Fanfare / 41:37
Earle Brown / December 1952 / 44:53
John Cage / A Flower / 46:55
Bell Orchestre / Recording A Tunnel (The Horns Play Underneath The Canal) / 50:26