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Venue:
The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 8:00pm

Nate Wooley Quintet Alpha

Nate Wooley, trumpet
Josh Sinton, bass clarinet
Matt Moran, vibraphone
Eivind Opsvik, bass
Harris Eisenstadt, drums

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for the Philadelphia debut of the Nate Wooley Quintet Alpha. Led by the mighty trumpeter Wooley, the ensemble unites five young musicians representing the forefront of Brooklyn's jazz scene.

“Trumpeter Nate Wooley has made his name among the more texture-minded proponents of improvised music, often by distilling fresh clarity from abrasive obscurity,” writes The New York Times. Working in the margins of lowercase improv, noise and jazz musics, Wooley's unique approach to trumpet always yields exhilarating and unpredictable results. He's worked on several occasions with Ken Vandermark, C Spencer Yeh, Chris Corsano, Evan Parker, Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson and Paul Lytton, and whether in group or solo settings, Wooley ceaselessly articulates a lucid and adventurous sonic voice that explores the outer regions of extended technique and improvisation.

This quintet unites five young, leading musicians from Brooklyn's jazz scene and aims to examine and expand the American jazz vocabulary. Bass clarinetist Josh Sinton, vibraphonist Matt Moran, bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Harris Eisenstadt have carved out their own incomparable musical voices as group leaders and by working with artists such as Darcy James Argue, John Hollenbeck, Paul Motian and Sam Rivers. Inspired by Out To Lunch-era Eric Dolphy, Wooley leads this thrilling quintet through modern post-bop originals.

The Nate Wooley Quintet's debut recording, (Put Your) Hands Together, was released in 2011 by Clean Feed. A mesmerizing display of muscularity and sophisticated restraint, Wooley's ten original compositions are dedicated to the women who have made a significant impact on his life. From brutal breathy blasts, bizarre pops and bright hisses to beautifully dynamic group dialogue, (Put Your) Hands Together was one of the year's best jazz releases. Tonight the quintet will perform these, along with new, pieces.