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Masterclass: Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley

Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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World-renowned saxophonist Ken Vandermark and extented-technique trumpeter Nate Wooley present a masterclass.

Born in Warwick, Rhode Island, Ken Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in Film and Communications from McGill University during the spring of 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990s onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts with many internationally renowned musicians. In 1998, Vandermark was included among Downbeat Magazine’s "25 For The Future," a group of the most significant improvising musicians under the age of 40. He has since been selected as a MacArthur Fellow (1999) and Artist-in-Residence for the Chicago Jazz Festival (2012). He was named among the "Musicians Of The Year" by All About Jazz (2004) and one of “40 Cultural Heroes” by Time Out Chicago (2008). His current activity includes work with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio, and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America, and Japan, and his concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed, both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone.



Nate Wooley was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, where he began playing trumpet professionally at the age of 13 with his father, a big band saxophonist. He moved to New York in 2001, and has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, and has collaborated with Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson. Wooley’s solo playing has often been cited as being part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet. His work has been featured at the SWR JazzNow stage at Donaueschingen; the WRO Media Art Biennale in Poland; the Kongsberg, North Sea, Music Unlimited, and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals; and the New York New Darmstadt Festivals. In 2011, he was an artist-in-residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn and Cafe Oto in London, England. In 2013, he will perform at the Walker Art Center as a featured solo artist. Wooley is the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music and the editor-in-chief of its online quarterly journal Sound American, both of which are dedicated to broadening the definition of American music. He also runs Pleasure of the Text, which releases music by composers of experimental music at the beginnings of their careers in rough and ready mediums.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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