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Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

In his return to Madison, Chicago woodwind explorer Ken Vandermark is joined by New York trumpeter and improvisor Nate Wooley for a night of adventurous solo and collaborative performance. While performing with a roster of innovative musicians such as John Zorn and Fred Frith, Wooley has developed a reputation for his revolutionary style of aggressive extended technique. Both Wooley and Vandermark tend to break the barrier between "traditional" playing and extended performance, with an emphasis on utilizing the entirety of the instrument—resulting in expressive, colorful pieces. On their collaborative track "Another Lecture (For Walter Benjamin)," Wooley and Vandermark trade off between an acute unison and a free space populated with sudden spurts of isolated independence. Melodies weave in and out in an inventive manner, and new lines emerge and veer off into new territories. New sounds are exposed yet padded with refreshing, cadential motion. —Emili Earhart