Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley at Real Art Ways

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Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley


Free improvisation meets modern composition

Presenting Chicago saxophonist/composer Ken Vandermark and New York trumpeter Nate Wooley. The two musicians have worked together to create an organic combination of the jazz tradition, free improvisation, and modern composition, and have then placed it into the raw and intimate context of a duo. With this unique ensemble, they deal directly with each other’s iconoclastic compositional and improvisational vocabularies and have created a body of original material.

They will perform pieces from their latest release, “Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow,” their two previous albums, “East by Northwest” and “All Directions Home,” plus a new set of music composed in collaboration using the “exquisite corpse” method first made popular by the Surrealist art movement.

About the Artists
Ken Vandermark was named a 1999 MacArthur “genius” Fellow and was selected as one of DownBeat’s “25 For The Future” list of most significant improvisors.

Nate Wooley, a masterful trumpeter from New York has performed on over 100 recordings. His specific style is part of a burgeoning revolution in experimental trumpet technique.

The duo’s performance at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, New York in 2017 was heralded as one of the “Concerts of the Year” by The New York City Jazz Record. Their latest album, “Deeply Discounted/Sequences of Snow,” is an exciting new statement, featuring long-form compositions written specifically for the LP format and developed while touring in North America during 2017.

Learn More About Ken & Nate

"Two of the brightest talents working at the exploratory fringes of jazz composition and improvisation."

San Francisco Jazz Center

"Vandermark has learned to harness his galvanic energy, to bring a composer's craft to the improviser's art."

Chicago Tribune