A trans-generation group of some of modern music's finest peforming a piece about ecstatic experience, a commission from the Festival of New Trumpet Music performed live in NYC, 2007.
Wooley / Lytton / Grubbs
Seven Storey Mountain
Label: Important Records
Released in: USA
"The Seven Storey Mountain is a trans-generation group of highly recognized figures in modern music. Paul Lytton, for instance, has been playing drums with Evan Parker since 1969. David Grubbs is recognized for his work with Jim O'Rourke in Gastr Del Sol, Bastro, Squirrel Bait & extensive solo work. Nate Wooley is one of the most exciting young trumpet players currently working and he's collaborated with Taylor Ho Bynum, Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson & many others. Wooley is a member of Blue Collar, Attach/Adorn/Decay & the Nate Wooley Quartet. The Seven Storey Mountain is one of his finest compositions to date.
The Seven Storey Mountain is an attempt to represent the ecstatic experience as described by Thomas Merton in his book of the same name, from the uncertainty, to a kind of elation, through the "dark night of the soul" and through to a feeling of peace and communion. It is by no means a religious work, nor is the ecstatic experience singular to Christianity, but is found in many disciplines, religious or otherwise, and most definitely in music from the opening chords of "Thus Spake Zarathustra" to the free jazz movement of the 60s right on up to the modern day noise work, there is an element of the ecstatic experience which draws the listener in.
"I wrote the piece with the idea that it could be performed by a rotating cast of musical personalities over the tape. I was lucky enough to premiere it with two wildly diverse and equally fascinating musicians in Paul Lytton and David Grubbs. Paul is a true experimentalist and a legend of improvisation. He has reshaped how drummers think and during our 2007 tour he completely refocused my knowledge about music improvisation with a capital I. David is an iconoclastic songwriter and soundmaker. After working with him on a few projects of his own, I've grown to respect his complete understanding of his own musical aesthetic and his ability to take fine details and weave a powerful ambient whole out of them, while letting the musicians around him contribute unfettered.
The piece is the result of a commission from the Festival of New Trumpet Music, with support from the Greenwall Foundation, in New York for 2007 and was performed to close that festival at Abrons Art Center at the Henry Street Settlement."-Nate Wooley 2009
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"Nate Wooley was born in 1974 in Clatskanie, Oregon, a town of 2,000 people in the timber country of the Pacific Northwestern corner of the U.S. He began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13. His time in Oregon, a place of relative quiet and slow time reference, instilled in Nate a musical aesthetic that has informed all of his music making for the past 20 years, but in no situation more than his solo trumpet performances.
Nate 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, Eliane Radigue, Ken Vandermark, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson.
Wooley's solo playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet. Along with Peter Evans and Greg Kelley, Wooley is considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn, as well as demolishing the way trumpet is perceived in a historical context still overshadowed by Louis Armstrong. A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings "exquisitely hostile".
In the past three years, Wooley has been gathering international acclaim for his idiosyncratic trumpet language. Time Out New York has called him "an iconoclastic trumpeter", and Downbeat's Jazz Musician of the Year, Dave Douglas has said, "Nate Wooley is one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players living today, and that is without hyperbole". His work has been featured at the SWR JazzNow stage at Donaueschingen, the WRO Media Arts Biennial in Poland, 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, NY and Cafe Oto in London, England. In 2013 he performed at the Walker Art Center as a featured solo artist.
Nate is the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music (www.dramonline.org) and the editor-in-chief of their online quarterly journal Sound American (www.soundamerican.org) both of which are dedicated to broadening the definition of American music through their online presence and the physical distribution of music through Sound American Records. 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."-Nate Wooley Website (http://natewooley.com/about)
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Performed live at Abrons Art Center, New York, NY on September 29, 2007. Recored by Jon Rosenberg, mixed and mastered by Reuben Radding at Studio Stats.
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