Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley
Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley Duo

Andy Warhol Museum

January 21
8 p.m.

The Warhol Museum kicks off a new year of cutting-edge sound and performance with a special evening of music by two leading experimental jazz composers.

The museum’s intimate theater will provide the perfect setting for the evocative boundary breaking sounds of saxophonist Ken Vandermark and trumpeter Nate Wooley. This unique concert will feature two solo sets, followed by a duo set. The pair is currently touring together in support of their new duo release, East by Northwest, out now on Pleasure of the Text, the experimental music label run by Wooley.

A jazz composer, saxophonist and clarinet player, Ken Vandermark was born in Warwick, RI in 1964. A long-standing fixture on Chicago’s vibrant music scene, Vandermark has earned extensive critical praise for his multilayered compositions, intricate orchestrations and passionate improvisation.

The recipient of a 1999 MacArthur Fellowship, Vandermark—who is equally at home playing jazz, improv, noise and rock and roll—has been a member of many prolific groups and has collaborated with numerous musicians. Among them are the DKV Trio, Spaceways Inc., The Vandermark 5, Territory Band, NRG Ensemble and RARA AVIS. Vandermark’s current projects include Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy.

Born in 1974 in the small town of Clatskanie, OR, Nate Wooley began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at age 13. After relocating to NYC in 2001, Wooley became a top in-demand trumpet player in Brooklyn’s burgeoning jazz, improv, noise and new music scenes. He has performed regularly with iconic musicians such as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Eliane Radigue, Fred Frith and Yoshi Wada, and has collaborated with emerging pioneers like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh and Mary Halvorson.

Known for his groundbreaking approach to improvised trumpet, Wooley’s sound combines vocalization, extended techniques, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification, feedback and complex compositions. Along with performing at high profile festivals around the globe, Nate also finds time to work as curator of the Database of Recorded American Music and editor-in-chief of the online journal, Sound American.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.