photograph by Ziga Koritnik
Nate Wooley (b. 1974) grew up in Clatskanie, Oregon. He began his professional music career at age 13, performing in big bands with his father, before studying jazz and classical trumpet at the University of Oregon and University of Denver. He settled in New York in 2001, and maintains an active schedule in jazz and experimental music in the US and abroad.
His work as an interpreter, improviser, and composer exists within the contemporary conjuncture of contemporary classical, jazz, noise, and electronic music. While a large part of his work has consisted of solo improvisation and composition, he has collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Éliane Radigue, Annea Lockwood, Yoshi Wada, Christian Wolff, Wadada Leo Smith, and others.
Wooley has performed as a soloist or commissioned composer at SWR Donaueschingen, Musica Polonica Nova, Wroclaw Jazztopad, Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, A’larme Berlin, Music Unlimited, and numerous international jazz festivals. He has been an artist in residence at London’s Café Oto and Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room. He was a 2016 recipient of the Foundation of Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award in Music/Sound.
Wooley is the founder of the For/With Festival which commissions and premieres works created through collaboration between composer and perfomer, all with an emphasis on radical timbral techniques and improvisation within composition.
Wooley is also the editor of Sound American, an online journal intended to provide demystified information on contemporary experimental music to its readership with the intention of expanding and perpetuating a base audience for the radical and avant-garde. He is currently the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music and teaches at the New School for Social Research.