Thursday, March 2, 2017
if ART Gallery Concert Series presents:
Ken Vandermark / Nate Wooley Duo
THURSDAY, May 11, 2017
8:30 pm (doors open @ 8:00 pm)
if ART Gallery
1223 Lincoln St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Columbia’s if ART Gallery presents on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 8:30 p.m., a concert by saxophone and clarinet player Ken Vandermark and trumpet player Nate Wooley. The concert is part of the duo’s current United States tour. Admission is $10; concert, at 8:30; doors open at 8:00.
A winner of a 1999 McArthur Genius Grant at the age of 35, Vandermark has been among the world’s most celebrated free- and improv jazz composers, saxophonists and clarinet players for decades. He and his Vandermark 5 ensemble are among the most prominent representatives of the Chicago jazz scene. Vandermark has played in Columbia several times, including a memorable 2009 concert at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with the Dutch Ab Baars Trio.
Wooley was called by Downbeat magazine “one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players living today, and that is without hyperbole.” He’s one of the most sough-after trumpet players of the Brooklyn, NY, jazz and new music scene and has played with legends such as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Eliane Radique and Fred Frith.
Vandermark and Wooley have been operating in each other's orbits for several years, having worked together with Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, Agusti Fernandez and Terrie Ex before putting together their duo project. In 2013 they toured the
United States for the first time. With this unique ensemble, they deal directly with each other's iconoclastic compositional and improvisational vocabularies and have created a book of original material that takes inspirational cues from the under-appreciated work of John Carter and Bobby Bradford; two of those musicians’ compositions are part of the group's repertoire. Vandermark and Wooley 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 this duo. In 2014, Vandermark and Wooley released their record East By Northwest.