IMPULSE RESPONSE PRESENTS:
Jack Wright - saxophones, and Nate Wooley - trumpet
Thursday, September 6, 2001
8:00 PM, $5/3
The Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River St.
Jack Wright, from Boulder Colo., is one of the more outrageous saxophonists
and musical personalities of the continent. Continuously on tour, or
organizing the next one, he has been called the Johnny Appleseed of free
improvisation. To others, he is the scorned perpetrator of the "school of
screech," even though at times he is practically inaudible. He plays alto,
tenor, and soprano saxes, piano, and now pretends to play the unwieldy
contralto clarinet. For twenty years he has been doing this kind of music
exclusively, and his audiences can still be counted on a couple of hands.
Which is either a credit to his "refusal to compromise" or an indication
that he is a fool. He considers himself as much a beginner as when he
started the saxophone, back in the dark ages of the early fifties. He plays
with everyone who asks, and currently visits and explores sound with over
forty partners around the country. He records, yes, but the place where he
learns what music can do is mainly in live performance. For him, "free
music" is a verb, not a noun.
Nate Wooley, trumpet player, grew up in a small Finnish-American fishing
town on the Columbia River in Oregon. He began playing professionally at
age 13 performing a Harry James show with his father's big band throughout
the Northwest. Nate has slowly been making an Eastern pilgrimage through
Denver, Colorado where he met and played with partners such as Jack Wright,
Ron Miles, Art Lande, and Hugh Ragin. He is currently living in Jersey
City, NJ and performing with Peter Epstein and the free collective Bender.
Current projects include "The Ground", a rotating, lego-like,
compositionally driven free band, "Respirator", paying musical homage to
non-musical artists such as Marcel Duchamp and St. John of the Cross, and
Ziggy, a chamber ensemble playing the early music of David Bowie. Jack and
Nate first played together in Aug. of last year in Denver, and found common
ground for further adventuring. They both performed at the NONET festival
in Denver in Jan., and when Nate moved east to the New York area they met
again, playing at the Knitting Factory in NY in May. They will be playing
in Boston following the event in Albany, with bassist Mike Bullock.
For more information, see http://www.ir-music.org
Or call (518) 273-0552
Scott Smallwood - iEAR Studios Technical Director
Clinical Assistant Professor of Computer Music
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Troy, NY.