At Roulette: Nate Wooley’s Argonautica

    June 26, 2014 all-day
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    509 Atlantic Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11217
    At Roulette: Nate Wooley’s Argonautica @ New York | United States

    At Roulette

    Nate Wooley’s Argonautica

    Nate Wooley, trumpet
    Ron Miles, cornet
    Cory Smythe, piano
    Joe Malone, Fender Rhodes and electronics
    Rudy Royston, drums
    Devin Gray, drums

    Argonautica is a new project that combines elements of aleatoric and minimalist compositional aesthetics and forces them the prism of early fusion (when jazz/rock was dirty). Designed as an homage to Wooley’s early trumpet hero, Ron Miles, Argonautica seeks to find a new way to tell a story begun on the latter’s “My Cruel Heart” from the early 90s. The group is a double trio withWooley and Miles on trumpets, new music firebrand Cory Smythe on piano, avant-electro keyboard whiz Joe Malone, and Rudy Royston and Gerald Cleaver on drums. The compositions, written especially for this concert, set up swirling asymmetrical hockets and soundspaces that give flexibility to the musical personalities of each member of the band. It is an organism, moving in part or in toto, sometimes in two directions at once, but always with purpose.