Roberts / Wooley

Mariel Roberts + Nate Wooley

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Already among the most well known musicians of their generations, Mariel Roberts (cello) and Nate Wooley (trumpet) have quickly developed international reputations for their dedication to the advancement of music. Wooley’s iconoclastic, expectation-defying playing and Roberts’ fearless technical prowess highlight why they are at the forefront of the jazz and classical musical worlds. Roberts and Wooley each will be presenting solo sets.


Mariel Roberts, cello
Simon Steen-Anderson - Study for String Instrument No. 2
Alex Mincek - Flutter
Iannis Xenakis - Kottos

Nate Wooley, trumpet
Nate Wooley - For Kenneth Gaburo: TCACNO
Solo Improvisation

Mariel Roberts and Nate Wooley
Duo Improvisation

Argeo Ascani

“Trailblazing” cellist Mariel Roberts (Feast of Sounds) is quickly gaining recognition as a deeply dedicated interpreter and performer of contemporary music. Recent performances have garnered praise for her “technical flair and exquisite sensitivity” (American Composers Forum), as well as her ability to “couple youthful vision with startling maturity.” (InDigest Magazine). She holds degrees from the Eastman School and the Manhattan School of Music, where she specialized in contemporary performance practice while studying with Alan Harris and Fred Sherry. Roberts is a performer of international reach who has played throughout the US and Europe, appearing both as a soloist and with ensembles such as Signal, Wet Ink, Dal Niente, S.E.M, the Nouveau Classical Project, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. Roberts’ premiere solo album, nonextraneous sounds, was released on Innova Recordings in September 2012. The record, consisting of new works commissioned by Roberts, received high accolades from sources such as Time Out New York, Time Out Chicago, the American Composers Forum, New Sounds with John Schaefer, and WQXR radio.

Nate Wooley has become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson.

Along with Peter Evans and Greg Kelley, Wooley is considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn. A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings “exquisitely hostile.” Time Out New York has called him “an iconoclastic trumpeter,” and Dave Douglas, DownBeat’s Jazz Musician of the Year, said, “Nate Wooley is one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players living today, and that is without hyperbole.” Wooley’s work has been featured at SWR JazzNow stage at Donaueschingen; WRO Media Arts Biennale, Poland; Copenhagen Jazz Festival, and the New York New Darmstadt festivals, among others.

Roberts / Wooley
Studio 2
February 12, 2014, 7:30PM

EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA