Nate Wooley & ElSaffar | Fujiwara | Mathisen Trio


Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 8:00pm


$15 ($10 students, use code STUDENT19)




NATE WOOLEY is a leading light of the international movement to redefine the physical boundaries of improvised trumpet, using a combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification, feedback, and compositional rigor. One of the most sought-after musicians of his generation, he has performed regularly with John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Eliane Radigue, Ken Vandermark, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, Yoshi Wada, Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson.
AMIR ELSAFFAR is an expert trumpeter with classical and jazz background who has created techniques to play microtones and ornaments idiomatic to Arabic music that are not typically heard on the trumpet. He is a purveyor of the centuries old, now endangered, Iraqi maqam tradition, which he performs actively as a vocalist and santur player. As a composer, ElSaffar has used the subtle microtones found in maqam music to create an innovative approach to harmony and melody.

TOMAS FUJIWARA is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer. He is an active player in some of the most exciting music of today, with his bands Triple Double (with Gerald Cleaver, Mary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook, Ralph Alessi, and Taylor Ho Bynum), Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up (with Jonathan Finlayson, Brian Settles, Halvorson, and Michael Formanek); and a diversity of creative sideman work with forward thinking peers like Tomeka Reid and Matana Roberts.

OLE MATHISEN is a saxophonist, composer and teacher. He earned a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied arranging with Maria Schneider, composition with Ed Green, and saxophone with Bob Mintzer, and he holds a Bachelor Degree from Berklee College of Music. Ole is the assistant director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University, where he also has been teaching saxophone and directing ensembles since 2005.

April 3: Nate Wooley & ElSaffar | Fujiwara | Mathisen Trio

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