Nate Wooley’s Argonautica

Thursday, June 26, 2014. 8:00 pm

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 with Wooley 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.