Nate Wooley Columbia Icefield

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Nate Wooley Columbia Icefield

From 20 May 2020 to 31 May 2020
Nate Wooley (trumpet and amplifier), Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar), Mary Halvorson (electric guitar), Ryan Sawyer (drums and vocals)

This electric quartet is a new direction in Wooley's musical aesthetic. A departure from his usual electro-acoustic work, with its leanings toward harsh noise, Columbia Icefield is the first recording of compositions inspired by the geographic site which gives the band its name. This massive mountain of ice feeds the Columbia river--the same that Wooley saw every day of his youth in Oregon at the river's Pacific terminus.

The music here, while still dealing in the intensity and humanity of Wooley's projects like Seven Storey Mountain and The Almond, are serene and stoic; a beautiful set of "songs" that are, as the composer admits, "the closest I've ever come to expressing the central tenet of who I am and where I'm from.”

"The Prettiest, Most Progressive Campfire Music Ever" (The New York TImes)