January 2010

International House Philadelphia3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 Map
Price: $10 General Admission
Monday, December 7, 2009 - 8:00pm

Wooley-Yeh-Corsano Trio + Rempis-Rosaly Duo

Please join us for what is sure to be a night of incendiary music. Two very unique improvising groups together for a special one-night extravaganza.

Wooley-Yeh-Corsano Trio
Nate Wooley, trumpet
C. Spencer Yeh, violin + electronics
Chris Corsano, drums

"Nate is, without hyperbole, one of the most individual and interesting trumpet players out there today." -Dave Douglas

Nate Wooley (b. 1974) grew up in a Finnish-American fishing village in Oregon. He has spent the rest of his life trying musically to find a way back to the peace and quiet of that time by whole-heartedly embracing the space between complete absorption in sound and relative absence of the same. He began playing trumpet professionally at age 13 with his father, and after studying he moved to Colorado where he studied more with Ron Miles, Art Lande, Fred Hess, and improvisation master Jack Wright. His tenure with Jack began to break Nate out of self-imposed molds and into the sound world that he has embraced as his own. Nate currently resides in Jersey City, NJ and performs solo trumpet improvisations as well as collaborating with such diverse artists as Anthony Braxton, Paul Lytton, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Marilyn Crispell, Wolf Eyes, Akron/Family and David Grubbs.

C. Spencer Yeh was born in Taipei, Taiwan 1975, and is now based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Yeh is active both as a solo and collaborative artist, as well as with his primary project, Burning Star Core. As an improviser, Yeh is focused on developing a personal vocabulary using violin, voice, and electronics. As a sound artist/composer, Yeh works with all aspects available surrounding a work, aurally and physically, as elements key to the cumulative experience. He is concerned not only with the sensual aspects of 'sound organization,' but the gestural qualities as well. Yeh has collaborated with a deep and ever-growing list of artists and groups, including Tony Conrad, New Humans with Vito Acconci, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore, Amy Granat with Jutta Koether, Okkyung Lee, Justin Lieberman, John Wiese, Don Dietrich and Ben Hall (as The New Monuments), Prurient, and Jandek.

Chris Corsano is a multi-faceted drummer; a list of his collaborations attests to that fact. He's recorded and gigged with, among others, Paul Flaherty, Michael Flower, Björk, Jim O'Rourke, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, Nels Cline, Jessica Rylan, Jandek, Six Organs of Admittance, Sunburned Hand Of Man, Okkyung Lee, MV&EE, Keiji Haino, Vampire Belt, Joe McPhee, Christina Carter and Heather Leigh Murray. First captivated by free improvised music in the mid '90s after witnessing performances by TEST, William Parker, Cecil Taylor and others, Corsano began a long-standing high-energy partnership with Paul Flaherty in 1998. Moving from western Massachusetts to Manchester, England in 2005 and then Edinburgh, Scotland a year later, Corsano focused on developing an expanded solo percussion music of his own, incorporating sax reeds, violin strings and bows, pot lids, adhesive tape and other household devices into his drumkit. In February 2006 he released his first solo recording, The Young Cricketer. In 2007 and '08 he was the drummer on Björk's Volta world tour. With a move back to Massachusetts, 2009 heralds a return to his own projects, most notably his duo with Michael Flower and solo work, now revamped to include synthesizers and contact mics in addition to his drum kit and home-made acoustic instruments.

Rempis-Rosaly Duo
Dave Rempis, alto saxophone
Frank Rosaly, drums

Saxophonist Dave Rempis, best known for his work in the Vandermark Five, and drummer Frank Rosaly, now featured in the acclaimed Scorch Trio, have performed and recorded together in countless projects since Rosaly arrived on the Chicago scene in 2001, including the Thread Quintet, the Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten Quintet, The Outskirts, and The Rempis Percussion Quartet. Both musicians have established themselves as prominent players in the active milieu of the Chicago jazz scene, and spend as much time on the road in North America and Europe as they do at home. The duo has been active since 2004, and focuses on the process of free-improvisation. Their long-standing musical relationship in so many different contexts provides them the ability to navigate a broad sonic palette, and to continually push each other away from their individual comfort zones. While both musicians are comfortable in the more abstract sonic spaces pioneered by European improvisers, neither one shies away from hard-hitting grooves or melodies. Having allowed this relationship to develop gradually over the years, their first cd is scheduled for release on 482 Music in the fall of 2009.