Firehouse 12  45 Crown Street  New Haven, CT 06510  203.785.0468

Nate Wooley and Blue Collar Friday, October 13, 2006
8:30p $15 The on-line box office is closed.
Please call (203) 785-0468 for tickets.
10:00p $10 The on-line box office is closed.
Please call (203) 785-0468 for tickets.
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Nate Wooley : trumpet
Steve Swell : trombone
Tatsuya Nakatani

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This concert is part of a Special Season Ticket. Click here for details.

Blue Collar is a free improvising trio that explores the possibility of stopping time. The group's goal with each piece of music is to subtly change the listening environment, to infuse silence with a specific meaning. Though the instrumentation leaves room for brash, jazz-oriented interjections, Blue Collar turns its attention to the smallest and subtlest of sonic details, creating music that takes its cue from speech, silence, and the everyday sounds that are taken for granted.

"By and large, the defining sound of Blue Collar is the unconventional and unbridled brass experimentalism of Wooley and Swell, who freely range from microscopically detailed and quiet Doerner-style acoustics-as-electronics passages to harsh blustering at the outer fringes of brass timbres. The music cuts across recent trends in
improvised music, often favoring a restricted, economical, sparse, slow style, but it's usually somewhat loud, explosive, and faintly "expressive" instead of being quiet and austere. Unique and powerful music by accomplished musicians at the nexus of current developments in improvised music. This is that hot mix of FMP-style free improv and Tibetan ritual orchestra jams you've been waiting for all these years. It's here. Dig it."
- Michael Anton Parker

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