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"Battle Pieces 4" is the culmination of Wooley’s Battle compositions for quartet with Sylvie Courvoisier, Ingrid Laubrock, and Matt Moran. In 2018, after four years of twisting and torturing Wooley’s ever-expanding set of micro-compositions, the ensemble performed an evening-length set traversing the breadth of their collective history. Recorded live at Brooklyn’s Roulette Intermedium, 4 is Wooley’s last fragmented battle.
Nate Wooley explains the set-up of his Battle Pieces as a ‘social form’ which, in practice, works out as a network of nested together structures, one designated soloist improvising on the parameters of a piece as the other members of the group weave around a loose-leaf book of shorter and longer compositions; then the spotlight shifts to a different soloist. Compositional forms are digested inside improvisations that could not exist without the very thing they are devouring. If this all sounds academic and contrived, fear not. The music is quick-witted and elegantly expressive. Wooley opens with fast, yet soft sounds, mute in place; Laubrock has plenty of scope to unravel her trademark digressive lines; Courvoisier and Moran paint with rich harmonic palettes. There’s no bass, no drums, which helps keep these instrumental textures fluid and restlessly on the move, dividing and re-grouping, clustering together then fragmenting, like blood cells. Philip Clark
released November 1, 2019
Piano – Sylvie Courvoisier
Saxophones – Ingrid Laubrock
Trumpet – Nate Wooley
Vibraphone – Matt Moran
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I really love listening to this great piece of Art! The musicians are all amazing Mary Halvorson and Susan Alcorn’s guitars blend beautifully, while Nate Wooley is the main focus because the music and the concept are what I’m most thrilled with! Great stuff! Alan Ramskill