Nate Wooley grew up in Clatskanie, Oregon. He began his professional music career at age 13 performing in big bands with his father, and studied jazz and classical trumpet at the University of Oregon and University of Denver. He settled in New York in 2001, and maintains an active schedule in jazz and experimental music in the U.S. and abroad.
Mr. Wooley works in contemporary classical, jazz, noise, and electronic music as an interpreter, improviser, and composer. While a large part of his work has consisted of solo improvisation and composition, he has collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Éliane Radigue, Annea Lockwood, Yoshi Wada, Christian Wolff, Wadada Leo Smith, and others.
Mr. Wooley has performed as a soloist or commissioned composer at SWR Donaueschinger Musiktage, Musica Polonica Nova, Jazztopad Festival, Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, A L’ARME! Festival, music unlimited, and international jazz festivals. He has been an artist-in-residence at London’s Cafe OTO and Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room. He was a 2016 recipient of a Grants to Artists award in Music / Sound from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
He is the founder of the For / With Festival, which commissions and premieres works created through collaboration between composer and performer, all with an emphasis on radical timbral techniques and improvisation within composition.
Nate Wooley is the editor of Sound American, an online journal intended to demystify contemporary experimental music with the intention of expanding and perpetuating a base audience for the radical and avant-garde. He is currently the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) and teaches at The New School for Social Research.