Nate Wooley (b. 1974, Clatskanie, OR) ) works as an interpreter, improviser, and composer within the contemporary conjuncture of contemporary classical, jazz, noise, and electronic music. He has performed as a soloist or commissioned composer at SWR Donaueschingen, Musica Polonica Nova, Wroclaw Jazztopad, Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, A’larme Berlin, Music Unlimited, and numerous international jazz festivals. He has been an artist in residence at London’s Café Oto and Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room. He was a 2016 recipient of the Foundation of Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award in Music/Sound.
He made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2018 as a soloist in Ashley Fure’s triple concerto Filament. Wooley 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. Wooley is also the editor of Sound American, and is currently the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music and teaches at the New School for Social Research.