Anton Kern Gallery will be open late on Saturday, May 11, as part of Frieze New York’s Chelsea Night. The gallery will host a special performance by HEAVE AND SHUDDER from 7-8pm. The event is free and open to the public.
HEAVE AND SHUDDER is a collaboration between Audrey Chen (cello/voice) and Nate Wooley (trumpet). The music they make is a collision and a melding of two alarmingly strong solo voices, which push the physical limits of their respective instruments as well as their individual sonic languages.
AUDREY CHEN (b. 1976) is a Chinese-American musician, based in Berlin, Germany. Using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of a homemade analog synthesizer, preparations and traditional, and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.
Chen maintains an active international touring schedule with both her solo and collaborative projects. This year, 2013, she will be touring solo and with her two current duo projects with Phil Minton and KAMAMA, with drummer, Luca Marini. Two album releases include a trio with Nate Wooley and C. Spencer Yeh on Monotype (Warsaw), and a duo record with Phil Minton on Subrosa (Brussels). New upcoming projects include work with the German artist, John Bock and a collaborative project based on her solo work with the widely acclaimed Kronos Quartet.
NATE WOOLEY (b. 1974) is an American musician based in Jersey City, NJ. He is one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. Wooley is considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to re-define the physical boundaries of the horn, as well as demolishing the way trumpet is perceived in a historical context. A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings “exquisitely hostile”.
Wooley has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson. His work has been featured at the SWR JazzNow stage at Donaueschingen, the WRO Media Arts Biennial in Poland, Kongsberg, North Sea, Music Unlimited, and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals, and the New York New Darmstadt Festivals. In 2011 he was an artist in residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY, and Cafe Oto in London, England. In 2013 he will perform at the Walker Art Center as a featured solo artist.