Austin Cultural Exchange, in collaboration with Sound American and Astral Spirits, presents a two-night event with Nate Wooley & Ken Vandermark at the Museum of Human Achievement. The first night will be Wooley interviewing Vandermark for Sound American; the second night will be a concert of Wooley & Vandermark, both playing solo sets and then as a duo.

The two-night event is also a release show for Sound American's first book of back issues as well as the release of a companion cassette, via Astral Spirits - one side is a trio recording by Philip White/Chris Pitsiokos/C. Spencer Yeh doing a version of Cardew's "Treatise". Side B is Nate Wooley interviewing music researcher Ian Nagoski (Canary Records).

interview night:

Wednesday, 4 January

7:00 - 10:30 PM

free; all ages

concert night:

Thursday, 5 January

7:00 - 10:30 PM

$5-15 (pay-what-you-can scale)


Nate Wooley is a trumpeter in the jazz, improv, noise and new music scenes, performing solo and with a wide number & variety of collaborators including Ken Vandermark, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Evan Parker, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Fred Frith. Wooley is considered to be on the leading edge of redefining the limits & sounds of the trumpet, transforming & extending the vocabulary & reach of the instrument, a fact cited by critics & peers alike. Wooley is the the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music and the editor-in-chief of their online quarterly journal Sound American.

Ken Vandermark, a MacArthur Fellow, is one of the best saxophone & clarinet players playing right now in any genre. As leader or a member, Vandermark has been part of many groups such as The Vandermark 5, Spaceways Inc., Free Fall Trio, Flying Luttenbachers and NRG Ensemble, playing in a wide range of genres, namely jazz, free improvisation, funk, rock n roll, noise, et al. A gifted arranger & improviser, Vandermark proves, like his frequent collaborator Nate Wooley on trumpet, that there is still much to be heard & gained from the saxophone & clarinet.

Event Details

Ticket Information

  • Cost: $5

Presenter Details

  • Name: Austin Cultural Exchange
  • ACE is a monthly collaborative series at the The Museum of Human Achievement with an emphasis on community, learning, eclecticism and fun.

Venue Details

  • Address: 3600 Lyons Rd
  • City: Austin
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78702