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Cellist, trumpeter explore unconventional sounds

“The sounds are not traditionally pretty and may even be called ugly,” cellist Mariel Roberts says of the contemporary music she and trumpeter Nate Wooley (below) play. “But to us they’re beautiful.”
“The sounds are not traditionally pretty and may even be called ugly,” cellist Mariel Roberts says of the contemporary music she and trumpeter Nate Wooley (below) play. “But to us they’re beautiful.”
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Cellist Mariel Roberts and trumpeter Nate Wooley are leaders in what is called the contemporary music scene. Both will perform on Wednesday at EMPAC on the RPI campus. Contemporary music is not generally the type of music orchestras or most ensembles play. In fact, some might not even call what Roberts and Wooley play music, at least in the conventional sense. Rather, it is about sound, its timbre, how it’s produced, how it’s used. Where ...


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