Two performances, 7pm is Nate Wood’s fOUR and at 9:30pm hear Nate Wood’s fOUR plus Shane Endsley.
“I’m an introvert,” insists Nate Wood. “I actually get more energy from myself than with others. I can work days on end by myself and stay motivated.”
The acclaimed multi-instrumentalist (who, despite his protestations, is actually quite affable) is no stranger to working with other musicians — throughout his storied career, Wood has recorded or performed with the likes of Wayne Krantz, Tigran Hamasyan, The Calling, Donny McCaslin, Chaka Khan and Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders. He’s also a core member of the Grammy-nominated jazz collective Kneebody and a sought-after studio engineer.
But his new project, fOUR, is truly an ambitious take on going solo. Here, Wood is playing everything — analog synths, drums and bass, while sometimes adding vocals — at the same time. As well, he’s recording every song in one pass with no overdubs, click track or pre-recorded backing tracks. “That’s why it’s called fOUR, because it’s me with four limbs playing four instruments at once,” says Wood.