The Westerlies (“prevailing winds from the West to the East”) are a New York based brass quartet comprised of four friends from Seattle, Washington: Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler on trumpet, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone.
The Westerlies' sophomore release showcases the quartet in a boldly personal setting, presenting original music by each member of the ensemble in vivid sonic detail captured by GRAMMY-winning producer Jesse Lewis (Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, Roomful of Teeth, Brooklyn Rider, LA Phil). Following their critically acclaimed debut album Wish the Children Would Come On Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz, this project further explores jazz, folk, and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids: music that is both "folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous.” - NPR Music.
Equally at home in concert halls and living rooms, The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along.
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about the ensemble
The Westerlies reimagine the chamber music experience through boldly personal performance, recording, collaboration, education, and outreach. Since their inception in 2011, they have cultivated a new brass quartet repertoire featuring over 50 original compositions as well as adaptations of Ives, Ellington, Bartok, Ligeti, Stephen Foster and numerous traditionals. The Westerlies' music exudes the warmth of their longstanding friendships and reflects broad interests of the band members. The Westerlies perform without sheet music, allowing a direct connection to the audience that is all too rare in the chamber music world.
Recent engagements include The Newport Jazz Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn, New Music Bryant Park, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland, NYU Skirball Center, Cooper Hewitt Museum, The New School, The Juilliard School, Seattle Symphony, The Festival of New Trumpet Music, Juilliard in Aiken Festival, Music in the Mountains (Durango, CO), Vancouver Jazz Festival, Roulette, Constellation Chicago, Seattle Art Museum and Earshot Jazz Festival. Active collaborators, The Westerlies have worked with artists in a variety of disciplines, including Vieux Farke Toure, Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell, Julia Easterlin, visual artist David Foarde, Cocoon Central Dance Team, Choreographer Garth Johnson, and Juilliard Dance.
September 10th, 2016 • 7:00pm • New York, NY (US) @ Le Poisson Rouge
September 16th, 2016 • 7:30pm • Brooklyn, NY (US) @ Union Hall
September 25th, 2016 • 3:00pm • West Stockbridge, MA (US) @ No. Six Depot
September 26th, 2016 • 8:00pm • Hudson, NY (US) @ The Spotty Dog
September 27th, 2016 • 8:00pm • Providence, RI (US) @ House Concert
September 29th, 2016 • 8:00pm • Baltimore, MD (US) @ An Die Musik
September 30th, 2016 • 8:00pm • Washington, DC (US) @ Sofar Sounds
October 2nd, 2016 • 7:00pm • Pittsburgh, PA (US) @ SixThreeFour
October 3rd, 2016 • 8:00pm • Ann Arbor, MI (US) @ Canterbury House
October 4th, 2016 • 8:00pm • South Bend, IN (US) @ Merrimans Playhouse
October 5th, 2016 • 8:00pm • Chicago, IL (US) @ The Hideout
October 7th, 2016 • 8:00pm • Madison, WI (US) @ Madison Central Library
October 10th, 2016 • 8:00pm • Minneapolis, MN (US) @ Icehouse
October 12th, 2016 • 6:00pm • Columbus, OH (US) @ Refectory
October 13th, 2016 • 8:00pm • Cleveland, OH (US) @ Bop Stop
October 18th, 2016 • 8:00pm • Brooklyn, NY (US) @ Roulette
October 23rd, 2016 • 7:00pm • San Francisco, CA (US) @ SF Jazz (w/ Dave Douglas)
October 23rd, 2016 • 8:30pm • San Francisco, CA (US) @ SF Jazz (w/ Dave Douglas)
October 24th, 2016 • 7:00pm • Reno, NV (US) @ UNR (w/ Dave Douglas)
October 27th, 2016 • 7:30pm • Eugene, OR (US) @ The Shedd (w/ Dave Douglas)
October 28th, 2016 • 8:00pm • Portland, OR (US) @ PDX Jazz (w/ Dave Douglas)
October 29th, 2016 • 8:00pm • Seattle, WA (US) @ Earshot Jazz Festival (w/ Dave Douglas)
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