The Westerlies (“prevailing winds from the West to the East”) are a New York-based brass quartet comprised of childhood friends from Seattle: Riley Mulherkar and Chloe Rowlands on trumpet, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone.
“Skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers” (NPR’s Fresh Air), The Westerlies explore jazz, roots, and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids: music that is both "folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music).
Following the quartet's critically acclaimed self-titled 2016 release, the ensemble has engaged in a number of high profile collaborations on stage and in studio with Fleet Foxes, Common, Vieux Farke Toure, Dave Douglas, and Theo Bleckmann.
Equally at home in concert halls and living rooms, The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues and projects with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along.
The Westerlies '17-'18 season included concerts at the National Gallery of Art, The Cilburn, Mobile Chamber Music, Musical Masteworks Old Lyme, Joye in Aiken, and Delta State University, in addition to residencies at Clefworks Montgomery, AL, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts Rockport, ME, and Yellowbarn. The ensemble was also featured with Fleet Foxes at Coachella, Hollywood Bowl, The Greek Theatre Berkeley, Red Rocks, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Santa Fe Opera, Outside Lands SF, Panorama NYC, and Pitchfork Music Festival.
Educational and community engagement is a core element of The Westerlies' mission. Each season, the ensemble reaches thousands of students around the country with their innovative and inspiring assemblies and masterclasses.
The Westerlies in Performance
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