Big Recap! by Zubin Hensler

2013 has already been a busy year, so we wanted to fill you in on a few things that have been going on and let you know what's to come.

This spring we took part in an exciting collaboration with The Juilliard School’s dance division for their Senior Production, the culmination of a year-long creative process focused on launching seniors into the professional world. Our original work with choreographer Garth Johnson, entitled these empty buildings, premiered at the Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater on May 2nd, then was selected the following week to be part of Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors Showcase at the Peter Jay Sharp Auditorium. This was the biggest stage we’ve played yet and the show went great! Hope to have video to share soon.

We wrapped up our time in New York with two performances at The Stone, where we presented a new project featuring our arrangements of music by Wayne Horvitz. Thanks to all who came out – both shows were a huge success, and we were thrilled to play at such a special venue.

Fast forward a couple months and now we’re back home in Seattle, breathing fresh air and rehearsing every day for OUR FIRST ALBUM!! We are extremely excited to announce that our debut album will feature our arrangements of music by Wayne Horvitz and will be released by Vancouver, BC label Songlines in 2014. Next week we'll be heading up to our annual residency on Lopez Island (hosted by the lovely Halperin-Green family) with Wayne and engineer Eric Eagle to record this music. Five days full of rehearsing and recording amidst the beauty of the Pacific Northwest is as good as it gets; stay tuned to hear the results.

We have two shows coming up in Seattle, one on each side of our Lopez residency:

THIS FRIDAY, August 2nd, we'll be at the Chapel in the Good Shepherd Center, one of our favorite rooms in the world. The day before we embark on our retreat, we’ll be performing all of the album’s material from start to finish. 8pm; 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, 4th Floor; $5-15 sliding scale at the door.
August 12th we'll be back home at the Royal Room in Columbia City. Fresh off the ferry from Lopez, we’ll be playing one set of Wayne's music and one set of our own material. 5000 Rainier Ave. S; please call (206) 906-9920 for details regarding tickets and reservations.
That's all for now, hope to see you soon!

Hello out there! by Zubin Hensler

Welcome to our first ever email blast!

We'll be using these to let you know about upcoming shows and any other things we've been up to.

Here's a quick recap of the last five months:

We kicked off our summer on the West Coast with a residency on Lopez Island, hosted by the lovely Halperin-Green family. Four days full of rehearsing, composing, cooking, and explorations in the great outdoors proved to be an excellent way to refresh ourselves after a hectic year in the big city; photos of our adventures can be found on our website.

In June, our friends Jason Burger (drums) and Sam Yulsman (piano) paid us a visit in Seattle to begin a new project, The Westerlies + 2. We had an incredible two-week tour of the Pacific Northwest, highlights included a performance at The Royal Room in Seattle with Wayne Horvitz and Bill Frisell and a show at So Hi Tek Gallery in Portland with Eidolons. We also got the chance to do a late night recording session under the engineering guidance of Luke Bergman, the results of which can be found here. On top of all this, we played a house concert at the Piano Studio, from which videos and recordings will be posted soon.

August began with another trip to Portland, joined by your-favorite-solo-baritone-saxophonistJonah Parzen-Johnson. We played at a cool little venue called Valentine's, and then moved on to a house concert hosted by the The Wishermen. Our summer culminated with a farewell show back in Seattle at the beautiful Good Shepherd Center.

After coming back to New York we played a show at Sycamore in Brooklyn and got to do some recording for our friends at Mason Jar Music. We also recorded a four track demo of some new music we've been working on over the last few months! It can be heard here or at our website.

That's what we've been doing... 

Here's what's next!
THIS FRIDAY, October 26th, we'll be backing up The Relatives at Union Hall! The Relatives are one of our favorite bands and we're extremely excited to share the stage with them. We will be rounding out the horn section with Westerlies family member Andrew Mulherkar. Union Hall is in Park Slope, Brooklyn and doors open at 8.

November 17th we'll be playing at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn. We'll be joined on this show by Sam Yulsman and Jason Burger, making this the first Westerlies +2 gig since June! We're sharing the bill with the Adam Kromelow Trio and Town Hall, should be a very fun night.

January 2nd we're back in Seattle at the Royal Room. This show will also serve as a fundraiser of sorts for our first album. Many more details to come on this.

That's all for now, hope to see you soon!