Westerlies Reviewed on Fresh Air! by Zubin Hensler

We are thrilled to announce that our album was reviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air on July 7th! The review, by critic Kevin Whitehead, is a wonderfully thoughtful piece. Please give it a listen here: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/07/329518203/the-westerlies-come-on-home-with-horvitz

We’ve gotten a few other nice reviews lately:

Nate Chinen for Jazztimes 
John Garratt for Popmatters.com
Kurt Gottschalk for The New York City Jazz Record

Thanks for listening!

The Westerlies Release Debut Album! by Zubin Hensler

Dear Friends,

We are extremely excited to announce the release of our debut album Wish The Children Would Come On Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz, out today on Songlines Recordings. Recorded last August during The Westerlies’ annual retreat to Lopez Island in Washington, we are thrilled to FINALLY be able to share this music with you.

We invite you to preview and purchase the music through our very own WEB STORE, where we offer a variety of fancy digital and physical formats along with exclusive bonus content you won’t find anywhere else. A physical purchase through our web store means that a member of The Westerlies will handpick your CD from our reserves, package and address an envelope by hand, and personally walk your parcel to the nearest post office. (Hint: if you also order a Westerlies Tote Bag, your CD will be extra safe during the shipping process.)

In addition, the album is also available for purchase through Songlines RecordingsiTunesAmazon, and many other fine retailers!

If you like what you hear, tell your friends!! If you don’t, tell your enemies!!

Thank you for the continued support.

LOVE,

THE WESTERLIES

Album Release Announcement! by Zubin Hensler

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to announce that our debut album, Wish the Children Would Come On Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz, will be released on Songlines Recordings in May, and we will be celebrating with an official album release show at CORNELIA STREET CAFE on SUNDAY, MAY 25th.

Here is a link to our show listing in their calendar:

http://corneliastreetcafe.com/downstairs/Performances.asp?sdate=5/25/2014&from_cal=0

and here is a link to our album on the Songlines website:
http://songlines.com/release/wish-the-children-would-come-on-home-the-music-of-wayne-horvitz/

If you're in the New York area, please join us! If not, do not fret, as we have a variety of concert dates lined up for this summer, including an official Seattle album release show at the Royal Room on August 8th and a west coast tour!

UPCOMING SHOWS:

TUESDAY, APRIL 22nd at 8pm
w/ Landlady and Relatives
Live @ Shea Stadium
20 Meadow Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

SUNDAY, MAY 25th at 8:30pm
NYC Album Release Show
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
Greenwich Village, NY 10014

FRIDAY, JUNE 27th at 8pm
Earshot Jazz Summer Series w/ Human Feel
Plestcheeff Auditorium @ Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA

TUESDAY, JULY 1st at 3:45pm
Vancouver Jazz Festival
Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8TH at 8pm
Seattle Album Release Show
The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Avenue
Seattle, WA

Stay tuned for our summer west coast tour dates! That's all for now.

Earshot, 2014 so far by Zubin Hensler

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated for two Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards this year! We are currently in the running for Alternative Jazz Group and for Concert of the Year (for our performance with Dave Douglas at this year's Earshot Jazz Festival). It is an honor for us to be included among some truly stellar musicians on the ballot this year.

If you have not yet voted, you can find the ballot here:
http://earshot.org/Calendar/golden_ballot.asp

There is no registration required, but the ballots are due TOMORROW (Monday, March 3rd), so get your votes in quick!

2014 has already proven to be an exciting year. We started it off with a very successful fundraiser show for our forthcoming album at the Royal Room on January 3rd. It was humbling to witness the magnanimous generosity of our hometown crowd. We truly do appreciate everybody's support. Speaking of our album, Wish the Children Would Come On Home is nearing completion; the final master has been sent to manufacturing! We are planning on doing a big release show in New York, and will be celebrating with an album release party in Seattle at our favorite venue, The Royal Room. We will of course be posting the release party date when we get it nailed down. Following the album release, in August we will be embarking on our first official tour, from Seattle down to Los Angeles. Expect more details on that to come.

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

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!