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The Westerlies

The Westerlies, “an arty quartet…mixing ideas from jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk” (New York Times) 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. 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. Formed in 2011, the self-described “accidental brass quartet” takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East

Wherein Lies the Good

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Robert Henry; In the Mornin'; Weeping Mary; Wherein Lies the Good; Golden Gate Gospel Train; Travelin' Shoes; Remember Me; Born Ten Thousand Years Ago; Do Unto Others; The Kiss; From the Very First Time; Laurie; Eli; Chickendog and Woodylocks; Memories; Entropy, Pt. 1; Entropy, Pt. 2; Entropy, Pt. 3.

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The Westerlies: Wherein Lies the Good

Read "Wherein Lies the Good" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

In un singolare cocktail di varie anime (musica da camera e fanfara, jazz e folklore), il brass quartet qui documentato, originario di Seattle, nato nel 2014 e oggi di stanza a New York, confeziona un lavoro (il suo terzo) di oltre un'ora procedendo per lo più compatto (anche se le singole voci non ne risultano per ...

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Take Five with Andy Clausen

Read "Take Five with Andy Clausen" reviewed by Andy Clausen

Meet Andy Clausen Andy Clausen is a New York-based trombonist, composer, and educator. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he currently serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at New York Youth Symphony. Clausen is also a founding member of The Westerlies, an award winning new music brass chamber ensemble. From Carnegie Hall to Coachella, The Westerlies ...

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Jim Black, Danilo Gallo, Alabaster DePlume, Jeremy Cunningham & Other New Releases

Read "Jim Black, Danilo Gallo, Alabaster DePlume, Jeremy Cunningham & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In the second part of this week's exploration of new and upcoming release [for the first part click here] we focus, in particular, on the work of drummer Jim Black with his new trio and as a member of the outstanding band Dark Dry Tears led by Italian bassist Danilo Gallo, and on another batch of ...

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Generation Next: Four Voices From Seattle

Read "Generation Next: Four Voices From Seattle" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Each generation, an insidious notion arises, and is passed about the musical world that jazz music, the only uniquely American art form is somehow experiencing a slow, but certain death. Inevitably, this notion is set aside, and somehow projected forward in time, as a new generation of artists rise to the occasion, not only facilitating the ...

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The Westerlies: The Westerlies

Read "The Westerlies" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il quartetto di ottoni The Westerlies è formato da musicisti originari di Seattle che, dopo collaborazioni giovanili nella città dello stato di Washington, si sono successivamente ritrovati a suonare insieme nell'area di New York, dove si erano trasferiti separatamente. Il nome del quartetto si ispira a tale spostamento da Ovest verso Est, la stessa direzione che ...

The Westerlies

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2016
Track listing: A Nearer Sun; So So Shy; New Berlin, New York; Saro; Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself; The Beekeeper; Where's The Music?; Double Situation; Lopez; The Shop; The Beach; Rue des Rosiers; Run On Down; Edomala; Ruddy Ducker; Songs My Mother Taught Me; All to Ourselves.

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The Westerlies: New Music For Brass In Hi Res

Read "The Westerlies: New Music For Brass In Hi Res" reviewed by Mark Werlin

The Westerlies, a self-titled album performed by an “accidental brass quartet" of two trumpet players and two trombonists, is a stunning accomplishment: a reference-quality recording of trans-genre new instrumental music that managed to beat the odds and reach a wide audience. The album's unexpected success points to the importance of curation in an overcrowded online music ...

Wish the Children Would Come on Home

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2015
Track listing: Please Keep That Train Away from My Door; 9/8; Sweeter Than the Day; Interlude 1; Triads; The Band with Muddy; You Were Just Here; Interlude 2; The Circus Prospered; Home; Waltz from Woman of Tokyo; Interlude 3, Love, Love, Love; Barber Shop; The Store, The Campfire; Wish the Children Would Come on Home.


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