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Willem De Koch

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Willem de Koch is a trombonist, composer, and educator. He is co-founder of The Westerlies, the brass quartet whose music “occupies a lively territory between jazz, Stephen Foster-styled folk and chamber music with bracing melodies and, crucially, an undeniable sense of fun” (Chris Barton, LA Times). The Westerlies have produced two critically acclaimed albums of genre-defying chamber music: their 2014 debut, Wish the Children Would Come On Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz, and a 2016 double-CD of primarily original compositions, The Westerlies. Sought-after collaborators, The Westerlies were recently featured on Fleet Foxes’ Crack-Up (2017), and Dave Douglas’s Little Giant Still Life (2017); they spent much of the past season touring with Fleet Foxes in support of their new release, including performances at Coachella, Red Rocks Ampitheatre, and Hollywood Bowl

Album

This Land

Label: Westerlies Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Fiddle and the Drum; Land; Two Good Men; Another Holiday; Tear the Fascists Down; Look for the Union Label; Wade in the Water; The Jolly Banker; Grandmar; In the Sweet By and By / The Preacher and the Slave; I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore; Das Bitten der Kinder (Recitation); Das Bitten der Kinder; Looking Out; Thoughts and Prayers

Album

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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Article: Album Review

The Westerlies: Wherein Lies the Good

Read "Wherein Lies the Good" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


The dynamic and inventive brass quartet The Westerlies explores an eclectic array of pieces on its third release, the mesmerizing Wherein Lies the Good. Consisting of four jazz-leaning horn players, the ensemble, in addition to interpreting delightful originals, delves into the modern classical, art-rock and folk repertoires. The album opens with trombonist Andy Clausen's ...

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Article: In Pictures

The Westerlies at The Zurcher Gallery

Read "The Westerlies at The Zurcher Gallery" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


Article: Album Review

Alchemy Sound Project: Further Explorations

Read "Further Explorations" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Un settetto di ottimi musicisti provenienti dalle più diverse esperienze, per sviluppare cooperativamente un repertorio che unisca il jazz con la musica da camera: questo è l'Alchemy Sound Project, qui al debutto disccografico. In realtà la formazione originale è un quintetto, singolarmente -ed è una buona notizia -compsoto da tre donne e due uomini, ...

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Article: Hi-Res Jazz

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 ...

Album

At The Reception

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2014
Track listing: A Walk in the Rain; Forgiveness; Daylight; Trish; Barber Shop; Ironbound; Redux #2 (Daylight); Prepaid Funeral; First Light; Sweeter Than The Day; Disingenuous Firefight; At the Reception; Redux #4 (Sweeter Than the Day).


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