Riley Mulherkar – trumpet
Zubin Hensler – trumpet
Andy Clausen – trombone
Willem de Koch – trombone
The Westerlies celebrate the release of their sophomore album, featuring original music by each member of the ensemble alongside songs by Duke Ellington, Charles Ives, and an English folk song arranged by Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon. Following their critically acclaimed debut album Wish the Children Would Come On Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz, the album is a boldly personal set of music that is equally virtuosic and vulnerable. The Westerlies perform without sheet music, allowing a direct connection to the audience that is all too rare in the chamber music world.
The Westerlies (“prevailing winds from the West to the East”) are a New York-based brass quartet comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle: Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler on trumpet, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone. 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). Equally at home in concert halls and living rooms, The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along.