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The Westerlies

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Friday, November 9 / 8:00 pm

The Westerlies, a self-described “accidental brass quartet,” bring a signature blend of jazz, roots, rock, and chamber music.

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“Skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers.”
Fresh Air, NPR

Blown eastward from Seattle into New York City like their eponymous prevailing wind, the Westerlies are a force of nature. The self-described “accidental brass quartet” features childhood friends who moved from Seattle to New York to study music.

In 2011, trombonists Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch and trumpeters Riley Mulherkar and Chloe Rowlands formed their unorthodox brass quartet (2 trumpets and 2 trombones) that has blown up a storm. Their latest, self-titled album is an expansive collection of jazz, roots, rock, and chamber music that NPR called “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous.” With classical precision, rock audacity, and familial charm, the Westerlies joyously throw cautions of classification to the wind.

PRE-SHOW DISCUSSION

7PM / 1869 Tap Room
Join composer, jazz pianist, and music educator Judd Danby for a discussion about the evening’s performance.

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