July 23rd, 2014
In June Earshot Jazz presented the Westerlies in concert at the Seattle Art Museum. Having taken New York by storm, former Seattle residents Riley Mulherkar, Zubin Hensler (trumpets), Willem de Koch and Andy Clausen (trombones) return as the new-music brass quartet the Westerlies. And Horvitz’s all-star improvising conduction ensemble charms at their home venue.
The Westerlies emphasize original composition and improvisation in conventional chamber music, aiming to create in the ever-narrowing gap between contemporary classical composition, jazz-influenced improvisation and North American folk music. The Westerlies seek to present chamber music as an organic and dynamic means of artistic expression in the twenty-first century.