Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies

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His body of work reflects an inveterate engagement with the world, taking inspiration from literature, politics, dance and film, as well as jazz and new-music traditions.
— Nate Chinen, New York Times on Dave Douglas
Folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous.
— NPR Music on The Westerlies

Dave Douglas meets The Westerlies is a fresh collaboration featuring three trumpets, two trombones and drums.  

Trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas writes new music for The Westerlies, a brass quartet comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle, Washington - Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler on trumpet, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone. Performing with the group is Philadelphia drummer extraordinaire Anwar Marshall. The new music Douglas is writing for the group explores great American themes in a rich panoply of warm brass sounds. Full of power and soul.

Featuring: Dave Douglas, Riley Mulherkar, Zubin Hensler (Trumpets), Andy Clausen & Willem de Koch (Trombone), Anwar Marshall (Drums)

Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously. Dave's unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Doris Duke Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award, and two GRAMMY® nominations. While his career spans more than 40 recordings as a leader, his active projects include his Quintet; Sound Prints, a quintet co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano; Riverside, a quartet co-led with Chet Doxas; a duo with pianist Uri Caine; and High Risk, an electronic-inspired quartet with Mark Guiliana, Jonathan Maron and Shigeto.

The Westerlies (“prevailing winds from the West to the East”) are a New York based brass quartet comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle, Washington: Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler on trumpet, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone. “Skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers” (NPR’s Fresh Air), 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). Since their inception in 2011, they have shared the stage with such diverse acts as Radiolab, Bill Frisell, Vieux Farka Toure, and Juilliard Dance. 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.