The Crypt Sessions

The Westerlies


Church of the Intercession 550 W 155th St New York, NY 10032

Wine & Cheese Reception: 7:00 - 8:00PM
Concert: 8:00PM - 9:00PM

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the long version

The Westerlies are one of the world’s most inventive, expansive brass ensembles, having collaborated with super stars ranging from Fleet Foxes to Big Red Machine (Bon Iver & Aaron Dessner) to Common to Bill Frisell, and they’re going to come bathe the walls of the Crypt in their glorious, golden sound. They’ll be playing a program of music from their latest album Move, featuring works by Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, and Andy Clausen, that sees this fearless foursome creating a new language for brass instruments in the classical and chamber spheres.

The short version

After The Westerlies, you’ll never hear brass in the same way again…

The Program

The Music

By Nico Muhly (Arr. The Westerlies)

By Caroline Shaw (Arr. The Westerlies)

This Is Water I – Carmel
By Andy Clausen

This Is Water II – Lopez
By Andy Clausen

This Is Water III – Harlem River
By Andy Clausen

Traditional, Arr. Sam Amidon/Nico Muhly

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The Artists

The Performers

The Westerlies, “an arty quartet…mixing ideas from jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk” (New York Times) are a New York-based brass quartet comprised of childhood friends from Seattle: Riley Mulherkar and Chloe Rowlands on trumpet, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone. Equally at home in concert halls and living rooms, The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues and projects with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along. Formed in 2011, the self-described “accidental brass quartet” takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East. “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).