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The Westerlies

Now in its sixth season, Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music. Audiences are treated to remarkable and intimate performances with relevant artists who are influencing the musical landscape of today.

Based out of New York (but originally from Seattle), the self-described “accidental brass quartet” featuring two trumpets and two trombones 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), this Mix performance in our newest venue, Minneapolis’s Machine Shop, will 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). Expect the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along.

About the Program: 

The Westerlies dive into the world of the piano, translating music old and new from eighty-eight keys to four horns. Contrasts abound with the impressionist beauty of Debussy, Ravel, and Ellington set against the explosive chromaticism of Ligeti, while Jason Moran’s contemplative Arizona Landscape finds common language with electronic artist Aphex Twin’s popular 2001 work Avril 14th. The program title comes from Robin Holcomb’s expansive 1996 solo piano work, which is paired with two pieces by her husband Wayne Horvitz, recorded by The Westerlies on their debut album. With their signature genre-bending voice, The Westerlies weave through the world of the piano as never before heard, with original compositions by each member for ensemble rounding out the program.

 

Ticket Info

$30 each

All concerts general admission.

Program

Wherein Lies The Good

Home - by Wayne Horvitz
Sweeter Than The Day - by Wayne Horvitz

In a Mist - by Bix Beiderbecke
Single Petal of a Rose - by Duke Ellington

Prelude in A minor - by Maurice Ravel
Children's Corner - 5. The Little Shepherd - by Claude Debussy
Gymnopedie No. 1 - by Erik Satie

Wherein Lies the Good - by Robin Holcomb

-Intermission-

Musica Ricercata VIII - by Gyrogi Ligeti

Arizona Landscape - by Jason Moran
Avril 14 - by Aphex Twin

Chickendog and Woodylocks - by Willem de Koch
Robert Henry - by Andy Clausen
Laurie - by Chloe Rowlands
Peach Leaves - by Riley Mulherkar

Weeping Mary - Traditional, Arr. Sam Amidon


The concert is approximately 90 minutes and includes one 20 minute intermission.

Musicians

The Westerlies 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.

About Machine Shop

The Pillsbury A-Mill was once the largest working mill in the world, and this building was an integral part of its success. State of the art, modern equipment was produced and repaired there. Reopened in 2016, this historic machinery shop has been carefully restored, keeping the original 1916 architectural details intact, while introducing modern luxury in this industrial space. Just as the Pillsbury machine shop was an important player in establishing Minneapolis, Machine Shop Historic Venue is cornerstone for the city of Minneapolis, as a host of extraordinary and glamorous events.

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