by Maggie Stapleton
Hello, world. Do you know The Westerlies? Here’s a warm introduction, if not. They’re a brass quartet based in New York, but all four musicians are Seattle natives and longtime friends, and “dedicated to the cultivation of a new brass quartet repertoire that exists in the ever-narrowing gap between American folk music, jazz, classical, and indie rock.”
We are thrilled here at Second Inversion to present the video premiere of The Westerlies’ “Sweeter than the Day” from their album Wish The Children Would Come On Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz. The album, which Horvitz produced, was recorded in August 2013 and was recently released by Songlines Recordings. In between takes, they shot this video outside the studio on Lopez Island, one of the most peaceful and relaxing places in the Northwest, especially on these clear, summer evenings (yes, we have them and yes, I’m giving away one of our best Northwest secrets).
The Westerlies will be all over the west this summer in CA, OR, WA, and Vancouver BC. Upcoming Seattle performances to note:
Friday, June 27, 8pm @ Seattle Art Museum (Opening for HUMAN FEEL)
Sunday, August 3, 8pm @ Café Racer (Curating the Racer Sessions)
Friday, August 8, 8pm @ Royal Room (Official CD release party!)
Monday, August 25, 8pm @ Good Shepherd Center (Album Release Tour)
Stay tuned for more Second Inversion coverage of this talented, innovative ensemble!
Photo: Adam Guy