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Wander series: The Westerlies

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Sculpture Site: Iron Tree, Daydreams / Cursive Takes a Holiday, and Xylem, 11:00 AM


ROBIN HOLCOMB: Wherein Lies the Good


ANDY CLAUSEN: This is Water
Harlem River

The remarkable brass quartet The Westerlies will lead guests in the second Wander concert of the 2023 season, moving between three sites located within the main Cottonwood Campus. Known as “skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers” (NPR’s Fresh Air), The Westerlies will fittingly present a program featuring two contemporary works composed originally not for brass, but for piano and string. Beginning at Iron Tree by Ai Weiwei, members Riley Mulherkar and Chloe Rowlands (trumpet) and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch (trombone) will perform singer, songwriter, and pianist Robin Holcomb’s Wherein Lies the Good, a centerpiece of the quartet’s 2020 album of the same name. From Iron Tree, guests and musicians alike will walk along a flat, gravel path to Patrick Dougherty’s Daydreams/Cursive Takes a Holiday to experience Entr’acte by Pulitzer Prize-winner composer Caroline Shaw. The performance concludes a short distance away, under the canopy of Francis Kéré’s Xylem, with This is Water by the Westerlies own trombonist Andy Clausen.

Guests can expect to walk approximately .75 miles during this Wander experience. Please email for any questions regarding mobility assistance.

To watch the recently released film of the Westerlies performing Entr’acte as part of the Tippet Rise on Tour series, click here.