dave douglas/iris lune/zusha/website

hi! i have some things to share:

The Westerlies just released a new collaborative album with trumpet hero Dave Douglas and drum wizard Anwar Marshall.

I did some production work on this new song by BK indie babes Iris Lune (some drum programming and vocal editing, also played some piano and a toy music box):

I played some trumpet on this new album by Hasidic/Soul/Folk band Zusha (I’m on Yalla, Ahrei, and Hatikva):

And, I made a new website! It has all the work I do as a freelancer organized in a nice way. Check it out here – www.zubinhensler.com

Also, as part of making the website, I put together a spotify playlist with a bunch of streaming music I’ve been a part of:

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Clara Strauch, Jamie Reynolds, +Pool, shows

hello,

the first single is out from an album I produced/recorded for swedish singer Clara Strauch. it’s called weeds and i played a bunch of instruments on it and her album art is cool!

jamie reynolds is a jazz pianist from toronto. last year he contacted the westerlies with an interesting project proposal: he was making an album with his band and he wanted us to arrange brass quartet versions of a few of the songs, to be recorded and interspersed throughout the record. we said yes, we did it, it was fun, the tracks turned out nice, and now the album is out! on a personal note, there are very few recordings on the internet of me improvising on the trumpet, but i did it on a track on this album called ‘Lake Cycle’.

i have a little song in this Neil Patrick Harris-narrated promo video for the +Pool (a floating swimming pool that will eventually be in the east river). it was directed by superfriend bianca gaiever and, as usual, she did a great job. my song is the one that starts at 6:36ish and goes til like 7:39.

bunch of fun shows coming up in the next month:

8/29 – twig twig @ threes brewing (brooklyn, NY) w/ live band (2 clarinets and a bass)

9/18 – westerlies @ threes brewing (brooklyn, NY)

9/23 – westerlies w/ Fleet Foxes @ hollywood bowl (Los Angeles, CA)

9/24 – westerlies w/ Fleet Foxes @ comerica theatre (Phoenix, AZ)

9/25 – westerlies w/ Fleet Foxes @ santa fe opera (Santa Fe, NM)

9/27 – westerlies w/ Fleet Foxes @ red rocks amphitheatre (Morrison, CO)

Westerlies – Art Zone, Fleet Foxes shows. Twig twig steaming and streaming

Some new Westerlies live videos are out from the Seattle Channel show ArtZone with Nancy Guppy. We performed A Nearer Sun and So So Shy in studio.

Over the last two weeks we’ve had the great honor of playing a few shows with Fleet Foxes, who’s album we recorded on last year. Our involvement in the performance has grown over these dates: in addition to playing section parts throughout the show, we’re now opening the set with A Nearer Sun and an arrangement of the opening track of their album. We’re flying west to play the Outside Lands festival with them in San Francisco this Friday.

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Merriweather Post Pavilion

Also i just made myself a new twig website! I finished a new album and am cooking up some release plans, much more to come on that. Had a fun live band show last week with a familiar horn section…

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twig twig at Mason Jar Music

Fleet Foxes, Vivian Stancil film

Hey summer funners, two new things are out:

I’m very honored to have played some trumpet on the new fleet foxes album with the rest of the westerlies. We’re on a few tracks throughout the album, but our big moment is on the last track – the album closes out with just Robin and us for a few minutes. Also psyched that many of our NYC buds took part on the album: Hannah Epperson played a bunch of violin throughout, Jon Seale/Mason Jar Music organized a string section, and Gabriel Gall did some arrangements. Seattle and NYC collision!

And, this is a short film I scored about a blind woman who learned to swim at the age of 49. It was directed by the Very Brilliant Riley Hooper, check out some of her other wonderful work.

If you’re in NYC – The Westerlies are doing a show at Joe’s Pub on July 9 with some amazing friends: Theo Bleckman, Kate Davis, Vuyo Sotashe, Samorah Pinderhughes, Sarah Kay, and Phil Kaye. Yowza.

The Banned 7, Democracy Now, Lavender Dawn

Over the last couple weeks I’ve helped Hadi Eldebek organize a benefit performance featuring music and musicians from the seven recently banned countries. I’m thrilled to say that this show will be happening on February 21 at Le Poisson Rouge and I’ll be humbly accompanying some unbelievable musicians from around the world. Facebook event here, poster below.

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Last monday we had the great surprise to hear one of the new Half Waif singles featured in a Democracy Now episode! This was very emotional for me…Amy Goodman is such a beacon of light in these sometimes overwhelmingly dark times and to hear music I helped create serving her show in some way is just about one of the highest honors I’ve ever felt. Whew. If you want to see, it’s at 44:30 below.

https://www.democracynow.org/embed/show/2017/2/7

And, I forgot to post this when it came out, but I contributed some trumpet playing to this beautiful lullaby Hank Midnight wrote for his niece.