hello, i have a few things to share:
first, some news – i’ve decided to leave the westerlies to focus more on my recording work and personal music. it’s been a beautiful 6.5 years with these boys, looking forward to playing two last shows with them in the pacific northwest: 5/23 in Seattle at The Royal Room and 5/27 in Twisp, WA at the Merc Playhouse.
i released a new album under my solo project name ‘twig twig’. you can check it out on bandcamp below or on the streams here.
i got to score a new 14 minute short film by the brilliant Andrew Ellis. in his words it is: A haunting short about inmates in the Arizona state-prison system working to break wild horses as they prepare for their own release.
i had the privilege of scoring two short documentaries about grant winners of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards. on these scores i had the chance to collaborate with a few wonderful musicians: on the Kiran Bir Sethi film I worked with vocalist Shilpa Ananth, for the Linah Khalifeh one I worked with oud-ist Hadi Eldebek and percussionist Ramzi Edlibi. these films were both directed and edited by the fantastic Riley Hooper!
last year i recorded and mixed a few beautiful pieces my pal Ian Davis wrote for cello and guitar. happy this music is finally out in the world : )
I also got to do some mastering for a great new album by Crown Jewel. I haven’t done much mastering, but this was very fun…got to really blow the top off these crunchy jams.
well, it’s snowing in nyc, but technically it’s spring, so this blog is coming out of hibernation. here are a few things i missed this winter:
I had the great joy of working with Hannah Epperson again on her new album, slowdown. just like on her last one, she recorded the same 5 songs twice: the first half, ‘Amelia’, is more electronically produced (brilliantly done by Stint), the second side, ‘Iris’, is more stripped down and acoustic. for this album, she recorded the Iris side alone in my apartment while I was out of town, then I mixed it in a bleary-eyed week last november. I’m really in love with this music.
Secret Sibling is a solo project by one of my favorite people/musicians, Michael Sachs. I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am for the music this guy makes, it’s been a major inspiration in my life the last few years. so, you can imagine my excitement that I got to mix this beautiful album! (other than two songs)
I did a remix for baritone saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson. I’ve heard jonah play in many contexts over the years, from his acoustic solo saxophone shows to horn section duties in bands like Zongo Junction and Landlady. for this remix i thought it would be fun to build a ‘band’ around his solo music, sort of drawing a line between the different kinds of music he’s involved in. i wrote the lyrics just kind of riffing on his title of the song. it premiered on thrd coast last week.
I played trumpet on this new Pema song!
last year I got to produce a few songs for dreamy brass boy band Lucky Chops. I’ve known these guys a long time and it was incredibly fun to hang in the studio with them for a few days. they’re using this first track from our collaboration to promote their fundraising campaign for a new album, check that out here! they also released this wild animation video for it today:
thanks for reading!
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:
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)
Michael and Mikey are some of my absolute favorite musicians on the planet. We recorded this in my bedroom last year pretty soon after I moved in and it was really just the best darn housewarming present a boy could dream of.
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.
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.
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.
The second Half Waif single is out on NPR’s ‘Songs We Love’! Check out the track below and the wonderful write up/interview here.
I had the privilege of serving as mixer and co-producer for this album. On this track I also played synth bass, some keyboard, some piano, and programmed extra percussion.
Heading to New Orleans with The Westerlies today, we’re playing a few shows in nearby Kenner this weekend. Next NYC show is February 13th at Rockwood Music Hall.