Andy Clausen's Shutter Project

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A prodigiously talented trombonist, composer, and bandleader, Seattle native son (and Roosevelt High School graduate) Andy Clausen has been making quite a splash in recent years. A graduate of The Juilliard School in New York, the former recipient of Earshot Jazz’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award has kept busy performing with a broad range of jazz and adventurous rock and pop royalty, including Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, Andrew D'angelo, The American Brass Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Kurt Elling, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Feist, Sylvan Esso, Landlady and My Brightest Diamond.

Composition is also a central element of Clausen’s activities, and as a founding member of the brass quartet The Westerlies (also in this year’s festival lineup), he has been exploring and defining a vibrant intersection of jazz and contemporary chamber music. Their 2014 debut Wish The Children Would Come on Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz was met with broad acclaim, being named NPR Jazz “Best Debut of 2014.” In addition, Clausen has been commissioned by The New York Times, Bloomberg News and Blue Chalk Media to compose music for film and television documentaries.

Clausen’s latest unit is called Shutter, and the quintet will be performing music from their recent EP, SHUTTER Vol I. The compositions of Shutter are each inspired by and paired with a specific photograph from Clausen's travels, often presented while the ensemble performs. Along with Clausen, Shutter features The Westerlies’ trumpet ace Riley Mulherkar, the deep classical roots of cellist Mitch Lyon, and the eclectic, exploratory twin guitar tandem of Gregory Uhlmann and Seattle’s Gregg Belisle- Chi.

Shutter aims to present a new spin at outlining what defines a cutting-edge chamber music ensemble in 2015, exploring the notion of individual expression in a written structure. Strings and brass combine in collective compositional and improvisatory interplay, as hints of folk music blend with classical and indie rock into a cinematic Americana soundtrack, all without the conventional structure of linear solos. Check out Shutter live and hear what makes Andy Clausen an essential new voice in contemporary music.
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By: Earshot Jazz

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