Weather Vest, direct from New York, is a mixed ensemble of winds & brass that mingles the common elements of classical chamber music, small group jazz, and folk music, for a concert liberated from traditional boundaries.
What began as a collaboration between classical and jazz musicians, evolved to become the flexible hybrid of soprano and alto saxophones with tenor and bass trombones that is Weather Vest. Our repertoire illustrates a curatorial sensibility in reclaiming and reconstructing older, historical, even forgotten music. All four members contribute arrangements, ranging from solo piano and classical guitar pieces to the music of symphony orchestras and big bands. Weather Vest emphasizes a democratic approach toward programming by recategorizing composers, aligning Shostakovich and Erik Satie with Raymond Scott and Thelonius Monk; Hank Williams with Stravinsky and Morton Feldman; among many others. Creating associations between disparate musical and cultural lineages is central to Weather Vest, linking genres, individual composers, and contemplative questions, both past and present. Weather Vest’s hope is to render music of the past relevant, meditative, and alive in its relationship to the present.