Composer/Trombonist Andy Clausen, 19, gained significant national attention for his music while a high school student in Seattle, before moving to New York City to study at The Juilliard School in the Fall of 2010. Winning the 2009 Gerald Wilson Award for Jazz Composition from The Monterey Jazz Festival, Clausen’s compositions and his “Split Stream Big Band” have been hailed by the New York Times as “sleek, dynamic large-group jazz, a whirl of dark-hued harmony and billowing rhythm…The intelligent sheen of Mr. Clausen’s writing was as striking as the composure of his peers…It was impressive, and not just by the yardstick of their age.” A bandleader at the age of 14, Clausen was performing sets of entirely original compositions with The Andy Clausen Sextet at festivals and clubs throughout Seattle, in addition to working with professional jazz ensembles, pit orchestras, contemporary chamber music groups, and pop horn sections. Clausen’s compositions have been performed by trumpet luminary Wynton Marsalis and recorded by Cuong Vu. He has performed on stages throughout North America, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. Clausen’s currently performs with The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, The Westerlies, Andy Clausen’s Split Stream Big Band, Andy’s Wishbone Ensemble, and The Clausen/Mulherkar Duo Project.
“Sleek, dynamic large-group jazz, a whirl of dark-hued harmony and billowing rhythm… impressive.” – New York Times
“His skills belie his age.” – The Seattle Times