Racer Sessions

Sundays, 8-10pm at Cafe Racer in Seattle, WA

Eliot Eidelman presents at the Racer Sessions, 8pm this Sunday!



We're very excited to have California-based artist Eliot Eidelman hosting the Racer Sessions this Sunday! Below are a few words from the man himself. Join us at 8pm this Sunday--open to session to follow!

"Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear - the earth remains, slightly modified. The earth remains, and the heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break....I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun.” 
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

Joshua Tree, CA-based artist Eliot Eidelman performs songs set in the desert, explorations of the glorious fleetingness of life and the constancy of earth and the cosmos, interspersed and interlaced with improvisations for violão and voice. He hopes to infuse the jam with the spirit of the desert, where, as Abbey puts it, 

"[...] the strangeness and wonder of existence are emphasized [...] by the comparative sparsity of the flora and fauna: life not crowded upon life as in other places but scattered abroad in sparseness and simplicity, with a generous gift of space for each herb and bush and tree, each stem of grass, so that the living organism stands out bold and brave and vivid against the lifeless sand and barren rock. The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life forms. Love flowers best in openness and freedom."


Carmen Rothwell led the monthly Improvisation Is For Everyone workshop before the session.


Eliot Eidelman (on tour) performed several pieces for guitar and voice to open the session.


Improv 1: Howard Londner (drums), Andrew Olmstead (keyboard)

Improv 2: Evan Woodle (drums), Ronan Delisle (guitar), Marcin Paczkowski (alto sax), Inge Chiles (voice)

Improv 3: Carmen Rothwell (bass), Nick Rogstad (trombone), Haley Freedlund (trombone), Chris Icasiano (drums), John Broback (guitar)

Improv 4: Simon Henneman (guitar), John Harrison (drums)

Improv 5: Keeli McCarthy (drums), Eliot Eidelman (voice)

Improv 6: Evan Woodle (drums), Olivia White (voice), Andrew Olmstead (guitar), Ronan Delisle (keyboard)

Improv 7: John Harrison (drums), James David (guitar), ? (keyboard)

Improv 8: Michael Flanagan (guitar), ? (drums, same as keyboard in 7)

Improv 9: Evan Woodle (drums), James David (keyboard), Byron (bass)

Improv 10 (not recorded): Chris Icasiano (drums), Aaron Otheim (keyboard), Haley Freedlund (trombone), Nick Rogstad (trombone)