Racer Sessions

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

Ings Presents this Sunday at the Racer Sessions!

This Sunday at 8pm we're very excited to have Ings, the one-person vocal force celebrating the release of a new EP soon.  Below are a few words about this week's presentation:

Hello! I would like to try this experiment with you, music-makers of Seattle! It's as easy as 1-2-3!

1) This Sunday at the Racer sessions, we will be listening to my brand-new, yet-un-released EP, Afterthought, one song at a time. 

2) After every song, there will be an open improvisation as a reaction.

3) Each improvisation is totally open to anyone who wants to play! The only focus is: dynamic contrast. I think this is one of the greatest things I've learned from attending the Racer Sessions. Varying the volume of your playing can be very effective in drawing the listener into your shared experience of the music.

Additional info:

 I am very excited about sharing this music with you on Sunday, because the full EP won't technically be available to the rest of the world until April 1st!

There are four songs total. Following the reaction-improvs, the usual session will commence! If you enjoy the EP, it will also be available for pre-order that night!

Here's a small description of what to expect from Afterthought EP:

+ Four carefully arranged lullaby rock songs for the listener's hearing pleasure. + Lyrics about being a person, self-respect, considering the shortness of life, and having the courage to be vulnerable to new love. 

+ A palette of strings, drums, rich vocal harmonies, and guitars that both strum softly and distort to assert a point. 

Afterthought EP features string and vocal arrangements deeply inspired by the album Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys, and the album Discover America by Van Dyke Parks. 

+ Also of PARTICULAR general inspiration is the work of Blake Mills and Feist, whose masterful use of dynamic contrast continues to delight me at every turn.

I'm so excited to be sharing this music with the Racer Sessions community. Attending the Racer Sessions has made me an INFINITELY better listener and musician. I look forward to hearing your interpretations/musical reactions to Afterthought EP!



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Inge Chiles presented her new EP one track at a time, each track being followed by an improvisation performed by Racer Sessions attendees. The only thing Inge wanted improvisers to focus on besides the recordings was the idea of dynamic contrast.

Track 1: “Afterthought”

Improv: Chris Icasiano (drums), James Porter (bass)

Track 2: “Love You”

Improv: Evan Woodle (drums), Ian Hughes (guitar), Luke Bergman (bass)

Track 3: “Slaughterhouse-Five”

Improv: John Harrison (drums), Phinehas Nyang’Oro (bass), Haley Freedlund (voice)

Track 4: “Pick Yourself Up”

Improv: Chris Icasiano (drums), James Porter (bass), John Harrison (voice)

Improv 1: Evan Woodle (drums), Luke Bergman (bass), Andrew Olmstead (keyboard)

Improv 2: James Porter (bass), John Harrison (drums), Ian Hughes (guitar)

Improv 3: Haley Freedlund (trombone), Aaron Otheim (keyboard), Chris Icasiano (drums), Marcin Pączkowski (alto sax)

Improv 4: James Porter (keyboard), Phinehas Nyang’Oro (voice), Conor Apperson (drums), Luke Bergman (bass)

Improv 5: Samuel A Crome (alto sax), Aaron Otheim (keyboard), John Harrison (drums)

Improv 6: Inge Chiles (drums), Travis Fisher (keyboard), Marcin Pączkowski (bass)

Improv 7: Evan Woodle (drums), James Porter (keyboard), Phinehas Nyang’Oro (bass), Madeline (voice)

Improv 8: John Harrison (drums), James Porter (bass), Simon Henneman (guitar), Marcin Paczkowski (alto sax)

Improv 9: Chris Icasiano (drums), Samuel A Crome (pole), Andrew Olmstead (keyboard), Haley Freedlund (trombone)

Improv 10: Inge Chiles (voice), Travis Fisher (keyboard), Tom Eddy (bass), Ian Hughes (guitar), Luke Bergman (drums)