Racer Sessions

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

Spooky Action - Seasons to the Sessions

Opening Set: 

Spooky Action -- Andrew Olmstead (keyboard) and Elk Paauw (illustrations) -- presented pieces based on the four seasons.

  1. Spring
  2. Summer
  3. Fall
  4. Winter


Improv 1: Howard Londner (drums), Noel Kennon (violin), Luke Bergman (bass), Zach Burba (keyboard), Gianni Aranoff (tenor sax)

Improv 2: Evan Woodle (drums), Jade Tcimpidis (bass), Haley Freedlund (trombone)

Improv 3: Emily (drums), Ryan Kotler (bass), ? (keyboard), ? (maraca, wooden flute, cymbal)

Improv 4: Ruby Dunphy (drums), Gianni Aranoff (tenor sax), Luke Bergman (bass), ? (soprano sax), Noel Kennon (keyboard)

Improv 5: Howard Londner (drums), Haley Freedlund (trombone), Andrew Olmstead (keyboard), Samuel A Crome (plexiglass)

Improv 6: ? (soprano sax), Ryan Kotler (bass), Zach Burba (drums and keyboard drums), Noel Kennon (violin), ? (maraca and flute), Jade Tcimpidis (voice)

Improv 7: Howard Londner (drums), Luke Bergman (bass)

Improv 8: Ruby Dunphy (drums), Haley Freedlund (trombone), Emily (keyboard), Gianni Aranoff (tenor sax), ? (soprano sax), Ryan Kotler (bass)

Elk and I performed together for the first time one year ago at the Racer Sessions. We're excited to be back, and have a special year-related set we'll be performing!

Last summer, we inadvertently start working on this set of pieces. We were rehearsing on a hot day and there was no AC at my house. I remember the high temperature set some sort of record for that day of the year. We were excited for summer and decided to make a breezy beach landscape, and somehow the hot sunny room we were in changed the piece. Instead of a fun party beach scene thing, we made a lazy tire sleep on the beach thing. Pass the sunscreen, please.

We continued making short seasonal pieces every three months or so, and now here we are. One year later, about to finally perform them all consecutively at the Racer Sessions!

Before each improvisation tonight, I recommend you talk to the people you're performing with. Share a memory you have related to weather, and use it as a prompt for the group.

See you there! - Andrew