Racer Sessions

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

Kate Olson Presents This Sunday

Greetings, fans of the Avant!

This Sunday, we welcome Kate Olson to the Racer stage to present the opening set. Kate is an outstanding and thoughtful musician and person, operating primarily as an improvising saxophonist. A resident of Seattle since 2010, Kate has infiltrated the music scene at-large, becoming an on-demand saxophonist to artists throughout the NW and beyond. She can be heard performing with her own projects KO SOLO and KO ELECTRIC,  and as a collaborator with Syrinx EffectAsk the Ages, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble and Electric Circus (led by Wayne Horvitz), the Seattle Jazz Composer's Ensemble and with such Seattle staples as the Seattle Men's and Women's Choruses and cabaret producers Can Can Presents and Verlaine & McCann. Kate was also a strong presence at Racer's foundation, and we're stoked to have her with us again this week!

Kate will present a solo set, and we'll follow with a jam session until the end of the night. Make sure you get out to Cafe Racer this Sunday at 8pm to take it all in. Read on for words from the artist:


"I was recently interviewed by Gregg Miller, a community member who is researching the Racer Sessions. The interview brought up a lot of feelings around the sense of community that the Racer Sessions provides for so many members of the music scene here. I am grateful to the RS for so many things--if I hadn't attended the sessions I wouldn't have a music career in Seattle, period. But ultimately, I feel like an outsider. I didn't go to the UW, and I'm not a Seattle native, and I think a lot of the music I make is about that feeling of being on the outside.

Kate Olson

Kate Olson

If I had any intention for the session, it would be for improvisers to think about the decisions that they make musically through that lens: do you hold back to try to fit in? Do you let your musical freak flag fly? What kinds of reactions can you elicit by being on the outside of an improvisation? Can you still be a leader if you’re on the outside?"

- KO


Kate's Website here
Kate's Music here