Dec 26, 2012
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Racer Sessions Festival: Cry & Roar

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to celebrate the birth of the Racer Sessions with a weekend of incredible live music. This year the festival is entitled “Cry & Roar: A Festival Celebrating Three Years of the Racer Sessions.” Find all of the details below.

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Table & Chairs is excited to celebrate the Racer Sessions’ third birthday with a festival at Café Racer. The festival will run from Friday, January 18th through Sunday, January 20th. There will be multiple Table & Chairs artists performing throughout the weekend, as well as many other Seattle-area artists. Cry & Roar will be an accumulation of the talent seen at Café Racer so often over the past few years.

This year, the festival is not simply dubbed “The Racer Sessions Festival” once again, in order to honor a fallen member of the Racer Sessions family. Andrew Carrico passed away recently, and had only begun attending the Racer Sessions a few months before he left us, though he left a lasting impression on so many. He once described his sound on the baritone saxophone as “somewhere between a cry and a roar” — a more than apt description.

The weekend of the 18th, we remember our friends, appreciate our loved ones, and celebrate music.

Cry & Roar: A Festival Celebrating Three Years of the Racer Sessions. January 18th-20th. Café Racer (5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105).

The performance schedule will be as follows:

Friday, January 18th
8:30pm: Insistent Caterpillars
9:30pm: Sleeper Ensemble
10:30pm: Wand

Saturday, January 19th
8:30pm: Christian Pincock Live Composition Ensemble
9:30pm: Syrinx Effect
10:30pm: Japanese Guy

Sunday, January 20th
8:00pm: King Tears Bat Trip curates the Racer Sessions
10:15pm: Super Secret After Party Guest Artist!


“KTBT’s debut rips through two burning 18-minute sessions modernizing the classic free-jazz persuasion of Albert Ayler, Pharaoh Sanders, and late-’60s John Coltrane with present-day avant-garde means…Altogether, the septet propels whimsy into an otherwise abstract class of jazz with a cohesively bold, anthemic, and perplexing assault.” — Olive Music Blog


“Saxophonist Neil Welch is hell-bent on creating music of lasting importance. His solo and collaborative projects mirror his explorative approach to the saxophone…An impassioned tenor player, he combines mysticism with ferocity.” — Downbeat

“As you would expect, this is a somber and intense piece of music, played sensitively but acerbically by Welch. Martial allusions bustle and reach anguished peaks, then recede: much of this has echoes of Stravinsky.” [about Sleeper] — Lucid Culture


Kate Olson and Naomi Segel are the self-described “electronic experimental bedazzled barefoot folk jazz duo from Seattle,” entitled The Syrinx Effect. They are quite possibly the only group to describe themselves as such, and for good reason. Their music is uplifting and deeply emotional at the very same moment, acoustic and looped, traditional and improvised. Everything they produce is new in every sense.


“Soundpainting is an international sign language for creating live compositions…The composer/conductor signs gestures to the ensemble indicating the type of music to play and the members of the ensemble respond and interact creatively within the guidelines of each gesture. In this way, the Soundpainter and the ensemble inform each other’s musical choices in a dialogue of gesture and response.”— Christian Pincock


Japanese Guy is not only the culmination of years of improvisation and performance experience by its members, but also their intense interest in the evocative nature of performance versus the flexibility of recording. The group, which consists of Skyler Skjelset, Andrew J.S., and Chris Icasiano, has recorded two full-length albums, all of which were put to tape within moments of conception. While ranging from aggressive and moody to fragile and understated, their spontaneity can still be heard in every piece. As the music moves forward the group pulls the listener up by the collar, while still finding their way through their simultaneously perfected and improvised creations.


Wand is the musical embodiment of Andrew J.S., a saxophonist, keyboardist and EWI-ist, amongst other things. His music dredges from the depths of his subconscious unearthly shadows that haunt the listener through the night. The group, comprised of Abbey Blackwell (double and electric bass), Evan Woodle (drums), Chris Icasiano (drums), Cameron Sharif  (keyboard), and Aaron Otheim (keyboard) in addition to Andrew himself, not only creates an overwhelming sound, but also a strong visual presence, as the sextet crowds the stage.


Insistent Caterpillars is the newest musical venture of Cameron Sharif (piano), Evan Woodle (drums), and Carmen Rothwell (bass). The trio simultaneously makes the experienced jazz listeners feel at home while also tipping them sideways, slowly turning the listeners on their heads. Every turn, even in a familiar standard, is unexpected and yet so perfect that the listener has to wonder why it wasn’t that way to begin with. The group also performs originals, which are reminiscent of traditional jazz, but still completely foreign.

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