Melanie Sehman Presents Sunday, June 6th (FreeSessions + Racer Sessions = Zoom Sessions)

On the first Sunday of every month from 6-7pm (MST), the Racer Sessions (Seattle) and the FreeSessions unite to host a collaborative session on Zoom! A new featured artist presents a short set to begin the session, followed by a free-improv-based jam session that is open to all. Each month’s opening performer will also choose a social justice organization or cause that we will learn more about and direct donations toward for the month.

ZOOM Link for Sunday’s session: Meeting ID: 820 1490 8204

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Melanie’s Blog Post:

“This past year for me has been an exercise in minimalism and reduction – reducing my life down to its essentials.

At its most basic has been caring for people. It has also meant an opportunity to pause and reflect. But now, spring augurs

growth, embellishment, curiosity, listening, learning. Let us embellish.”

— Melanie Sehman

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Melanie Sehman is a drummer, percussionist and educator who enjoys performing in a wide variety of styles. A classical percussionist by training, she specializes in experimental and contemporary music that explores improvisation, gesture, the relationships between music, text and the physical experiences of sound.

Session donations this month will be directed towards the National Women’s Law Center:

Following Melanie’s set, the organizers will facilitate an open jam session until 6pm PST for anyone who would like to improvise!

Meeting ID: 820 1490 8204

Passcode: 965056

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0) TURN ON ORIGINAL SOUND! (details below)

1) Use a laptop if possible (not a phone or a tablet).

a. Use headphones when playing with other people.

b. Use external mic if available.

2) Preferences/Settings → Audio

a. Turn OFF: “Automatically adjust microphone volume.”

b. Adjust Input Volume. You can click “Test Mic” to hear how it sounds.

c. Turn ON: ‘Show in-meeting option to “Enable Original Sound” from microphone.’

d. If you are using an ethernet cable, turn ON: ‘High fidelity music mode.’

e. If you are using headphones, turn OFF: ‘Echo cancellation.’

f. If you are using a stereo capable microphone or audio interface, turn ON: ‘Stereo audio.’ Ethernet cable recommended when using this setting.

3) Turn on Original Sound!

a. Turn it on in the top left of the meeting; if it’s on, it should read “Turn Off Original Sound.”

4) If possible, connect to the internet with an Ethernet cable, not WiFi.