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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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82014908204?pwd=Mmdoc1RxajQweitXbUo5dTVXNStWZz09 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: https://nwlc.org

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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Meeting ID: 820 1490 8204

Passcode: 965056

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbJvVKHhZc

ZOOM AUDIO SETTINGS RECOMMENDATIONS:

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.

Modality Presents Sunday, May 2nd (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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89904653148?pwd=MkREVnlhRWYwdmQ0SHZRM1h4bXVIdz09

Meeting ID: 899 0465 3148     Passcode: 878637

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Modality’s’s Blog Post:

The 4 members of Modality have been living in 3 different cities since
2013, and so we were veterans at playing telematically when the
pandemic hit. We’ve used several types of software and found that we
can write, practice, and even perform with relatively low latency.
Still, low latency is not zero latency, and it can be challenging to
hit marks at times. Our process has always involved harvesting and
developing musical ideas born from improvisations, and interestingly
the technology has yielded some happy accidents where we realize
listening back to a practice that the shift in timing adds something
more than playing it straight up and down. Much of our music moves
between beat driven, pop/rock-adjacent songs informed by electronic
and global rhythms, and more ambient, experimental sonic excursions
that rely on chance, improvisation, and technology. The performance we
are sharing with you is from the recent conference held by the Society
for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US (SEAMUS) and reflects this
duality of our approach, and features the benefits and limitations of
playing live over the internet.

In the session, we invite players to listen to the digital hiccups,
timing lags, and other issues we’ve all had with Zoom over the past
year as opportunities for creative expression and enjoyment, rather as
barriers to our expected norms for musical communication.

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

 

 

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+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

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Meeting ID: 899 0465 3148

Passcode: 878637

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbeAmR4283

ZOOM AUDIO SETTINGS RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. TURN ON ORIGINAL SOUND! (details below)

2. 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

3. 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.

4. 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”

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

Ryan Beckley and Carmen Rothwell Present Sunday, February 7th (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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85481988199?pwd=TzhjSVJ4QTVFdnc4QkpEdkdXNHNhQT09

Meeting ID: 854 8198 8199
Passcode: 784810

This month two long-time friends of the Racer Sessions, Ryan Beckley and Carmen Rothwell, will be presenting.

 

https://carmenrothwell.com/

https://screeband.bandcamp.com/

They have chosen to highlight this fundraiser as this month’s beneficiary:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/welcome-home-rodney-after-40-years

We encourage you to contribute if you are able!

Following Ryan and Carmen’s set, the organizers will facilitate an open jam session until 6pm PST for anyone who would like to improvise solo or with others.

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+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 854 8198 8199
Passcode: 784810
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbIP4GQxFf

ZOOM AUDIO SETTINGS RECOMMENDATIONS:

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.

Cole Grant and Lhanna Writesel Present Sunday, January 3rd (FreeSessions + Racer Sessions = Zoom Sessions)

The first Sunday of every month, FreeSessions will unite to host a free improv opening set and jam session on Zoom in collaboration with the Racer Sessions of Seattle. Each month’s opening performer will choose a social justice organization that we will learn more about and direct donations toward for the month.

Meeting ID: 867 5640 7230
Passcode: 885690

Check out suggested Zoom settings below for optimal participation.

Cole’s Blog Post:

We’ve chosen to highlight the ACLU of Montana as this month’s beneficiary. Since 1972, they’ve consistently fought for the underserved and underrepresented in Big Sky Country. Learn more here – https://www.aclumontana.org/

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New Beginnings: An Improvisational Duet for Alto Sax and Bass Guitar

A fresh start. A breath of fresh air. Something different. We all need it.

Stress. Joy. Uncertainty. Light at the end of the tunnel. Unexpected bright spots. These are some of the emotions Lhanna Writesel and I will touch on during our improv.

We want to say goodbye to 2020, and conjure up as much positive energy as we can for the year ahead.

We will film Jan. 2nd, to capture the spirit of the new year, and premiere the next day.

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Cole Grant is a Missoula, MT based bassist and composer. He is a member of the bands Transcendental Express and Red Onion Purple.

Lhanna Writesel is a Missoula, MT based saxophonist. She is a member of the indie rock/ hip hop band Letter B.

 

ZOOM AUDIO SETTINGS SUGGESTIONS

(these instructions are tailored to the latest version of Zoom)

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) Settings → Audio

a. Turn OFF: Automatically adjust microphone volume

b. Adjust microphone level

c. Optionally: turn ON “Enable stereo” (this options needs to be activated first on your zoom account)

3) Settings → Audio → Advanced

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

b. If you are using headphones, turn ON: ‘Disable echo cancellation’

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

4) 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”

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


ZOOM AUDIO SETTINGS SUGGESTIONS (for older version):

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) Settings → Audio

a. Turn OFF: Automatically adjust microphone volume

b. Adjust microphone level

c. Optionally: turn ON “Enable stereo” (this options needs to be activated first on your zoom account)

3) Settings → Audio → Advanced

a. Turn on: ‘show in-meeting option to “Enable Original Sound” from microphone’

b. Disable: both Background Noise options

c. Echo Cancellation: Auto

4) 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”

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

Patrick Shiroishi presents Sunday, December 6th (FreeSessions + Racer Sessions = Zoom Sessions)

The first Sunday of every month, FreeSessions will unite to host a free improv opening set and jam session on Zoom in collaboration with the Racer Sessions of Seattle. Each month’s opening performer will choose a social justice organization that we will learn more about and direct donations toward for the month.

Check out suggested Zoom settings below for optimal participation.

Patrick’s Blog Post:

Since LA winters are not too bad, I recorded the set in my aunts backyard.  At this point of development/playing in quarantine, I am interested in trying to find different ways of expanding extended techniques for the horn.  Sam Newsome, who was featured as this year’s SIMF, does a fantastic job of doing this and is very inspirational during this “at home” time of listening and learning.

 

The organization that I’d like to donate to is Streetwatchers LA (https://streetwatchla.com/).  Homelessness has been increasing in LA and already up 13% percent since last year and projected to increase due to covid and the economy.  The organization’s goal is to build solidarity with other housing rights and police monitoring organizations in LA to pressure elected officials, property owners and city employees to immediately cease their inhumane treatment of low income and unhoused peoples.

 

 

Patrick Shiroishi is a Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. He explores solo saxophone in acoustic and electronic settings, as well as in several improvising units. He leads an instrumental quintet Black Sun Sutra and collaborates in brutal prog unit Upsilon Acrux, Zeuhl Band Corima as well as the sax-drum duos in the Womb & Oort Smog. He has toured the United States as well as Europe. Shirioshi has also played at the Rock in Opposition festival alongside Magma.

 

ZOOM AUDIO SETTINGS SUGGESTIONS: (These instructions are tailored to the latest version of Zoom as of 9/5/2020 — you may want to check that your software is up to date!)

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) Settings → Audio

a. Turn OFF: Automatically adjust microphone volume

b. Adjust microphone level

c. Optionally: turn ON “Enable stereo” (this options needs to be activated first on your zoom account)

3) Settings → Audio → Advanced

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

b. If you are using headphones, turn ON: ‘Disable echo cancellation’

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

4) 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”

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

ZOOM AUDIO SETTINGS SUGGESTIONS (for older version):

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) Settings → Audio

a. Turn OFF: Automatically adjust microphone volume

b. Adjust microphone level

c. Optionally: turn ON “Enable stereo” (this options needs to be activated first on your zoom account)

3) Settings → Audio → Advanced

a. Turn on: ‘show in-meeting option to “Enable Original Sound” from microphone’

b. Disable: both Background Noise options

c. Echo Cancellation: Auto

4) 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”

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