Racer Sessions

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

Chris Icasiano - December 23, 2012


In the last few months, I have found myself increasingly frustrated with developing as a free-improviser.  My approach and ideas often fall into a predictable formula and my execution has been largely the same.  It has been about a year since I last curated the Racer Sessions and I am taking this opportunity to challenge myself in ways that I have not done before.  The piece that I have written is for solo drums and it is my attempt to break away from this comfort zone.

The development of this piece has gone through a few different phases.  This time around, I did not attempt to make use of an overarching thematic or conceptual idea.  Instead, my goal was to try and approach composition and my instrument in a different way than I had before.  I decided that I would put pencil to paper and attempt to compose without having my instrument in front of me.  My thought was that if I didn’t have a physical drum set to play on, I could come up with ideas and patterns that I might never attempt if I were actually playing.  In addition, I also wanted to focus on giving the drums a clear melodic focus and identity.  I try to be conscious of this whenever I play, but I’m sure it is not always easily discernible to the listener.

I struggled with writing a full piece for drums.  I wondered if the material made any real sense as a composition; if melody and form were even recognizable.  I suppose we’ll see…

For the session, I don’t have any specific parameters.  All I would like is for everyone participating to step outside of their comfort zone.  Try to approach your instrument and delivery in a different way.  Play with someone you’ve not played with.  Challenge yourself.

I look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday.