Racer Sessions

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

Gus Carns - July 6th, 2014


I will improvise several pieces for “piano” (aka the piano patch on my Kurzweil) based on pre-conceived sets of parameters.

The first piece utilizes a narrow dynamic and sonic range in order to make changes in details of sound structural and expressive. Pitch material is minimal, and inconsequential in terms of pitch structures, as it is primarily the carrier of sound structures, and as a result the sounds of the notes dictate the progression of pitch.

The second piece is what I hope to be an intuitive unraveling of ideas through a web of several drastically different pianistic textures. My aim is not to form a collage of disparate ideas or sections, but rather to let the contrasting elements interact with and influence each other’s trajectory, to varying levels of drama, hopefully in a way that feels organic and natural.

The third piece will be a free harmonic exploration. I will try to limit myself to four voices and move at a slow and steady pace, in order to ensure that I make spontaneous decisions dictated by the natural progression of the music. Any quality of chord may reveal itself in the progression, as long as the voice leading is intentional.

I will then freely improvise one final piece, and my only priority is to not make it too long!

I don’t have much of an agenda for the jam session, but I encourage those of you who play to attempt to eliminate all “fluff” in your playing and search for the notes, ideas, gestures, and sounds that intuitively resonate the most, with you and with the collective evolving musical organism, to trust your intuition, and to embrace silence, viewing it as equal in compositional value and just as essential to the musical experience as sound.

Thanks so much for reading and to those of you who come, and I look forward to the music! And I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th :)