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A Response to the Wednesday Morning Shooting at Cafe Racer. May 30th, 2012 in Seattle, WA

by Neil Welch

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  • Sheet Music

    Since many of Neil's performance techniques are notated in his own unique manuscript, we decided to make a limited number of scores avaialabe for purchase. This light weight, sharply detailed booklet includes nine pages printed from Neil's original hand-written score. Inside you'll also find a heartfelt preface that gives some insight into the creation of the composition, along with a few tactile extras. Includes a cd inside the score.

    All proceeds from the sale of these scores will be donated to caferacerlove.org, a foundation established to benefit families of the fallen victims.
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      $20 USD or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Along with this digital download you'll receive a pdf version of Neil's original hand-written score, which also includes artwork by the Table and Chairs Music art design team.

      $7 USD  or more

     

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about

On May 30th, 2012, four souls were gunned down at Seattle's Cafe Racer, and later a fifth soul on First Hill, near downtown Seattle. The tragic events of that day tore through this small community and hub for creative music. In the aftermath of the shooting, saxophonist Neil Welch penned and recorded an elegy for the fallen victims, often called by its shorter name--the Response album. In this emotively powerful document, Welch reaffirms his role as an intractable voice of modern solo saxophone technique.

The album is a quiet, solemn celebration of the fallen victims and of the Seattle creative music community itself. Neil explores the subtlest aspects of his instrument through a 36 minute composition, intended to be experienced in a single listening. The work was fully composed, written in traditional and graphic notations, including Neil's own unique fingering systems and performance directions. The music recorded on the Response album was originally debuted at Cafe Racer the week of its reopening, and will now be released shortly after the 2-year anniversary of the shooting. This important new work confronts the suffering of that terrible day but also embodies a community in healing.

All proceeds from the sale of this album will be donated to caferacerlove.org, a fund established to benefit families of the victims.

credits

released September 12, 2014

Album length: 36 min
Recorded February 15th, 2013 at BOOM! Studios in Seattle, WA
Recorded and Mastered by Vincent LaBelle
All performances were recorded in single, unedited takes with no overdubbing
"Tipped Stool" and "Blood Splatter" album artwork by Kristian Garrard. Additional graphic design by Andrew JS and Aaron Otheim for Table and Chairs Music.
All Compositions by Neil Welch. Published by Narmada Music/ (BMI)

For additional information, visit neilwelch.com and tableandchairsmusic.com

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Neil Welch Seattle, Washington

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).

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