May Midway: what’s up and + what’s coming

Dear Friends,

Just back from London or working with the New York Jazz Workshop on a great team-building venture for Thomson Reuters top execs. A great team to team build with in Marc Mommaas, Marco Chelo and Michael Markus. Another bonus of this trip was spending some quality time with a cousin I lost touch with and hadn’t seen in close to 40 years. Lots to catch up on and we got right too it. Added to all this loveliness was a last minute invitation to sit in with a great trio at the Vortex in London last night.

Back home and back at it!

Tonight (FRIDAY, MAY 19) I’m joining Sexmob at Symphony Space to do our take on Gil Scott Heron’s seminal civil rights classic “The Revolution Will Be Televised” alongside. Jaimeo Brown and Martha Mooke and Rahzel then on SUNDAY, MAY 21, I’m appearing on the final night of the wonderful Satoshi Takeishi’s Stone Residency featuring Ned Rothenberg (reeds) ( His residency is a NYT pick and our set on the 21st is highlighted in the feature!) That set focuses on Satoshi’s compositions for Japanese death poems and they are just lovely.

Then next THURSDAY, MAY 25 back at the 55bar with Marvin Sewell on guitar and Sean Conly on double bass. The second time I’ve bought this duo in and it’s fresh….7-9pm, No Cover. Jaimie Breezy Branch on trumpet will not be joining us as previously mentioned.

I round out the month performing as part of Spectacle! Up in Hartford, CT on SUNDAY MAY 28th with a 15 piece ensemble put together by guitarist Joe Morris and trumpeter Stephen Haynes. The group is amazing, including William Parker, Hamid Drake, Daniel Carter performing in small groups and closing out the afternoon as a full ensemble.

Thanks for reading and see you soon for June!

Fay

 

April 2017 Performances

Photo by Fay Victor

Wow friends…

After a rejuvenating weekend in the country celebrating my husband’s birthday with great friends and just returning from teaching for the day at Temple University in Philadelphia (subbing for Carla Cook), I’m looking forward to a great range of gigs that include a few jazz heroes. Sending wishes of love and solidarity your way.

WEDNESDAY April 5 2017
OPEN Rehearsal: PUBLIC PROGRAM: DARIA FAÏN + DARIUS JONES
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
164-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432
6-7PM
http://exploringthemetropolis.org/event/public-program-daria-fain-darius-jones/

FRIDAY April 7 2017
DRESSER/MARONEY/VICTOR !!!
Mark Dresser – double bass
Denman Maroney – piano
Fay Victor – voice
A FIRST!
Soup & Sound hosted by Andrew Drury
292 Lefferts Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
7:30PM, 2 Sets
+
Jason Weiss, reads from his book in progress Listenings
7:30 door opens & soup is on (get it while it lasts)
8:00 music starts
BYOB (feel free to bring food or drink to share)
$20 suggested donation
http://soupandsound.org/

SATURDAY April 8 2017
RANDY WESTON AFRICAN RHYTHMS QT w Special guests !!!!!!!
The Jazz Standard
116 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016
Sets at 7:30 + 9:30PM. I will appear in the 1st set.
http://www.jazzstandard.com/?event=20170406

SUNDAY April 9 2017
FIRE MUSIC AT THE LEGION BAR
790 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
9 pm–SoundNoise Trio with Sam Newsome, Reggie Nicholson
9:45 pm–Ava Mendoza Solo
10:30 pm–Muyassar Kurdi & Nicholas Jozwiak
$10 for 1 set, $15 for the night!
G/L Trains to Williamsburg

FRIDAY April 14 2017
OMNIPRESENCE for mixed Choir
comp by Jace Clayton
Site-Specific piece performed outdoor
rain date: SATURDAY, April 15 2017

THURSDAY, April 27 2017
FV Residency @ the 55 Bar
STANDARD EXPLORATIONS
FV – voice, compositions
Aruan Ortiz – piano
Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone
Ken Filiano – double bass
7-9PM – NO COVER, 2 drink minimum
The 55BAR
55 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
www.55BAR.com

Thanks for reading and staying in touch…
Fay

The Alchemist Kitchen and more – March 2017 News

This FRIDAY, March 10 I’ll appear at a new venue on the Lower East Side called the Alchemist Kitchen with a store of fabulous products upstairs and a cozy lounge and bar downstairs.  Joining me will be the great, great William Parker on double bass and the fantastic Sam Newsome on soprano saxophone. This will be an evening to remember and we hope you are there.

Later this month….
SUN. MARCH 26 2017
Creative Improvisation Workshop @ South Oxford Space
FINAL CONCERT
(culmination of 4-week workshop of creative vocal improvisational
ideas outside of scatting. All vocal participants will perform)
w/ Michael Attias (alto saxophone), Christopher Gordon Forbes (piano)
+ special guests
4pm  $10 Donation
138 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY

WED. MARCH 29 2017
8PM
*NICOLE MITCHELL’S Maroon Cloud @ National Sawdust
Flute player Nicole Mitchell premieres a new piece for a Stone commission.
w/ Tomeka Reid (cello) and Aruan Ortiz (piano)
https://nationalsawdust.org/event/stone-commissioning-series-nicole-mitchell/

THURS. MARCH 30 2017
7-9PM
*IN PRAISE OF ORNETTE @ the 55BAR
w/Darius Jones (alto saxophone), Kenny Wessel (guitar), Sean Conly (double bass)
www.55bar.com

Thanks for reading.  Much love to you all!
Fay

55 BAR Residency Cancelled this month

Hey Friends,
Mix-ups and snafus happen and as it happens I won’t be at the 55BAR this month on February 23rd.  I will be back on March 30th with In Praise of Ornette, a great group exploring Ornette Coleman’s music.  See you then or the month after that!
Be safe and well out there,
Fay

February 2017 NEWS & Happenings

FV with shades
Friends!

Wow – just 2 1/2 weeks into this new administration and the world seems like a distant planet. I hope landing here finds you well and adjusting to the new reality of our world with a healthy perspective. More than ever I feel a deep gratitude to be a creative person in this time. I can document and give voice to my frustrations and concerns in many ways. So performances and opportunities to interact with audiences in various communities mean everything to me and I’m making it a point to be VOCAL however I can. If you feel you have a voice, you too need to figure out how you can speak out. It is a little easier for us so let’s use it. Here’s what’s happening:

*55 BAR Residency this month features Marika Hughes (cello) and Darius Jones (alto saxophone) in OLD SONGS, NEW SKIN, a re-calibration of older compositions of ours (myself and Jochem van Dijk). It’s been a fun exploration and we’re planning to record these pieces in the near future. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017 7-9PM, 55 Christopher Street, NY, NY
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*We entered NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest! Keeping it protest and real, choosing a tune from the Fay Victor Ensemble’s first album (Cartwheels through the Cosmos -Artistshare 2007) entitled SPIN, written during the Bush Administration and how they manipulated the press into convincing the American people to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

*Here’s the latest video of my SneaKAttacK project, combining original video, music, texts and sounds with a political perspective. This one is entitled WHITE.

*Starting on February 28th, I’ll host my first CREATIVE IMPROVISATION Workshop here in New York City. It’s a 4 week course that is now sold out with very little promotion. This is exciting because I’ve felt there was a need fro vocalists to tap into other ways of improvising with their voices and I have so much to say on the subject. I’m looking forward to working with the participants and to the final concert at the end of March where we put it all together.
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January 2017 saw the 3rd anniversary of the passing of the great Roy Campbell. Roy was a fantastic musician that was loved not only for his sound but also for his support of musicians and his honesty in letting you know how your music landed on him. His passing revealed how precious that energy is within a musical community. He is still sorely missed. Here is a something we did back in 2011 called KAISO STORIES and avant jazz – calypso project and this piece is WE is WE.

Thank you for reading and remember…we who oppose this new administration are finding our footing and making our voices heard. That may be all we can do for the next 2 years but its VERY important for us all to be in that fight. At the end of the day the policies seek to help no-one but those least in need of anything. If we all remember that, we can steel our focus and work out the language to rally everyone who will suffer the long term effects of 45’s agenda.

Fay

Happy New Year….

Early Spring in New York City

Greetings,

Its been a busy beginning the new year behind the scenes but I wanted to let you know what was coming up for me this month with gigs out and about. Had a wonderful first gig of the year in duo with trombonist Ben Gerstein channeling blues and strange sounds on the Arts for Art/Evolving Festival on Saturday January 7th (and continuing until Jan 22) and now about to head out to the West Coast to do a great house concert then record Bay area bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa’s glorious song cycle called Glorious Ravage for 2 days in Fantasy Studios in West Oakland, CA. Very excited to be a part of this great piece with an ensemble to die for.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017
Tom’s Place presents
Fay Victor (voice, text)
with
Lisa Mezzacappa (string bass)
Vijay Anderson (drums)
India Cooke (violin)
Tom’s Place
3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley CA
Directions: http://4-33.com/directions.html
Information: http://4-33.com/toms-place/index.html

Recording Glorious Ravage
January 14-15 2017 at Fantasy Studios
About Glorious Ravage:
Glorious Ravage is a panoramic free jazz song cycle by San Francisco Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa, that features a large ensemble of stellar California improvisers performing with films created by Bay Area moving image artists Janis Crystal Lipzin, Kathleen Quillian, Alfonso Alvarez and Konrad Steiner. The program takes as its inspiration the adventures and writings of lady explorers of the 19th century who trekked to the wildest parts of the earth, to escape, to discover, and to lose themselves.
Glorious Ravage premiered in fall 2015, in Northern and Southern California – at REDCAT as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, CA, at UC Irvine and in San Francisco at Brava Theater Center.
Learn more about this fascinating project here: https://gloriousravage.com

Then join me at the 55BAR at the end of the month for my first residency date of the year and we’re going reflective and calm with The Quiet Side with Sam Newsome on soprano sax and Ken Filiano on double bass.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 2017
The Quiet Side

FV – voice
Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone
Ken Filiano – double bass
7-9PM
No Cover, 2 drink minimum
www.55bar.com

Hope to see you out there…we need to be together and we need music more than ever. Thanks for reading, Fay

 

Happy Holidays + One Last Show!

Some Holiday cheer from my nabe in Brooklyn, NY
Some Holiday cheer from my nabe in Brooklyn, NY

Greetings and Happy Holidays to you all.

This has certainly been a trying year, yet I aim to end 2016 and move into 2017 with as much light and love I can muster.  I saw myself begin to shrink in some ways after November 8th, fearful of what may befall me and my friends, colleagues and family.  As a person of color, it’s hard not to be painfully aware that we’re in a time space of inspired separation and no matter what side of the divide you stand – less of us feels safe.

But this  h e a v y  feelings has lifted, I see random acts of kindness all around me.  I see many trying to cling firmly to their goodness, doing what they can to be a positive force.  So I wish you all the very best wishes for the season and for the future.  We can only look up and we’ll find the good way to make it through.

If you’re in New York City around the holidays and want a nice and sultry thing to do, join me for my last gig of the  year at the 55BAR!

SoloTogether HER
Mazz Swift – violin, voice, compositions
Marika Hughes – cello, voice, compositions
Fay Victor – voice, compositions
the 55BAR, 7-9PM
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29 2016
No Cover, Two Drink minimum
donations accepted

I’m always excited to play at the 5’s and this is a special occasion indeed. Best wishes to you for a safe, fun and happy holiday season if we don’t meet until 2017.  I’ll be back around the New Year to say hi!

Till then,
Fay

Taken  at the Red Poppy House in San Francisco, CA
Taken at the Red Poppy House in San Francisco, CA

Creative Improvisation Workshop – Feb/Mar 2017

Greetings Friends,

A special message to share with you.
I’ve been improvising with my voice for over 15 years, and there is much to say and share about the process of using a vocal instrument within the realm of myriad improvisational situations and how to develop the language and technique to do so.
The idea for a workshop at the California Jazz Conservatory(CJC) in 2015 focused on Creative Improvisation was suggested by voalist and Vocal Chair at CJC Laurie Antonioli suggested the idea of sharing with vocalists what I do. I took this opportunity to develop a curriculum to do just that.  The sold-out workshop laid the ground work for the upcoming course. Since then I’ve done Creative Improvisation workshops at the CJC once more, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Bern, Switzerland and Montreal, Canada, tweaking the ideas along the way.  I am thrilled and excited to present the Improvising Beyond Scat: Creative Improvisation Workshop, in New York City for the first time. Please take a moment to read the flyer below.  Get in touch and spread the word!

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Thank you for reading,
Fay

November NEWS 2016 or let’s not fall off that cliff…

A weeping willow has the mood of myself and so many going into this Election Day. Melancholic beauty.
A weeping willow has the mood of myself and so many going into this Election Day. Melancholic beauty.

Making this post on Election Day 2016.

This may be the last post I make in a world that I know. I hope it isn’t so.

Greetings from Troy, NY where I’m appearing in a movie conceived and filmed by an amazing artist named Martine Syms. An incredible young artist you NEED to check out. The distraction is intoxicating and welcoming. Irregardless of how it goes I hope we all find a way to heal the wounds that this election has kicked up. Whatever side of the aisle you’re on, you can’t think that hatred is healing or positive. I’m wishing us all good luck for an outcome we can live with. Love, art, and music will still be here and we will need it more than ever!

Here’s what’s up this month…

MON-FRI November 7-11 2016
EMPAC
w. Martine Syms
AN EVENING WITH QUEEN WHITE
feature length film
Presenting in London, England and MOMA, NYC in 2017

SATURDAY, ​November 12 2016
IN PRAISE OF ORNETTE
Sound it Out Series at the Greenwich House
presenting an all Ornette ​Coleman ​
program with passion.
Darius Jones – alto saxophone
Kenny Wessel – electric guitar
Sean Conly – double bass
8pm
$12

​SUNDAY,​ November 13 2016
SPLINTERS AND SHARDS
Part of Marty Ehrlich’s week at the Stone
Marty Ehrlich – reeds, compositions
Angelica Sanchez​ ​- piano
Kate Gentile​ – drums
8pm​
$20
www.thestonenyc.com

SATURDAY​,​ November 19 2016
ROSWELL RUDD 81st BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Roswell Rudd – trombone
​Lafayette Harris Jr – piano
Ken Filiano – double bass
Live at the Falcon
7PM

Thanks for reading friends and see you on the other side.  Onward!

Fay

A sneak peek of the character I'm portraying this week.  Exciting project!
A sneak peek of the character I’m portraying this week. Exciting project!

October 2016 News and Views

Greetings friends,

Deep into a busy Fall season with wonderful things happening.  Here’s hoping all is wonderful in your world. And perhaps I’ll see you at one of the happenings coming up.Just a recap about September before going forward…it was chock full of exciting performances and important lessons!  Recorded a beautiful project with the legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd and with trumpeter composer Wadada Leo Smith on his Oratorio for Rosa Parks, which we also performed on the FONT Festival. I also spent an incredible weekend in Montreal performing a few concerts and running a Creative Improvisation Workshop. Great audiences, a full workshop and many magical moments and many thanks to my great host Geraldine Eguiluz who made the trip North possible.

A recap of September 2016
A recap of September 2016

September ended as most months in my musical world do – at the 55 BAR in the West Village of NYC performing with saxophonist Darius Jones and cellist Marika Hughes with Old Songs, New Skin – pre-FVE compositions of mine and hubby Jochem van Dijk.  New Skins indeed.  We worked out some interesting approaches that we performed on Thursday and WOW.  Song transformation!

October details of wonderfulness coming up below:

**FRIDAY, October 7 2016
Standard Explorations

FV – voice
Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone
Aruan Ortiz – piano
Ken Filiano – double bass
2 sets. 7 and 8PM
$15 suggested donation
Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church

59 West 137th Street, NY NY

**SUNDAY, October 9 2016
 Arts for Art: InGarden Series
FV – voice
Sam Newsome – soprano sax
William Parker – double bass
See entire schedule HERE
4:45PM – ONE Set Only
at
First Street Green
An Un-Columbus Celebration
33 E. First Street, near 2nd Ave

**SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
EVIDENCE: the baldwin suite
by William Hooker
St Peter’s Church
8:00 pm.
The Saint Peter’s Church
Lexington Av and 53rd St, New York, NY –
Admission : $20.00
seniors and students $12.00

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**SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23
w/Jd Walter at SMALL’s
The Cutting Sessions
www.smallslive.com
183 West 10th Street
New York City, New York
10014 USA

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27
the 55 BAR RESIDENCY:
w Lisa Mezzacappa (double bass) & Michael Attias ( reeds)
7-9PM
www.55bar.com
No Cover, 2 drink Minimum

This Autumn in New York is almost perfect weather wise.  The bombing in the middle of September rattled but didn’t shake us New Yorkers.  Barely anyone has mentioned it since.  Once of the things I love about living here.  We live with too many different beautiful people to know that you can’t generalize about anyone.  You’ve got to take people as they come.  So we’re OK. But my antennae is up. We’re one month shy of electing a new President to this nation.  I want to ask you all to vote.  This election more than ever, this maybe one of the most important elections ever. Make your voices heard.  Thank you for reading.

Fay

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