What’s Happening in NOVEMBER 2014

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Fall now is in full swing and this weekend in New York City we’re feeling it.  Brisk and fresh, its definitely time to think of the indoors and get ready for the cold. Warming up with great music always helps to get through the dark and short winter days to come and we’ve only just put the clocks back.

a page from the Sequenza III score
a page from the Sequenza III score

Stepping back for second to October turned out to be a wonderful month of musical eclecticism for me.  Started the month playing at I-BEAM with Jason Hwang on violin and Miya Masaoka on koto! Whoa.  A joy and new discovery to make music with these instruments.  We also a special guest from Indonesia Djudak Ferianto a great musician and vocalist that joined and added abundantly to the proceedings.  The next great thing was VoiceHornsBass on the InGarden Series for Arts for Art with Ken Filiano (double bass), Will Connell (reeds) and Vincent Chancey (french horn).  This was our 2nd meeting of improvising textures, tones and text…it was wonderful. Then what was for e a milestone – I had the opportunity to perform Sequenza III by the great Italian composer Luciano Berio, as part of an all Berio program at Columbia University through the new and exciting chamber organization, ensemble mise-en.  It’s the first time I performed a solo vocal piece ever.  What a thrilling experience it was.  I closed out the month at the 55BAR with Marika Hughes (cello) and Sean Conly (double bass) playing older songs of mine and Jochem van Dijk – pre-FVE tunes re-cast in a different instrumentation.  It was a lot of fun and great exploration with fresh approaches.  I think we’ll do that again very soon….

InGarden Series at Frist Green Gardens - though Arts for Art
InGarden Series at Frist Green Gardens – though Arts for Art

Coming up this month, its a month chock full of DUOs and a big film Collab. I’m back at the Lexington Hotel twice in November with bassist Ratzo Harris on WEDNESDAY, November 5 and Anders Nilsson on TUESDAY, November 18th.  On November 15th, I’m playing with guitarist Brandon Seabrook at new venue run in Brooklyn by Cisco Bradley called New Revolution Arts.  Then on TUESDAY, November 25th, I’m past of a big group at JACK in Brooklyn performing and improvising in front of and alongside films! Finally, the day after Thanksgiving I head to Chicago to help celebrate 40 years of the great Amsterdam club the Bimhuis in a duo with famed cellist Tristan Honsinger, where we’ll play an improvised voice/cello set at Constellation.  I haven’t been to Chicago since 2010, looking forward to being there for a little while.

Thanks much for reading and hope to see you out and about!

Fay

Out at night at home in Brooklyn
Out at night at home in Brooklyn

*all photos by FV unless otherwise noted.

 

What’s happening in October 2014

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Hey Friends,

Here’s what’s coming up for October in the New York City.  I recently returned from the Netherlands visiting friends and family… a wonderful trip and great to revisit faces and places with Jochem as we’re rarely there together.  Came back to New York and dove right into the Very Very Threadgill Festival from the great composer and musician Henry Threadgill,  honored to be a part of this wonderful event put on at Harlem Stage and curated by Jason Moran!  A fantastic and beautiful weekend to have been a part of. I then closed on September being part of the VoiceArts Forum at Cal Arts on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, giving a presentation on my work and via Skype! It was wonderful and thanks to vocalist/educator Carmina Escobar for inviting me to take part.

CalArts Students taking me in during the VoiceArts Forum on September 29, 2014
CalArts Students taking me in during the VoiceArts Forum on September 29, 2014

And now we’re into October with lots in store as well!  Starting on coming TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, a first time improv meeting with myself, the fantastic Miya Masaoka on koto and the fantabulous Jason Hwang on violin at I-BEAM.  I’ve been wanting to play with Miya for some time now and Jason has also been on my short list of faves to meet in an improv setting.  I’m really glad it’s happening, and before us the great bassist Ken Filiano will perform solo.

IBEAM OCTOBER
Then MONDAY, OCTOBER 13 I’m playing on the Arts for Arts InGarden Series, closing out the month long series with VoiceBassHorns with Ken Filiano on double bass, Vincent Chancey on french horn and Will Connell on reeds. I put this group together in my head some months ago and we played together for real on June 30.  WOW. Very, very happy that this opportunity has come up to play again and so soon. Our set is up at 4PM but before that there’s drummer Michael TA Thompson’s and reedist Patrick Brennan’s groups at 2PM and 3PM respectively. Learn more details here.


Later on in the month I’m undertaking quite the undertaking on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22 2014.  Performing a piece of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza III for female voice as part of the Mise-En presentation at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University, part of an evening called Berio in NYC: Sequenzas and Chemins IV.  I’m excited and petrified at the same time.  This piece deeply inspired me when I began to delve into extended vocal techniques.  I cant believe I’ll have the opportunity to perform it myself and I hope you can make it.  It free!

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Closing out the month at the 55BAR on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 with ‘Old Songs, New Skin‘ with a slightly different line-up of Marika Hughes on cello and Sean Conly on bass, mostly playing pre FVE compositions with a different sonic spin and musical approach.  Looking forward to this journey!

Thanks for reading friends…musical blessings to you.

Fay

photo of CalArts students courtesy of Carmina Escobar; all other photos by Fay Victor

Hello September 2014!

Hey there September!

Yep…summer 2014 is finished for all intensive purposes and I’m looking forward to a robust autumn filled with teaching and wonderful ventures.

Chinatown, NYC
Chinatown, NYC

Before I go into that – - how was your summer?  Did you take it easy, reflect, tackle that thing laid low for so long?  I hardy tackled anything old nor did I take it as easy as planned.  The summer turned out to be much busier than I expected with a few good periods  for reflection and introspection…new changes are a foot.  All good, all good.

Now back to this month’s happenings…on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th I’m part of an benefit event put on by Matana Roberts and Musician For Peace, a benefit to raise funds for Michael Brown’s Family.  This will be a beautiful event and a sharing.  The line up features some amazing people donating their time and energy to this event will be held at Union Pool…check out the funky flyer below:

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Then I take a dip out of town but back in time to hit the 55BAR on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th with the Fay Victor Ensemble with Ken Filiano on bass and Anders Nilsson on guitar for the early set!  Rounding out  the month in an event I’m honored to be a part of and if you want to get in on this amazing festival, I’d buy tickets sooner rather than later.  Pianist Jason Moran is curating a phenomenal event of the weekend of SEPTEMBER 27-28th dedicated to the music of Henry Threadgill called VERY VERY THREADGILL at Harlem Stage.  The line-up is insane, including folks such as Imani Winds, Black Sun featuring Cassandra WIlson and much more…

In other news, the Jazz Vocal Workshop at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music starts up this month (The New York Jazz Workshop Adv.  Jazz Vocal Workshop starts up in the beginning of October).  My private practice is growing still I do have some space open and availabel for new students.  If you or someone you know is looking for vocal instruction, learn more on the FV Teaching page. Finally, I’m honored to be included in an exhibition of the amazing Slovenian photographer Petra Cvelbar called “In Women’s Hands” featuring female artists that have performed in Ljubljana. I was fortunate to be there in 2011 on tour with Dutch reedist Ab Baars. You can learn more about her work here.

Have a festive end of summer and ease on into Fall.  It’s not so bad!

Cheers,
Fay

Photo taken by Petra Cvelbar in Ljubljana, Slovenia in November 2011
Photo taken by Petra Cvelbar in Ljubljana, Slovenia in November 2011

August 2014 Happenings

Summer Greetings…

A selfie I took at the Stone
A selfie I took at the Stone

How is summer treating you? Summer is treating me fine and I survived just passing another time around the sun and celebrating 17 years of marriage to my great hubby, Jochem van Dijk,  by hibernating in a cabin in the foothills of the Catskills. I closed out July with another celebration – the two year anniversary of my residency at the 55BAR on Thursday, July 31st!  It was an amazing night of music and new collaborations.  To help me celebrate I asked a bunch of special guests to stop by including reedist Daniel Carter, Michael Attias and the great Will Connell!

The gangs all here from the 55BAR FV celebration on July 31, 2014: Will Connell, Daniel Carter, Michael Attias, Anders Nilsson, Jochem van Dijk, Ratzo Harris and Jason Nazary!
The gangs all here from the 55BAR FV celebration on July 31, 2014: Will Connell, Daniel Carter, Michael Attias, Anders Nilsson, Jochem van Dijk, Ratzo Harris and Jason Nazary!

Just as August entered, I once more had the honor to play with the wonderful multi-instrumentalist/composer Tyshawn Sorey on SUNDAY, AUGUST 3rd, closing out his week long residency at The Stone! We had an explosive set, following an intense set with vocalist Jen Shyu.  What a great night of music that was and so damn honored to be a part.  I also applaud Tyshawn for programming one hell of a week at the Stone and how cool of him to close out the run with vocalists on his final night! And the music – OMG. Here’s a fresh video below of the proceedings, courtesy of Don Mount.

Now into August, slowing down just a tad but still a few things in town if you’re around…I’ll be at The Lexington Hotel twice in August continuing the DUO series through the presentation of the New York Jazz Workshop with guitarist Anders Nilsson on TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 and with Kenny Wessel on TUESDAY, AUGUST 26 playing jazz standards.  Anders and I are back in DUO at the 55BAR this month as well on THURSDAY, AUGUST 28th, this time though as the ExPosed Blues DUO, honing our Ornette Coleman program and more favorites.  Check all the details on the GIG section of the FV website for more details.

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Courtesy of Michael Weintrob

Cheers to you!
Fay

 

TWO Year Residency Celebration at the 55BAR on July 31st!

Rondout Reservoir, The Catskills, NY
Rondout Reservoir, The Catskills, NY

Coming up this week at the 55BAR, I celebrate TWO years of having the last Thursday of the month as a regular space to play.  Its been a joy playing at the 55BAR since 2005 then getting a monthly spot was all the better!! So if you’re in NYC and free, come on down and check out the music.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Summer Happenings – July 2014

Woooooo weeeeeeee!

Brooklyn SunsetI’m still calming down from an amazing and thrilling June! Some traveling, lots of teaching and playing, more performances than I’ve had in one month for a long time.  The trip to Istanbul, Turkey with the New York Jazz Workshop was a transcendent life experience.  Not only were the vocal students I had for a week wonderful and incredibly smart, they all developed in leaps and bounds within that week.  At the beginning I encountered singers so used to singing together that they blended beautifully, almost becoming one sound.  Yet I wanted each vocalist to begin to feel confident within their own individual voices.  I was so happy to hear that by the final presentation they did just that! Sounding like their beautiful individual selves and all the happier for it.  Here is a happy selfie of the students in Istanbul!

Istanbul Vocal Group Selfie
Soon after returning to NYC, I played the final day of Vision Festival 19 in duo with multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey – I’m still thinking about that set and looking forward to playing with him once more in August, closing out Tyshawn’s residency at the Stone on SUNDAY, AUGUST 3RD for the 10PM set and part of a full night of vocals with Jen Shyu playing with Tyshawn at 8PM!  Another wonderful happening in June was getting back together with former Music OMI fellows Elisabeth Harnik and Dominic Lash who came in into town to perform as part of our collective trio ReDDeer! We hadn’t played together in over 2 years, coming together playing first at the Austrian Cultural Forum and then on Andrew Drury’s Soup and Sound Series! Just before this wonderful OMI reunion (the day before in fact), I presented my first Jazz Vocal Workshop class at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.  All of the students and the serious rhythm section behind them kicked it out of the park!  I look forward to continuing to run the Jazz Vocal Workshop at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music this Fall.  I finished June with a wonderful hit on the Evolving Series with Will Connell, Vincent Chancey and Ken Filiano in a free improv foray I’ll remember for a long time to come.

by musicWitness - Jeff Schlanger at Vision Festival 19 DUO with Tyshawn Sorey
by musicWitness – Jeff Schlanger at Vision Festival 19 DUO with Tyshawn Sorey

Now July is here as is the call of summer and I’m scaling it back a bit but not too much! This coming SUNDAY, JULY 6th, I play on the North Square Lounge Brunch for the first time at the Washington Square Hotel in West Village of NYC.  This is a fabulous brunch in a cool art deco setting.  The prices are reasonable, the music is free of charge and I almost never do a jazz brunch (my first time here) so I’m looking forward to playing in this setting and having you there. Having Kenny Wessel on guitar and Ratzo Harris will surely charge up any Sunday afternoon swing! Speaking of swinging, I’m at the Lexington Hotel twice this month – playing with Ratzo Harris on TUESDAY, JULY 8 and with Anders Nilsson on TUESDAY, JULY 22nd.  I’m also excited to play for the first time at the WhyNot Jazz Cafe on the WhyNOT Experiment Series with the Fay Victor Ensemble on SUNDAY, JULY 13th curated by vocalist Andrea Wolper. Closing out the month on THURSDAY, JULY 31st celebrating my 2nd year residency at the 55BAR.  The last couple years this event coincided with my birthday but this year its almost week away – so I’ll present FV’s Blues and Standards with special guests through out the evening.  Check the GIG section of the site for all the deets…

Photo by Richard Koek
Photo by Richard Koek

For the rest I’m looking to filling in the empty spaces with relaxation and reflection, seeing friends, going to the beach and just smelling the roses.  I love being busy and active but if I’m not careful it can pull me away from myself.  Furthermore, I really need to work out a workout regimen that works for me, so I’ll be working on that! Need to get more healthy and most importantly have more energy. I wish everyone a fruitful, restful and rejuvenating summer.

Till soon and stay cool,
Fay

Blue Mosque FountainFountain at sunset between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, Istanbul Turkey (June 2014)

*ALL photos taken by FV unless otherwise noted*

55BAR & Mise-en Festival this SATURDAY, JUNE 21st!

Friends,

This month the 55BAR residency will be on SATURDAY, JUNE 21ST from 6-9PM instead of THURSDAY, JUNE 26 as previously scheduled.  Still with Herbie Nichols SUNG featuring Michael Attias on reeds and Ratzo Harris on double bass.  NO COVER, 2 drink minimum.

Earlier in the day, I’ll run an IMPROVISATION Workshop for the wonderful and new Mise-en Music Festival at the Cell in New York City. Click the link to learn more about this festival and how you can participate.

Herbie Nichols Workshops MISE

June June June June June 2014!

Between Cold Spring and Peekskill, NY
think of all the possibilities…photo taken by FV

What this month this June will be will be will be! A fun and action packed month so let me get right to it.

Starting the month off with performing at private party/fundraiser for ARTOMI featuring former formidable fellows of Music OMI with flautist Jamie Baum, pianist Ursel Schlicht and guitarist Anders Nilsson on WEDNESDAY JUNE 4 then THURSDAY, JUNE 5 the Fay Victor Ensemble (FVE) performs at The Jazz Gallery in New York City for the first time!  I, WE are so excited to play here and introduce our music to the Jazz Gallery audience.  If you’re in town, please join us for a special evening where we’ll venture through the full book nine years running. The FVE just returned from an amazing appearance on the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares Series in Western Massachusetts, playing a 2-hour long set and receiving a standing ovation after! We can’t wait to bring some of that energy this coming Thursday to the esteemed Jazz Gallery stage.

Photo by Richard Koek
The Fay Victor Ensemble. Photo by Richard Koek

A few days later I head to Istanbul, Turkey as part of the New York Jazz Workshop faculty where we’ll head up a week of workshops and masterclasses at Bognazi University in celebration of the institution turning 150 years old. Honored to say the least plus excited to go to this seriously important world city for the first time. Just as I get back, I’ll appear on Vision Festival 19 in duo with multi-instrumentalist/composer Tyshawn Sorey for the 6:00 Set on SUNDAY JUNE 15, Our first two outings as a duo was an transformational experience. I expect nothing less on this occasion.  Vision Festival 19 begins at Roulette, starting on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 specially honoring artist Jeff Schlanger and the great, great Charles Gayle.  Check out full schedule for the Vision Festival here.

On TUESDAY JUNE 17 back at the Lexington Hotel with Anders Nilsson with jazz hats firmly in place. SATURDAY, JUNE 21st happy as pie to run an improvisation workshop on the Mise-en Music Festival (Check festival details and events here…this is a very special festival dedicated to new and contemporary music composers) and WEDNESDAY JUNE 25th I’m at the Austrian Cultural Forum with Reddeer, my collective trio with Austrian pianist Elisabeth Harnik and British bassist Dominic Lash.  THURSDAY JUNE 26th back at the 55BAR with Herbie Nichols SUNG in TRIO – still coming down after a wonderful experience on the Brooklyn launch of the Sound it Out Series at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on May 15th.

Herbie Nichols SUNG on the Sound it Out Series launch in Brooklyn on May 15th. Photo by Jeff Evans
Herbie Nichols SUNG on the Sound it Out Series launch in Brooklyn on May 15th with Michael Attias, FV, Ratzo Harris and Michael Sarin (shown). Photo by Jeff Evans

As the month winds down, I’m playing in a number of configurations on Andrew Drury’s SOUP and SOUND Series including a set with Elisabeth Harnik on SATURDAY JUNE 28th. I’m closing out the month finally back on the Evolving Music Series on MONDAY JUNE 30 with a special group I put together that may never come together again called VoiceBassHorns with the great Will Connell on reeds, Vincent Chancey on french horn, Ken Filiano on bass. Should be a blast and will be the first time I’ll play with Will Connell.

In other news, I’m finishing up my first semester at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music running the Jazz Vocal Workshop and we’ll have our final performance on TUESDAY JUNE 24th on the main stage of the school. A great group of vocalists and I’m excited for them and this performance. Wow. How lucky and blessed I feel to have the opportunity to share so many sides of myself with so many of you. This year has been a wild and crazy ride; the possibilities seem endless.  May all the dreams, visions and opportunities you seek find you and take you where you need to go.  Walk in the dream of your own making.

Can’t wait to see you out there!
Fay

great crowd to great us in Greenfield, MA on May 25th as part of the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares.
great crowd to greet the FVE in Greenfield, MA on May 25th as part of the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares.