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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September 2016 and more. Happy Autumn!

Greetings to you all,

Summer is just about over as the Autumn season beckons, in fact it’s already begun. Folks headed back to school are already there and the warm weather in NYC can’t change the angle of the new light, how it sets on the horizon. How the hues are changing as the earth’s axis starts to pivot away from the sun on our hemisphere. I see it in the news cycle. A presidential election is also on horizon…long a-coming. Feels this world may be transformed by the result. As I write this the night before the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in my city, I cant help but think how that fateful day and loss of dear life planted the seeds for where we are now. Now feels like another fateful moment, period, era. I’m slightly anxious yet hopeful that we’ll wake up on the first Wednesday in November breathing a sigh of relief. A collective sigh..

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So as this season unfolds, I want to share with you the amazing projects and shows I’m honored to be a part of. In fact I’ve already dove into the season working 3 days right at the beginning of this month on a new project with the great trombonist Roswell Rudd. We spent 2 days in the studio with a day off in between up near the beginnings of the Catskill Mountains. It was a beautiful and powerful few days connecting with Roswell, bassist Ken Filiano and pianist Lafayette Harris, Jr. The air, good country walks and long meals and conversations added that extra magic to the music we laid down. This is also my first album performing standards in about 15 years. So I’m very excited for everyone to hear it when it’s released in 2017 on Rare Noise records. Now back in NYC, I start off my performing schedule doing a jazz brunch this SUNDAY, September 11, 2016. I do these so rare and only at the North Square. Maybe see you there or any of the other options this season.  Looking forward and thanks for reading.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
North Square
103 Waverly Pl. @ Macdougal
www.northsquareny.com
FV – voice
Kenny Wessel – guitar
Ratzo Harris – double bass
Sets:  12:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Ask to be seated in the music room
No cover or minimum

FRIDAY – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16-18 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada!
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16

Fay Victor with the Montréal Quintet
Resonance Café
featuring
Craig Pedersen/trumpet
Lori Freedman/clarinets
Guillaume Dostaler/piano
Nicolas Caloïa/contrebasse
http://www.resonancecafe.com/
5175a av. du parc
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Creative Improvising Workshop-rehearsal + Concert
Cafe Obscura
1801 Rue Latreille, Montreal
http://casaobscura.org/
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Fay Victor with Nigredo’do
la passe
1214 de la Montagne, Montreal, Canada
http://lapasse.org/
Nigredo’ ro
Geraldine Eguiluz: voix, guitare, trompette, perc
Jean René: violon alto
Rainer Wiens: kalimbas, guitare préparée
Saeed Kamjoo:kamancheh, gheychak
Stéphane Diamantakiou: contrebasse

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
I join a 12 piece ensemble of the great Wadada Leo Smith to perform on the FONT Festival
at the New School in New York City.
Premiere of Wadada Leo Smith’s Rosa Parks – Oratorio, 6 Songs with Video
performed by a 12-piece ensemble
FONT Festival of New Trumpet Music 2016
The New School – The Auditorium Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street New York, NY 10011
7:00 pm

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Old Songs, New Skin
FV – voice, compositions
Darius Jones – alto saxophone
Marika Hughes – cello
55BAR
55 Christopher Street
www.55bar.com
No Cover, 2 drink minimum

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The Rest of FALL 2016 (as of this writing)

FRI October 7>>>>>Harlem Jazz Series with Sam Newsome, Aruan Ortiz and Ken Filiano

SUN October 9>>>>>InGardens w Sam Newsome and William Parker

SAT October 15>>>>>EVIDENCE:a Baldwin Suite, a piece by William Hooker at St. Peter’s Church

SUN October 23>>>>>Duets with JD Walter at Small’s

THURS October 27>>>>>55 Bar with Lisa Mezzacappa (from the Bay Area!) and more

SAT November 12>>>>>IN PRAISE OF ORNETTE at the Greenwich House

SUN November 13>>>>>w Marty Ehrlich’s trio at the Stone

SAT November 19>>>>>The Falcon in Marlboro, NY with the Roswell Rudd Quartet

THURS December 29>>>>>with Marika Hughes and Mazz Swift at the 55Bar

Mid Summer News…

Metarie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA
Metarie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA

Friends!

Here’s to hoping you are all on a beach somewhere soaking up the sunshine as you read this post…summer is still roaring on.  I am not on a beach as I write this but no complaining for me.  Summer has been a blast so far…

This past July I spent 10 days in the great city of New Orleans absorbing the heat and the music. The heat was OK to deal with there, felt good even.  Back in NYC with a heatwave that didn’t keep the good vibes down for my Annual Birthday Hang at the 55BAR on Thursday, July 28th.  Wow! The music, the musicians, the cake, the audience – everything – was incredible and soul nourishing.  Thanks to those that were there for making it so much more special! check out a sound clip below of some of the celebration.

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Snapshots of FV’s Birthday Hang at the 55BAR on July 28th. A great evening of great sounds and people.

This month I start things off with the Annual Advanced Vocal Summit for the New York Jazz Workshop.  This will be my 7th time running the SOLD OUT 4-day workshop +++ we’ll have a concert featuring all the vocalists on SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 from 5-8PM at the Lexington Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. A great opportunity to catch an  international group of vocalists on their way up and with a kickass team of Janice Friedman on piano and Kevin Hailey on double bass to accompany us all.

The rest of the month shapes up nicely as well!

>>Wednesday, AUGUST 17 2016 with Joe Morris, William Parker, Hamid Drake and Gerald Cleaver at the Stone. 10PM. !!!! Part of Joe Morris’ week long residency

>>Thursday, AUGUST 18 2016 with Tomas Fujiwara and Ben Gerstein at Manhattan Inn.  SPYing Series curated by Jamie Breezy Branch and Brandon Lopez. 11 PM

>>Thursday, AUGUST 25 2016 with Marvin Sewell and Sean Conly at the 55BAR. FV Monthly Residency. 7-9PM.  No Cover

>>Wednesday AUGUST 31 and Friday, SEPTEMBER 2 – recording with Roswell Rudd, Lafayette Harris and Ken Filiano.  Kerhonksen, NY. Rescheduled from August 3 and 6, 2016.

Thanks for reading…more goodness coming for Fall 2016.  Will make a fresh post at the end of the month. Enjoy the rest of summer!
Fay

Joe Morris and FV at the Fridman Gallery in NYC after thier DUO performance on Matana Roberts' I CALL AMERICA Exhibit on July 7, 2016
Joe Morris and FV at the Fridman Gallery in NYC after their DUO performance on Matana Roberts’ I CALL AMERICA Exhibit on July 7, 2016

 

what’s up in July 2016

fridman galleryFriends,

Hope your summer is off to a healthy and fun start!

Keeping  it brief and here’s what’s coming up if you’re around town this July and want to check out some music.  I’m doing a few wonderful things including my annual birthday hang at the 55 BAR on July 28th 2016!

Matana Roberts & Guests: “I Call America” Art Exhibit & Concert Series
Concert series, part 2, July 2016, doors at 7:30 p.m., music from 8 p.m.
Tickets www.fridmangallery.com/#!bookstore/c1xm4, or $10 at the door.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016>>>>>>8PM
Fay Victor – voice, texts
Joe Morris – guitar

Fridman Gallery is pleased to present the first solo gallery exhibition by the renowned cross-disciplinary artist and experimental composer Matana Roberts, who spent most of 2015 in residency at the Whitney Museum of American Art, creating both visual work and musical compositions, responding to the Whitney’s new building and its inaugural exhibition, “America is Hard to See.” The residency culminated in a one-night installation and orchestral performance on December 31st, aptly titled “red, white and blues,” which questioned, in Roberts’s words, “the perplexities of what it means to be American in the twenty-first century.” It’s an honor to be included in the musical line-up which also included, Mary Halvorsen, Henry Grimes and Liberty Ellman. It’s is an incredible honor to perform duo for the first time with the formidable and incredible Joe Morris.

BARBES Residency with Jeremiah Lockwood

Jeremiah Lockwood is a wonderful guitarist and singer and bandleader that has relocated to the West Coast.  I was part of a soundtrack project he put together a few years ago and that was intense and fun.  We’ve also worked together on an Anthony Braxton Opera, Trillium J. Last year, he reached out for us to play as a duo on his yearly Barbes Residency last July and that was a hoot.  truly.  So glad he asked again and that’s happening next Saturday, July 9th at Barbes. Featuring Americana, the Blues and Gospel.

SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2016>>>>>>6PM
Fay Victor – voice
Jeremiah Lockwood – guitar
Barbes
376 Ninth Street
Brooklyn, NY  11217

THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016>>>>>>7PM
55BAR
55 Christoper StreetResidency & Birthday Celebration!!
Line up to be confirmed soon….

Here’s a small sample of last years proceedings…see you out there and thanks for reading!!

My featured piece of jewelry this week : –gold slugs by Custom Gold Grillz (see more info by following the link to their website)-

What more is there to say?
What more is there to say?

 

 

June is Jumping in 2016!

Brooklyn...
Brooklyn…

How is life treating you music lovers and others out there? Life here is A-OK. Oh I could complain about many a mundane thing but I actually don’t have anything to share but good news. Many artists and friends are struggling to survive in New York City. Struggling to stay and be viable in a dwindling area where working people can afford to be. Many are going through tough times, such as Arts for Art, the organization that puts on the Vision Festival, is going through a rough patch over loss of funding.

We (my husband and I) are OK for the moment but we rent. In Brooklyn. So…

We like where we live, it all feels stable since we’ve been in same place for close to 13 years. Stable…until it isn’t. Of course.  Which is the angst.  Too many before us have been there. If it comes to that, it will all work out somehow. Sharing the stress of what many of us have faced, are facing, and will face in this city is important. There is no shame in feeling afraid of how the money we make simply won’t go as far. Still the music goes on…now on to some good news!

Rehearsing with Aruan Ortiz and Marty Ehrlich for a fantastic hit at the 55BAR!
Rehearsing with Aruan Ortiz and Marty Ehrlich for a fantastic hit at the 55BAR!

As I step out of May 2016, I’m full of gratitude for the three performances I had last month that were extremely different and so rewarding in their own way. Wonderful to meet up musically this month, twice, with pianist Aruan Ortiz. We’ve done a number of things together over the past few years and he’s making wonderful music himself. We played with Sam Newsome on a new series called One Breathe Rising combining poetry and music, (May 6th) then Aruan joined me at the 55BAR with the great reedist Marty Ehrlich last week Thursday (May 26). Smack dab in the middle of the month I went to Chicago with the fantastic musician/composer/educator Tyshawn Sorey to perform our DUO concept (about 4 years running) at Constellation which was just incredible. Standing ovation to boot. Check out this review of the concert here:
http://www.cacophonymag.com/fayvictoryandtyshawnsoreyduo

Fay Victor & Tyshawn Sorey Back stage at Constellation, Chicago. #selfie
Fay Victor & Tyshawn Sorey Back stage at Constellation, Chicago. #selfie

Now June is upon us and I’m thrilled to be back on the Vision Festival!! One of my favorite Festivals and an honor to be asked to perform as a leader for the 4th time! I’m bringing a new group called the SoundNoise Quartet. Last Fall on the InGarden Series put on by Arts for Art, I asked the incredible saxophonist Sam Newsome and Reggie Nicholson to join me for a free improv set. The results were just…wow. Check the video below. When Patricia Nicholson Parker reached out to offer me a set, she suggested the trio which I loved. But I wanted to add another element and thought of the electric bassist Melvin Gibbs to join us. He said yes! So there it is. we hope to see you there and throughout the festival.

In addition I’m part of two panel discussion on the Vision Festival – the first time I’ve been asked. Vision Festival Details Below…

JUNE 7 – 12, 2016 
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South, NYC
VISION FESTIVAL XXI

>>>>June 10th – 5PM
Panel The Creative Option : FreeJazz vs Fascism
Hamid Drake, Matt Shipp, Connie Crothers, Fay Victor, P Nicholson
Adam Zanolini, Moderator Scott Currie
>>>8PM
Fay Victor SoundNoise Quartet
Fay Victor – voice, text
Sam Newsome – soprano sax
Melvin Gibbs – bass guitar
Reggie Nicholson – drums, perc.
>>>>June 12th – 5PM
Panel The Creative Option : FreeJazz vs Fascism
William Hooker, Mike Reed, Fay Victor, Charlotte Ka
Moderator Scott Currie
www.artforart.org

On SUNDAY, JUNE 19th My Advanced Vocal Workshop at the New York City Jazz Workshop will put on their Spring presentation at Smalls! The group is just incredible this session and I look forward to smiling and swinging proudly through their performances. So proud of all the vocalists that will present their artistry and learnin’ on June 19th. On Wednesday, JUNE 22nd back at the Gin Fizz Lounge with the trio that blew the roof off the place when we played there in March – Marvin Sewell (guitar), Sean Conly (bass) and Reggie Nicholson (drums)! I close the month out on June 30th at the 55BAR with the Quiet Side w Ken Filiano and Sam Newsome!

Stay tuned too for the annually Birthday Hang bash at the 5’s! Will reveal the real deal on that very soon. These are becoming the stuff of legend. 😉

Much love, peace and music – we need, we need, we need!
Fay

Union Square Tilt Shift...by FV
Union Square Tilt Shift…by FV

 

May 2016 Musings and Shows

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May!

Yes we’re deep into Spring and NYC feels like it’s gearing up for winter. Yet the music never stops…

Been a moment since I’ve written a proper post. The world has changed drastically since then. Most recently losing the great musician extraordinaire crazy fantastical energy machine that was Prince. Seems like a locally grown bigot named Trump will be the GOP nominee for our next President, and I’ve made some musical discoveries as I open up my musical palette of taste and musicians and finally and WOO so happy to say – I recorded my Herbie Nichols SUNG project! Look for news on that release as it unfolds.

And teaching. Been teaching a bunch, deeply inspired by the students I’ve run across. How curious they are and open. So freaking open. Not much resistance to the unorthodox things I sometimes throw at them. I’ve been up at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, taught masterclasses in Antwerp and Amsterdam, ran a sold-out improvising workshop in the Bay area and still running the weekly workshop for the New York Jazz Workshop. Phew. Yesterday I did a clinic at NYU and for the first time I approached the podium feeling completely comfortable to just talk off of the outline. Let the flow determine where we go. We had a good time interacting and I may have found my stride as a speaker and educator. Makes me happy and only about 9 years in the making. :)

Going out to hear music:  Arts for Art Evolving Festival, April 2016
Going out to hear music: Arts for Art Evolving Festival, April 2016

Add to that, a  few wonderful shows are coming up this month that I’m happy to be a part of. Perhaps I’ll see you there!

FRIDAY, May 6 2016
One Breathe Rising Presents
FAY VICTOR’s Standard Explorations
FV – voice, compositions
Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone
Aruan Ortiz – piano
Opening first – Poet Delana R.A. Dameron
8:00PM
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
Ft Greene, Brooklyn, NY
$15 for all

SATURDAY, May 14 2016
Fay Victor/Tyshawn Sorey DUO
FV – voice, piano
Tyshawn Sorey – drums, piano, found objects
8:00PM
Constellation
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

THURSDAY, May 16 2016
55BAR Residency: FV with Marty Ehrlich & Aruan Ortiz
FV – voice
Marty Ehrlich – reeds
Aruan Ortiz – Fender Rhodes
7-9PM
55BAR
55 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014

FV with Tomas Fujiwara (drums) & Ben Gerstein (trombone)
FV with Tomas Fujiwara (drums) & Ben Gerstein (trombone)

I want to thank all the incredible musicians I’ve collaborated with in the past couple months on some amazing musical journeys: Achim Kaufmann and Tobias Delius on Herbie Nichols SUNG; Pianist Amy Bormet’s Quartet for the Washington Women in Jazz Festival; Darius Jones, Sean Conly and Kenny Wessel in In Praise of Ornette; Mazz Swift, Marika Hughes, Darren Johnston and Lisa Mezzacappa with me in the Bay area in early April; Tomas Fujiwara and Ben Gerstein with me on Sound Session for the Evolving Festival (check out the video of this performance below). That’s an amazing group of people to swirl around musical ideas with. I couldn’t be more blessed.

That’s what’s been going on and what’s coming up. See you out there or see you soon! Thanks so much for reading.

Fay

Crossing the Delaware, heading back to NYC after the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in our nation's capital.
Crossing the Delaware, heading back to NYC after the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in our nation’s capital.

FV at the 55BAR on April 28th w All Things with Strings!

Early Spring in New York City
Early Spring in New York City

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE!!
55BAR Residency:  ALL Things with Strings
THURSDAY, APRIL 28th, 2016
7-9PM

FV – voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson – guitar
Marika Hughes – cello
Sean Conly – double bass
at
The 55BAR
www.55bar.com
Join my for my monthly Residency at the 55BAR, featuring tunes from many genres with this fun and fresh instrumentation.  Always a great hang my Thursdays at the 5’s and this should be no different.

Check this clip from a recent concert on the West Coast to give a good idea where the music will go.  We hope to see you there!