Sending Love and wishes to you all for a wonderful New Year! Lots of things coming up for FV in 2015 that will unfold as the year…well..unfolds! For now, want to tell you what’s going on in the short term and again I wish you all the best!! Thanks for reading.
Here’s WHAT’S UP in January 2015
>>>>>SUNDAY, JANUARY 4th join me, Ratzo Harris and Kenny Wessel for a sumptuous Jazz Brunch at the North Square Hotel. This trio played there for the first time last July and it was a blast! Looking forward to swing the afternoon away. Sets at 12:30 and 2PM, Reservations highly recommended. >>>>>SATURDAY, JANUARY 17th, I’m part of an ensemble of William Parker’s Tone Motion Theatre piece featuring some heavy hitters such as Cooper Moore, Hamid Drake and Joe McPhee in the mix. At Roulette, 8PM. $25. >>>>>THURSDAY, JANUARY 29th, I’m back at the 55BAR with Herbie Nichols SUNG featuring Herbie Nichols wonderful compositions stretched wide open alongside Anthony Coleman (piano) and Ratzo Harris (bass). 7-9PM, NO Cover, 2 drink minimum. >>>>>FRIDAY, JANUARY 30th, Evolving Series Special Event through Arts for Arts for #BlackLivesMatter. FV Free Improv ensemble featuring Daniel Carter (reeds) and Reggie Nicholson (drums, percussion). Set time, TBA.
May 2015 be the year you’ve been waiting for in your wildest dreams and may all those dreams come true! Thanks for reading.
Yes it’s been a moment since I’ve made a post to this here website yet as the end of the year nears I wanted to take a moment to mention just one more concert for 2014.
Before that though – I want to take a moment to say thank you, thank you for all your support for this year and every other. I find it difficult to make creative music without knowing how it comes across. Putting my heart and soul into the music I make and knowing it communicates in a strong way makes me happier than hardly anything else. I need to be present in my music and I thank all of the people that help show me the way. These are times that demand strong voices. On New Years Day of this almost gone year, my husband and I went to see 12 Years a Slave, a movie we spoke about for hours afterwards, seemingly setting the tone for how this year would unfold in this country. How racism, every present in American Society would rise back up through the blatant racist policing all across this country and highlighted in incidents in Missouri, Ohio and my own city, New York. I want my voice to be stronger than ever.
Stronger than ever as a teacher. I’ve been teaching since the late 90′s yet the last few years something has changed. I just love it and get so much out of it. I see the immediate benefit of my work with students. It’s a clear and wonderful relationship and I’m running two vocal workshops on a weekly basis, which teaches me so much about my students and myself. I’m amazed to see my students grow and this year they grew tremendously. This time of years, many of my students are performing, old hat for some. For others, they are dipping their toe in the water for the first time. I’m tremendously proud of those vocalists that brave their souls to discover all this wonderment within them.
Stronger than ever to face sadness. 2014 had a number for tough losses of friends such as trumpeter and downtown scene stalwart and musician Roy Campbell, the legendary Amiri Baraka, and most recently, another downtown legend Will Connell passed away. That news, so sudden and unexpected especially since Will was full of energy and excitement, prepping for his residency at The Stone (coming up this week and now held in his honor). He was a fierce and powerful musician carrying that fire with quiet dignity and his SOUND was something to be experienced. Thankfully, I played with him a few times this past year for the first time after all these years. I put together a quartet that got to play out twice and thankfully documented by Don Mount – VoiceHornsBass included Vincent Chancey on french horn and Ken Filiano on double bass along with Will playing flute, alto and bass clarinet.
This coming week, I along with a host of great musicians and poets will descend on the Stone to pay tribute Will Connell, Jr., our great friend of the community and of the music that will be terribly missed. We miss him already. Please check the Stone website for all the details of this week’s residency. I’m part of the ensemble playing this Tuesday night, DECEMBER 23rd entitled World Peace, With or Without People: Music from the legacy of Horace Tapscott, set at 8 and 10pm. I hope many of you will join us to raise our voices in tribute and celebration.
With all that’s going crazy in the world at this moment, I’m grateful for those closest to me - friends, family and the gift of music. I wish you and yours all the best for a healthy and happy holiday season full of reflection and appreciation for what we have to be thankful for. Best wishes too for a prosperous and wondrous 2015.
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.
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….
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!
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.
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.
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 222014. 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!
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.
photo of CalArts students courtesy of Carmina Escobar; all other photos by Fay Victor
Yep…summer 2014 is finished for all intensive purposes and I’m looking forward to a robust autumn filled with teaching and wonderful ventures.
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:
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!
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!
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.
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.
I’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!
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.
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 Ensembleon 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…
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,
Fountain at sunset between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, Istanbul Turkey (June 2014)