December 2017 News and Views

Dear Friends,

Happy Holidays! Sharing all the goodies I’ve got coming up this month, grateful to have music in my life to share with others to ride the tide of this political madness we’re in the midst of.  So much change I even learned and covered a Prince tune, something I said I’d never do! Up down, all around, change is upon us. Riding the tide is the new normal. Hold on!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 2017
LawNOrder/opening for Soul Maker
Fay Victor: Voice
Amirtha Kidambi: Voice/Harmonium
Sarah Bernstein: Voice/Violin
Sean Conly: Bass/Voice
Michael Vatcher: Drums/Percussion/Voice
Mary Prescott: Piano/Voice
Daniel Marcellous Givens: Electronics/Voice
Darius Jones: Alto Sax/Composer
ROULETTE
509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
http://www.roulette.org
8PM

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 2017
Victor/Vatcher/Stewart
‘4 Mutations’
FV – voice, compositions
Luke Stewart – double bass
Michael Vatcher – drums
ARTS FOR ARTS/EVOLVING SERIES FESTIVAL
Clemente Soto Velez
107 Suffolk Street, NYC
Full schedule here: http://www.artsforart.org
9PM – ONE SET
$15/$20 Suggested donations

SATURDAY DECEMBER 16 2017 – TWO Happenings
Recording with Ivo Perlman!   
Ivo Perlman – saxophones
FV – voice
Joe Morris – guitar, double bass
Ramon Diaz – drums
AND
STANDARD EXPLORATIONS
FV – voice, compositions
Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone
Aruan Ortiz – piano
Ken Filiano – double
SISTA’S PLACEFV Bandleader Debut!
456 Nostrand Avenue, BK NY
2 sets: 9PM & 10:30PM
http://sistasplace.org/fay-victor/

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26 2017
In Praise of Ornette – TRIO
FV – voice, arrangements
Darius Jones – alto saxophone
Sean Conly – double bass
BARBES
http://www.barbesbrooklyn.com/calendar.html
376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.)
BK NY
7pm
$10

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 2017
The QUIET SIDE
FV – voice
Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone
Ken Filiano – double bass
The 55BAR
55 Christopher Street
www.55bar.com
7-9PM, No Cover – 2 Drink minimum

Other brief (but important) news:  I’m currently on three releases that I’m  honored to say are all great projects getting wonderful reviews in media outlets from the New York Times, The Huffington Post, The New York City Jazz Record and more.  Been waaaaay behind in updating the Discography page on the FV website and will remedy that this month but in the meantime – since it’s the holidays – here they are should you want to purchase for your or someone else’s listening pleasure 🙂

  1. EMBRACE: Roswell Rudd/Fay Victor/Lafayette Harris/Ken Filiano – on RareNoise Records. Released on November 17, 2017 with great reviews so far including a feature on the New York Times playlist. https://www.rarenoiserecords.com/rudd-victor-harris-filiano
  2. NEW YORK – ST. JOHANN: Fay Victor/Elisabeth Harnik/Dominic Lash. Released March 1 2017 on Evil Rabbit Records. https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/reddeer https://www.facebook.com/Evil-Rabbit-Records-482944735102053/
  3. GLORIOUS RAVAGE: Bay area bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa’s sprawling song cycle with an incredible ensemble group of players including Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Nicole Mitchell, Vinnie Golia, Darren Johnson and more…on New World Records https://gloriousravage.com/2017/11/03/recording-out-november-1-on-new-world-records/

As this year draws to a close and this world we live in feels more slippery and tenuous by the day, I’m grateful to be surrounded by beautiful and creative souls out to do whatever good that they can. No one knows what they can actually change but we know energy is power, energy is momentum and shifts can occur as long as we stay the course.  Being a creative person connecting with other like minded souls is the most powerful thing we can have. It’s why all autocratic leaning regimes try to suppress thinking/creative minds as soon as possible.  And make no mistake, that’s where we’re headed as a country, especially if we aren’t mindful of the opposite forces at work.  They too are strong.  Keep up the fight.

Wishing you all the best for the holiday season and I’ll be back with a posting closer to the end of the year.

With love, respect and gratitude,

Fay

November Gigs at a Glance…

Dear friends,

Here’s what’s coming up the rest of November in my performing life! Thanks for reading and hope to see you at a show or two! Gig page is updated as well.

November 9-12, 2017
The Commons Choir
Mayday Heyday Parfait
8PM
BRIC Arts Media
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/…/commons-choir-mayday-heyday…

Led by choreographer Daria Fain and poet Robert Kocik, The Commons Choir – through a collective creative process – uses voice & movement as links between art, health and social change. Music composed by alto saxophonist Darius Jones.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Embrace: A Musical Celebration of Friends and Collaborators of the Incredible Honk, Roswell Rudd
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Lincoln Center
8PM

As listed on Dizzy’s website: With saxophonist Archie Shepp, vocalist Fay Victor, pianist Lafayette Harris Jr, and bassist Ken Filiano; pianist Terry Adams; vocalists Sheila Jordan and Heather Masse; sexmob with trumpeter Steven Bernstein, alto saxophonist Briggan Krauss, vocalist Reggie Bennett, guitarist Rolf Sturm, drummer Kenny Wolleson, and bassist Mark Helias; Trombone Tribe with Josh Roseman Art Baron, Greg Glassman, Ray Anderson, Deborah Weisz, Steve Swell, and Bob Stewart. This special event is also a CD release celebration of Embrace, Roswell’s collaboration with Fay Victor, Lafayette Harris, and Ken Filiano. Swing by Dizzy’s for an uplifting night of jazz, and help us give a true living legend a proper birthday celebration!
http://www.jazz.org/…/embrace-a-musical-celebration-of-fri…/

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Barbes – 6PM
Fay Victor/Joe Morris DUO
FV – voice
Joe Morris – guitar
$15 Suggested donation
http://www.barbesbrooklyn.com/calendar.html

Taking over one Saturday of cellist Marika Hughes’ Barbes Residency. Joe Morris and I performed once as a duo on a curated series of Matana Roberts in 2016 and it was an intense experience. Been looking forward to another opportunity.
6pm

Thursday, November 30, 2017
55 BAR – 7-9PM
Old Songs, New Skin
FV – voice, compositions
Marika Hughes – cello
Darius Jones – alto sax
www.55bar.com

Closing out the month, this time with Marika joining in with myself and Darius Jones on Old Songs, New Skin. Putting a different spin on pre-FVE compositions of Jochem and I. Our more ‘tuneful’ phase if you will

Thanks for reading!

Fay

What’s happening —> October into November 2017

Dear friends,

Much to share with you and still recovering from a broken finger which makes typing troublesome so I’m just going to get right to it the news!

Some of you may know I have been teaching a Creative Improv II course for the last five weeks, we had our final session this past Tuesday (10/17) and this SUNDAY OCTOBER 22nd, we’re having a culminating concert, including all the vocalist participants and Christopher Forbes on piano, Jochem van Dijk on bass guitar and Michael Wimberly on drums/percussion. All of the vocalists will include their original pieces and I’m introducing a piece that I wrote for the group. This should be a fun and exciting show.  I had so much fun running this 12 hour course with a great group of vocalists. Details below…

SOUTH OXFORD SPACE
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Fay Victor presents….
CREATIVE IMPROV II FINAL CONCERT
w
Christopher Forbes on piano
Jochem v Dijk – bass guitar
Michael Wimberly on drums
+ Vocal participants
$10 suggested donations

Then next week THURSDAY OCTOBER 26, I’m back at the 55 BAR with IN PRAISE OF ORNETTE!  As per usual that’s happening from 7 to 9 p.m. and there’s no cover but a two-drink minimum.

The 55BAR
55 Christoper Street
New York, NY 10014
FV – voice, arrangements
Darius Jones – alto saxophone
Kenny Wessel – guitar
Sean Conly – double bass

with bassist/composer  of Glorious Ravage, Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner after rehearsal last week for NYC premiere. #selfie

Looking into November I’m going to be at the New Stone/The New School with Nicole Mitchell’s music on November 4th, from November 8th through the 12th, I’m going to be part of a project with dancer/choreographer Daria Fain’s mayday heyday parfait performing music composed by Darius Jones at BRIC Arts and then on November 16th I’ll be at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola as part of a tribute to to the amazing and wonderful Roswell Rudd, also very near to the release date of Embrace – an album of intimate reading of standards and near-standards with Lafayette Harris (piano) and Ken Filiano (double bass), myself on vocals and Roswell himself on trombone. More to say about this early next month!

Other recorded releasing news I’m happy to report that I’m on a beautiful project entitled Glorious Ravage, a panoramic song cycle from Bay Area composer, double bassist and friend Lisa Mezzacappa, out NOW on New World Records. Released on October 1st 2017, Glorious Ravage is a fantastic project that is much more than just a song cycle, it encompasses original films made to accompany the words and stories of female explorers from the Victorian Era. Going back to the end of September, I had a FUUNN time with the SoundNoise Trio (Sam Newsome – soprano sax, Reggie Nicholson – drums) on September 30th as part of the InGarden series for Arts for Art, Don Mount took some video of the proceedings, in two parts:

with Reggie Nicholson & Sam Newsome – the SoundNoise Trio. Photo by Jochem van Dijk

Finally here is a link to a fun improvisation with the great William Parker over my current (and mending) broken pinky bone.

And we’ve come full circle! Thank you for reading, hope to see you out there and I truly hope you are keeping sane and centered in this very strange time.

Fay

FV’s hand x-ray

Glorious Ravage at Roulette – THURS OCT 12 2017

with bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner after our rehearsal yesterday for today’s show. #selfie

Dear Friends…tonight is the night. So proud of Lisa and all the great work she has done to put on this massive work. We had a great ‘skeletal’ rehearsal and I’m excited to be part of this great configuration later today. I do hope you’ll come by for this ultra-special event which was also a NYT top 10 things to do in NYC NOW!

San Francisco composer + bassist Lisa Mezzacappa presents Glorious Ravage, an immersive evening-length song cycle for a large ensemble of California improvisers with films commissioned from Bay Area experimental filmmakers. Glorious Ravage features original compositions by Mezzacappa, and takes as its inspiration the writings of female adventurers near the turn of the 20th century, who trekked to the wildest parts of the earth to discover, escape, and lose themselves.

www.gloriousravage.com www.lisamezzacappa.com
www.roulette.org

Would be great to see you there!

-fay

September 2017 News!

Dear Friends,

Summer is winding down friends and I hope you’ve had a good one and shoot – maybe still enjoying what’s left of interesting and quirky summer!

Weather wise this summer been mild and seriously wet (I hope no one this list has friends or family that are in jeopardy in Texas or Louisiana because of Hurricane Harvey) and the political air is as toxic as it’s ever been. Still, we the people who see things differently are coming out to battle these ugly forces. Those of us making creative work are doing all we can to at the very least keep positive energy out in the world. We must keep on…

And I’m keeping on with an active Fall that includes album releases and some wonderful concerts. The gig page on the website is up to date so check it out! I’ll be back in more detail about these concerts as the time gets closer. But let me bring you up to speed on what’s coming right up!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 2017
FV with Friends!
FV/Ab Baars DUO + FV/Michael Moore/Ab Baars+ FV/Michael Moore/Wilbert De Joode/Onno Govaert
9PM
Zaal 100
De Wittenstraat 100, 1052 BA
Amsterdam, Netherlands

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 2017
Creative IMPROVISATION COURSE II
(5 weeks + Final Concert)
SOUTH OXFORD SPACE
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238
more info & sign up: lessons@fayvictor.com
Course fee: $250.00

There are still a couple spots left for the CREATIVE IMPROVISATION Course, a 12 hour course that runs for 5 weeks. Participants will learn, discover, explore and leave with tangible tools for improvising inside, outside, and alongside songs. DO get in touch if you’re interested or know someone who may be.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 2017
FV monthly Residency with!
Marty Erhlich – reeds
Marvin Sewell – guitar
Sean Conly – double bass
the 55 BAR
55 Christopher Street
7-9PM
NO Cover, 2 drink minimum

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 2017
Guest with Jeremiah Lockwood & Sway Machinery
Kol Nidre
Roulette
7pm
509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 2017
Arts for Art InGarden Series
SoundNoise Trio!
FV – voice
Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone
Reggie Nicholson – drums
First Street Green
33 E. 1st Street
NY, NY

Thanks for reading…be well, be careful and have a wonderful Fall.  See you out there!

Fay

FV Birthday HANG at the 55BAR!

Hey Friends,  If you’re in NYC on THURSDAY, JULY 27th and you’re free please join me at the 55BAR as I celebrate my birthday (just the day before!) with what has become an annual tradition – to bring together a bunch of great musicians for a series of mini sets and free explorations.  And there will be cake.  These are always a blast and a lot of people come out so if you’re coming, come early and get a seat! Line-up and flier below.  Hope to see some of you there…
Fay

Summer Announcements: MoMA, Creative Improvisation Workshop and more

Dear Friends,

How is your summer going so far? Tremendously fulfilling and gloriously relaxing is my hope for you! I’m just back from Vancouver, BC (Canada) working as the Artist in Residence Workshop facilitator for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Which translated into hosting all the artist led workshops (the festival features 10 such workshops) as well as running one of my own. Incredible to have an opportunity to hear how my fellow peers go about their work and how each artist found ways to connect with the audiences that came out to these well-attended workshops to hear what we all had to say.

I gave my workshop in Vancouver on Creative Improvisation, a subject of vocal technique and development I’m more passionate than ever to teach vocalists and instrumentalists alike. Giving musicians the ability to improvise with their voices and the tangible tools to do so. As a long time improvising vocalist that figured so much of what I do on my own, having the tools to share how to open that door and go down that road feels like a new journey. The workshop in Vancouver at Tom Lee Music was live streamed! Here is it below:

Creative Improvisation


Yes teaching improvisation beyond the jazz realm is a path I’ve been moving toward more as an educator.  Spring 2017 I gave my first Creative Improvisation Course ( a 4 week – 8 hour Course) which sold out and had a great response from the students and musicians that took part. The course and the subsequent feedback was tremendous and I’ve booked a follow-up course that starts this September 19, 2017.  This is an even bigger course – a 12 hour course running for 5 weeks with another concert at the end.  In this course participants will learn, discover, explore and leave with tangible tools for improvising inside, outside, alongside songs and beyond.
12 Hour Course on Improvisation-Full Schedule
Tuesdays, September 19 & 26: 7-9PM
Wednesday October 4: 6:30-9:30PM
Tuesday, October 10: 6:30-9:30PM
Tuesday, October 17: 7-9PM
Final Concert:
SUNDAY, October 22 2017 @ 6PM
Note the flyer at the end of this post and get in touch with any questions at lessons@fayvictor.com.

Testimonials
“Fay Victor is the truth. She is a Teacher, Guide, and Mentor to so many. I took Voice Lessons with Fay for several years and when I saw she was kicking off a Creative Vocal Improvisation Workshop, I was thrilled. This was my chance to get past this fear & anxiety I have battled with for a decade or more. I also knew that Fay would provide me with the guidance and a safe space to work through those issues, while also challenging me to maximize the potential of my instrument. As I guessed, Fay took the Vocalists on a beautiful journey. One, with no rules, with the exception of one, and that was to listen. Listen to your yourself, your fellow Vocalists, and the band. Be mindful of where the music is going and where you can go along with it. My view of the possibilities of vocal expression are forever changed. I see shapes, colors, and the ability to interpret even a painting into sound on my own terms! I owe this all to Fay and recommend this Workshop, Private Lessons, and any chance to afford yourself the opportunity to work with her.” – TM

“The Creative Improvisation Workshop allowed me to step out of my mind and into the depths of  my feelings.  What I’ve learned most from the experience is that being in the moment, both still and actively listening, brought out my true artistic expression.  Fay provided a foundation for us in the form of technique and improvisational language. But, the heavy focus that I normally apply to my singing was lessened because I was trusting in the moment. As a result, the technique and language followed.  I encourage all singers to jump into the experience, step out of their norm and find their whole creative selves.  Sharing this experience with other women also added a spiritual element that is not always present in traditional jazz workshops.  I am looking forward to the next time.”JL

Finally, I mentioned that I was a part of a movie made by an amazing young artist named Martine Syms that has an exhibition at MoMA up till July 16th – which means one more week!! New Yorker Magazine gave her a lot of love this week.  Read the great piece here and go see the show before it closes.http://www.newyorker.com/culture/persons-of-interest/how-to-be-a-successful-black-woman

Thanks for reading and I’ll make a post shortly about the 55BAR Birthday Hang coming up!

Fay

New Album OUT! ReDDeer: New York-St. Johann on Evil Rabbit Records

New York – St. Johann out NOW on Evil Rabbit Records

Friends!  A new release of original improvised music over 2 concerts is OUT with my ReDDeer Trio made of pianist Elisabeth Harnik from Austria and Dominic Lash from the UK.  We all met at the MusicOMI artist residency back in 2010 and have kept the trio going, performing when we can since then. With the release of New York-St. Johann , we’re working on more performances in the future.

Check it out and pick up a copy!
http://www.evilrabbitrecords.eu
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/reddeer

June 2017 is Busting OUT

Greetings!

I hope this message meets your eyes in good spirits despite the turn the world seems to have taken. I believe that love does indeed still conquer all.
“Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.” – Buddha

Personally, all well in this neck of the woods, not too long back from the London UK and finished up May playing with the great downtown quartet Sexmob for the first time, playing in a new trio with Satoshi Takeishi’s compositions on Japanese death poems (haikus) at The Stone then my monthly happening at the 55BAR with Marvin Sewell + Sean Conly this time around.  June is tightly packed with happenings – starting with the phenomenal Vision Festival –  and I wanted to share what’s going on.

I’m even in a movie friends…  🙂  Please read on…
Vision Festival 22
www.artsforart.org/VF22

**FRIDAY, JUNE 2 2017
Vision After Dark
FV with
Joe Morris (guitar)
Reggie Nicholson (drums)
Midnight
NUBLU
62 Avenue C @ 5th St.

**SATURDAY, JUNE 3 2017
Vision Festival 22
3PM
The TalkRACE Forum @ Vision
w FV & Cisco Bradley facilitating a talk on Race

**SATURDAY, JUNE 3 2017
Vision Festival 22
Songs for a Free World
10:30PM
Vision Festival Finale
Conducted by William Parker and Oliver Lake
See VF program for full line-up here: www.artsforart.org/VF22

SUNDAY, JUNE 4 2017
New York Jazz Workshop Presentation
Advanced Vocal Class
Sylvana

MONDAY, JUNE 5 2017
Project 106: Martine Syms
Gallery Sessions – Fay Victor
11:30AM
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
moderated by Thomas J. Lax
more about project 106: https://www.e-flux.com/announcements/130923/projects-106-martine-syms/

Project 106 is a 6 weeks exhibition of the incredible Visual and Video Artist Martine Syms, and the focal point of this exhibition is her first feature film, Incense Sweaters & Ice with three performers/actors.  I’m fortunate to be one of the three performers in this amazing piece.  The Gallery Sessions will focus on the work Martine and I did together as well as my own output as an artist.

TUESDAY, JUNE 6 2017
NYJW Vocal Showcase @ Club Bonafide
SERIES LAUNCH!
7PM
$15 Cover
Sets by Jacquii Leveine & FV
with John Austria (piano)
Andrew Schiller (double bass)
Bruce Cox (drums)

Friday, JUNE 23 2017
Herbie Nichols SUNG Quintet
FV with
Michael Attias – reeds
Anthony Coleman – piano
Ratzo Harris – double bass
drums – tba
the Greenwich House
Benefit Concert Series

SATURDAY JUNE 24th – JULY 3 2017
International Vancouver Jazz Fest
Workshop Facilitator in Residence
Creative Improvisation Workshop – JUNE 27 2017

Thank you all for reading.

Fay

**Please note I will NOT be at the 55bar in June but back on July 27 for my annual birthday hang.