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.

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
Marika & Darius

*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