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.
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.
Cheers to you!
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.
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 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…
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,
*ALL photos taken by FV unless otherwise noted*
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.
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.
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.
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!
Many thanks to the great journalist Kevin Whitehead for taking time to talk and learn all there is to know about FV! HA. I revealed a lot and you can read all about here on Wondering Sound. Enjoy.
A month of transitions…
April 2014 has got to be one of the most tumultuous months in my life. This isn’t hyperbole – just the truth. I always look forward to April. Spring is normally in full bloom. My husband’s birthday is right at the beginning of the month so we celebrate that and peoples faces begin to lighten since everyone knows that Winter is gone for sure.
This year’s difficult winter felt like it wouldn’t quit but even worse, just a few days into April we lost our beloved dog Martin on the 4th in a horrible car accident. This happened just a week before Jochem and I were presenting our first commissioned piece for the Fay Victor Ensemble with special guests as part of the TriCentric Music Festival put on by the TriCentric Foundation with generous support from the Puffin Foundation. Happily and despite it all - the piece came off very well. The incredible Ensemble which consisted of Vincent Chancey (french horn), Nicole Mitchell (flute), Anders Nilsson (guitar) and Ken Filiano (double bass) presented Neighborhood Dynamics with aplomb, receiving wonderful feedback on the music and how we communicated our idea of gentrification, the subject the piece is based on. An absolutely incredible experience working, writing, rehearsing and developing this piece. A huge step up for Jochem and myself as composers and the band dived into the music, giving it their all. It was a blessing and a gift to have this opportunity and I’m happy to say we did our damnedest to rise to the occasion. Most touching of all was how the great Anthony Braxton took the time and space to listen to Neighborhood Dynamics and told me after that he was “simply blown away”. A few days after the premiere, Jochem and I headed to Grenada to celebrate my uncles’ 89th birthday. Having no idea that Martin would be gone from our lives, the ability to get away was more of a godsend then ever. A rejuvenating and transitional trip for many reasons, mainly for finding and connecting with family and learning so much more about myself in the process. Truly a month of the loss and found.
I finished out the month of April gigging with the FVE at the 55BAR, now back to the book after working so much on the premiered piece for the Tricentric Festival. We also had cause for celebration – NINE years of being together as a group! Its the longest I’ve kept a group together and so grateful to have the best musicians and cohorts to work with. Guitarist Anders Nilsson and bassist Ken Filiano are the absolute best. What an honor. We’re gearing up to play later this month (SUNDAY, MAY 25 2014) in Greenfield, MA as part of the Pioneer Jazz Shares Series and then the FVE will play at the Jazz Gallery on THURSDAY, JUNE 5 2014 in New York City! Our debut at this venerable NYC jazz institution and we’re thrilled. So please save the date NYC!
Before all that I’m SUPER excited to present Herbie Nichols SUNG as part of the part of the Sound it OUT Series move to Brooklyn on THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014 with Anthony Coleman (piano), Michael Attias (alto and baritone saxophone), Ratzo Harris – double bass and Michael Sarin – drums at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, my first time performing there as well. Pretty cool since I started running the Jazz Vocal Workshop at the Brooklyn Conservatory this past February, long after the date was booked. The last show we had in December 2013 that closed out the Sound it Out Series at the Greenwich House was one of my musical highlights ever. We fired on all cylinders and the audiences responded with a rousing standing ovation! Its been magical delving into Herbie Nichols glorious compositions. Head on over to my soundcloud pages to hears some clips here: https://soundcloud.com/greeneavemusic
Closing out the month back to at the 55BAR on May 29th at the 55BAR pianist sensation Aruan Ortiz and bassist Sean Conly for the Early Set and as always get all the deets on the GIG Section of the site and please sign up to receive my monthly newsletter if you haven’t already.
Thank you for reading. I’m looking forward to Spring and music!
Super excited to be part of the Tricentric Music Festival starting April 10th through April 19th 2014 at Roulette. Click the link here to all the events…this will be a special musical happening!http://roulette.org/events/the-tri-centric-presenting-series-anthony-braxtons-falling-river-music-nonet-plus-the-fay-victor-ensemble/