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:
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
SUNDAY, October 22 2017 @ 6PM
Note the flyer at the end of this post and get in touch with any questions at email@example.com.
“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!