“If you have never seen her perform live, she is joy incarnate. She scats, she wails, coos, squalls, caresses, plays with words as if writing a play on stage, and does so with a twinkle in her eye. One can hear influences ranging from Nina Simone to Frank Zappa to Bill Dixon to Jimi Hendrix in her music.”
– Richard Kamins, Step Tempest
Riveting. Authentic. Powerful. Innovative.
Vocalist/composer Fay Victor, called “artistically complete” by the New York Times, consistently hones a unique vision of the vocalist’s role in jazz and improvised music. Victor’s snake-like ability to fuse her prodigious vocal talents in myriad musical arenas whether it’s a song cycle written expressly for Victor, original compositions, opera, Berio, jazz standards or the blues – all while maintaining her singular sound and a multi-genre approach called “Freesong”. Victor’s eight critically acclaimed recordings as a leader has seen praise in venerable media outlets such as Downbeat, JazzTimes, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, The Wire, Signal to Noise, The San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out Chicago, The Chicago Reader, The New York City Jazz Record and JazzWise (UK). Her sideman credits include projects with Anthony Braxton, Roswell Rudd, Wadada Leo Smith and Ab Baars. With an established international reputation, Victor performs and teaches around the world, performing with a veritable who’s-who of musicians such as Wadada Leo Smith, William Parker, Roswell Rudd, Andrew Cyrille, Henry Threadgill, John Medeski, Nicole Mitchell, Marvin Sewell, Han Bennink, Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Darius Jones and Tyshawn Sorey to name a few.
Victor continues to perform extensively around New York City and internationally appearing at venues/ festivals such as BAMCafe Live, Harlem Stage, The Stone, Firehouse 12, The Bimhuis (The Netherlands), De Singer (Belgium), Nardis (Turkey), Roulette, The Apollo Theater, Barbes, The BopShop, Cornelia Street Cafe, The 55 Bar (monthly gig since 2012), The Vision Festival XV,XVI and XVIIII (NY, NY) New Frequencies Festival (SF, CA), The ArtActs Festival (St. Johann, Austria) The Very Very Threadgill Festival (NY, NY) Victor’s 1st commission, Neighborhood Dynamics premiered on the Presenting Series of the Anthony Braxton Festival in 2014. There are plans to follow -up that commision in the near future with Neighborhood Dynamics II.
“Post Captain Beefheart Jazz” – Kevin Whitehead
Victor is at the vanguard of jazz singers…”
-Robert Iannapollo, Signal to Noise
“Fay Victor is a powerhouse with a clear, precise and cutting voice, and the dynamic and textural range of any master instrumentalist.” -Roger Kim
“Accomplished vocal modernist Fay Victor manages to deconstruct the tradition of jazz song without pretension or tedium” -Time Out New York
–Ben Ratliff, The New York Times