August 25, 2009 – Roswell Rudd/Tyshawn Sorey/Fay Victor – SAVE THE DATE

Upcoming performances……

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 2009

Roswell Rudd/Tyshawn Sorey/Fay Victor

Crash, Braaaww, Thud, Aaaaah

FV-voice
Roswell Rudd-trombone
Tyshawn Sorey-drums, piano

The Stone

8PM Set
One Set Only

$20

Corner of Second Street and Avenue C
F, V Train to 2nd Avenue
www.thestonenyc.com

This is a once-in-a-lifetime trio with trombonist extraordinaire Roswell Rudd and the astonishing Tyshawn Sorey.  We’ll go  places keeping jazz as the starting point for many explorations. You can’t miss this.

The ExPosed Blues Duo meets Tomas Ulrich – Wednesday, August 12, 2009

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 2009

The ExPosed Blues Duo meets Tomas Ulrich

FV-voice
Anders Nilsson-guitar
Tomas Ulrich-cello

The Exposed Blues Duo adds cello and fire to an already simmering cauldron.
10PM Set
$10 Cover
All happening @ THE STONE
Corner of Second Street and Avenue C
F, V Train to 2nd Avenue
www.thestonenyc.com

Hear some ExPosed Blues Duo Sounds:
www.myspace.com/exposedbluesproject

Slow Singing – Part One

I sing slow.  I really do.  No matter what the tempo or so…my aim is to make it sound even slower. In early July,  I had a duo gig with Dom Minasi at Le Grand Dakar in Brooklyn.  Dom is a great player with a penchant for fast runs and forward propulsive rhythm.  The opposite of my way of dealing with rhythmic phrasing when I sing.  I look for weird holes to accent in the music and it’s waaaaay behind the beat usually.  It does depend on what’s happening musically as well but.  generally I would say it’s the way I do things. ..and it’s funny that it developed this way.

When I started out I was part of a weekly vocal workshop at the Williamsburg Music Center  (Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY) run by bassist/guitarist Gerry Eastman.  After hanging out there for a couple of years religiously I managed to get a bit better so Gerry would have me sing a few tunes on some of his gigs.  He always complained about us vocalists and these ballads we loved to sing.  Some days the vocal workshop would sound like a long sad tale of unrequited love, repeated over and over again.

One night on one of these gigs, I decided I knew best and went and opened the set with a ballad. The audience was so kind and responded warmly.  They listened and when I was done, they applauded enthusiastically.  Gerry smiled the smile of a happy teacher and said “what’s the next tune you’d like to do?”

I said “My One and Only Love.”

He gave me a stern look “But you just did a ballad…didn’t you”

“yeah…but people dug it.  I think it it will work” I said

Chuckling, he said “Alright…My One and Only Love it is.”

I had the audience and the moment the intro was played, I saw their eyes glaze over  but I was adamant and sang  my little heart out. After the set ended  Gerry asked me if I noticed how everyone was eating, chewing and talking all over my shit and how the moment I did something more uptempo, the audience came back.  I noticed how they turned away.  I heard the clamor of silverware and loud conversation all over my shit as he said.  He went on to say that if you’re going to sing anything  slow tune…it has to say something. It can’t just be pretty or about just hitting the notes.  What are you saying

That day and that discussion had me busy for quite a while. I also had trouble  singing uptempo tunes like “Cherokee” because I never could phrase things without sounding rushed.  It was an issue I battled with for a long time.  How to phrase lyrics so that they’re clearly understood while swinging at a uber-fast tempo.

My solution…pick the right tempo for what I want to say with the song. How to do that?  How do you know what is right.  How can you sing slow and hold an audiences attention.  What is so wonderful about singing slowere tempos in the first place.  What are some cool ways to figure out the tempo

August is BUSTING out all over: Upcoming Performances

Dear Friends,

With another birthday just behind me, I’m feeling good about the future and starting my new year strong. I have two amazing concerts this month and I”ll begin curating a Vocal Series in the city for the first time.

First up…about the gigs!  The inspiring and amazing Tyshawn Sorey is curating the Stone in August and I feel fortunate to perform there as part of his month long residency. Tyshawn has programmed a great month of music with folks like Matana Roberts, Vijay Iyer, Okkyung Lee, Craig Taborn and groups such as Fieldwork, BassDrumBone + Tyshawn himself in all sorts of creative configurations.  I’ll be hovering around the place myself this month with the fantastic line-up he’s put together.  Get all those details here www.thestonenyc.com

On Wednesday, August 12, I’m at the Stone with the Exposed Blues Duo/Tomas Ulrich Meeting of blues and the abstract strings for the 10PM set…then on Tuesday, August 25, a very special concert indeed with Tyshawn Sorey himself and legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd for the 8PM Set! Please come out for these very special performances.

On top of all that, August also kicks off a new vocal series I’ll co-curate (alongside Patricia Nicholson Parker) at the Local 269 called the Evolving Voice Vocal Series.  The series, presented by Arts for Arts & RUCMA, will run onTuesdays starting tomorrow August 4, 2009 with spoken word artist Juju Seahorse and KJ Denhert!   Look for performances by stupendous vocalists such as Ellen Christie, Jen Shyu, Gina Leishman, Dean Bowman, Leena Conquest, Kyoko Kitamura and more in September and beyond.

How is life and the summer treating you?

Fay

www.fayvictor.com
www.myspace.com/exposedbluesproject

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 2009

The ExPosed Blues Duo meets Tomas Ulrich

FV-voice
Anders Nilsson-guitar
Tomas Ulrich-cello

The Exposed Blues Duo adds cello and fire to an already simmering cauldron.

10PM Set
$10 Cover

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 2009

Crash, Braaaww, Thud, Aaaaah

FV-voice
Roswell Rudd-trombone
Tyshawn Sorey-drums, piano

8PM Set
$20 Cover

Join us for the world-premiere of this special trio!

All happening @ THE STONE
Corner of Second Street and Avenue C

F, V Train to 2nd Avenue
www.thestonenyc.com

STARTING AUGUST 4, 2009

**The Evolving Voice Vocal Series **
Presented by: Arts for Arts and RUCMA

6:30 – 9:00PM EVERY TUESDAY
$10 Cover per Set

THE LOCAL 269

269 E. Houston Street (corner of Suffolk Street)
Fun and funky bar atmosphere with great drinks and a hip vibe.
F, V to 2nd Avenue

http://rucma.org
http://myspace.com/rucmanyc

Evolving Voice Vocal Series @ the Local 269

Dear Friends and Music lovers,

I am happy to announce the start of a vocal series at the Local 269 in the Lower East Side.  Starting this coming Tuesday, August 4th 2009 this weekly series will casts a spotlight on vocalists with idiosyncratic styles and on the more experimental side of the music called the Evolving Voice Vocal Series.  Patricia Nicholson Parker and I will be curating the series and we’re both excited to be involved in highlighting what we both consider to be an under-served side of the scene.

There are many vocalists intent on developing their voices and conceptual approach to their own music.  I hope to have many of them on this series and we’re not off to a bad start.  The series opens with poet and spoken word artist Juju Harding and vocalist/individualist/extraordinaire KJ Denhert on August 4th.  Keep in touch with the series schedule here.  Coming up in the series are vocalists such as Lisa Sokolov, Ellen Christie, Dean Bowman, Kyoko Kitamura, Leena Conquest and much more. Come out and support the series and these great vocalists.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

**Evolving Voice Vocal Series **
6:30 – 9:00PM EVERY TUESDAY

$10 Cover Per Set

THE LOCAL 269 – 269 E. Houston Street Corner of Suffolk Street

Fun and funky bar atmosphere with great drinks and a hip vibe.
Subway: F/V to 2nd Avenue

TUESDAY, August 4th, 2009

6:30 PM
Paul Harding-voice, words
Juju Seahorse
Hill Greene- bass
Joe Ford- saxophones
Trevor Holder- drums
Andre LaSalle- guitar

8:00PM
KJ Denhert Group
KJ Denhert is a unique artist, singer, guitarist and songwriter who calls her music Urban Folk and Jazz. Her voice is powerful; her lyrics full of intelligence and insight; and her musicianship is impeccable. Her eclectic yet unified performances reach many different audience types without compromising her music or her beliefs. She is heard at her best on her most recent recording, Dal Vivo a Umbrai Jazz and is known to be especially good live. She is both highly individual and quite accessible.

Upcoming @ Evolving Voice
TUESDAY, August 11th, 2009

8:00PM
Steve Dalachinsky – words
with:
Albey Balgochian’s Bassentric:
Lisle Ellis…bass
Mike Bisio…bass
Albey Balgochian…bass


TUESDAY, August 25th, 2009

6:30PM
Andrea Wolper-vocals
Adam Caine – Electric guitar
Fung Chern Hwei – Violin
Ken Yamazaki – Percussion
“This somewhat unusual combination of voices creates textures and rhythms as foundations for solo flights and text”
www.andreawolper.com

8:00
PM
Lola Danza-Voice
Daniel Carter – Reeds
John Lockwood- Bass
Tony Falco- Drums
www.loladanza.com

Thank you.
www.rucma.org
www.myspace.com/rucma

The Fay Victor Ensemble @ The Stone July 15, 2009

Next Wednesday The Fay Victor Ensemble will have our debut performance at John Zorn’s space the Stone!  The monthly revolving curatorial system keeps the venue and the programming fresh and guitarist Brandon Ross is curating this month and invited the FVE to take part. We’re thrilled and I hope you will join us.

We’ll perform music from our upcoming  release,  The FreeSong Suite and unleash our wacky, witty strange show with lots for you to enjoy.  The details are below.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 2009

The Fay Victor Ensemble

FV-voice
Anders Nilsson-guitar
Ken Filiano-bass
Michael TA Thompson-drums

The Stone
10PM Set
One Set Only

$10 Cover

Corner of Second Street and Avenue C
F,V Train to 2nd Avenue
www.thestonenyc.com

This is an amazing month of music too!  Check out the calendar to see when folks like Meshell Ndegocello, Lizz Wright, Vijay Iyer, Myra Melford, Mark Taylor and Duck Baker just for starters…


Like Water for Chocolate

I had the quietest 4th of July holiday in recent memory.  Life has been so hectic and chaotic of late that having a couple days to do nothing was perfect.  The idea of heading to someones BBQ, the least appealing in recent memory.  The only problem is my husband and I  are a restless pair, not too content to stay motionless for long.  I try, he tries..I manage when I meditate and that took years to get to.

So we ended up doing a couple things anyway.  One of those was to head out to Coney Island yesterday morning to hear the water.  Jochem had never been there before and I had been talking about this pier that I love.

There is a pier for fishing that juts way out into New York Bay.  Only fisherman hang there non-stop.  It’s boring and quiet and since you’re in the middle of the bay the water’s ebb and flow is tranquil as well before they push forth to become soft waves later at the shore.

I stood there for a long time, eyes closed listening to the water and knew I have to  live closer to water somehow or come here more often to listen to the Bay sway back and forth.  Coming up with melodies as natural as the light dancing off the water and re-affirming the importance of listening again.  Listening intently to what is around.  To  slow down. It didn’t take long to feel that way.

Infrequent Seams w/Dom Minasi – July 2, 2009

Dear Friends,

Tonight, guitar great Dom Minasi and myself will perform together for the first time as part of James Ilgenfritz’ Infrequent Seams Series! Come down to Brooklyn and have some happening Senegelese food and enjoy the music with us at Le Grand Dakar. Music starts @8PM.

The Infrequent Seams Series @ Le Grand Dakar
THURSDAY, July 2 2009

FV – voice
Dom Minasi – guitar

Exploring voice, guitar and standards

Le Grand Dakar
285 Grand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
http://www.granddakar.com

http://myspace.com/infrequentseams
G Train to Classon Avenue

Upcoming:

The Fay Victor Ensemble
WEDNESDAY July 15, 2009

FV-voice
Anders Nilsson-guitar
Ken Filiano-bass
Michael TA Thompson-drums

@ The Stone
www.thestonenyc.com

10PM Set
One Set Only

Upcoming Performance June 30th @ the 55Bar!

Dear Friends,

Many fine greetings on this pleasant Sunday evening.  Please join Anders Nilsson (guitar) any myself for an early evening set of spine-tingling, twisted dark blues.  It’s happening this Tuesday, June 30th at the 55 Bar when Anders and I do our ExPosed Blues Duo thing.  I think you might like it!

Details:

The ExPosed Blues Duo
FV-voice
Anders Nilsson-guitar

55 Bar
TUESDAY, JUNE 30  2009
Early set
7:00PM – 9:00PM

55 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
www.55bar.com

F,V,A,C,E.B,D to West 4th Street
1 to Christopher Street/Sheridan Square

Hear a sample of our stuff here.
And we hope to see you there…

courtesy of Philippe Dollo
courtesy of Philippe Dollo

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

Dear Friends,

With  strange sadness and a weird chill going through my body – I am processing the loss of Michael Jackson. All over the world he is mourned today by an astounding number of fans that give testament to how powerful and all-encompassing a figure he was.  Even to me.

Yes, even to me. You see I was never a Michael Jackson fan really.  I have my favorite Michael Jackson record – Off the Wall – but I never owned it.  I had a few friends that were so obsessed with Michael Jackson that they actually scared me and showed me how creepy adulation for a celebrity can be.  I didn’t want any part of that.  But I  now see that he just did that to people – and I never truly understood why until today.

I have to admit that my life wouldn’t have been the same if he didn’t exist and how incredibly gifted he was to put across HIGHLY innovative music as a pop commercial success and that Michael Jackson’s music sounded like no other and everybody wanted it anyway.

I now see and hear so clearly that the The Jackson Five and Michael Jackson as a solo act were a constant soundtrack to my life and so many others.  I remember as a child hearing the J5’s music at parties and pumping through car speakers when I lived in Brooklyn.  I remember their music coming out of my tiny transistor radio that I took with me to Trinidad.  I remember coming back to school and all the kids singing J5 tunes and I remember the cartoon. My senior year of high school and first few years college was MJ-time for sure with ‘Thriller’ dominating the airways with my then boyfriend  keeping the ‘Thriller’ cassette in his Walkman, on play,  at all times – even when we were together.  All these years with all these guideposts through Michael Jackson’s life as a pop star and his subsequent fall from grace, raced by me, alongside me just living my own life and stopping now and again to take in his story through song, dance or a disgraceful interview, simply not realizing just how important he was for all this time.

We all have our tastes.  I make no excuse for not being as attracted to his music as others.  It just was the way it was but in the end, my sadness today shows me  how much bigger than ALL of us he was.  His death caused my life to flash before my eyes and I’ve never experienced THIS feeling before.

Last night I walked to the supermarket with my dog and in the eerie quiet of my Brooklyn neighborhood, the only sounds in the air were Michael Jackson tunes through car radios.  I heard songs from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s all in the space of 15 minutes.  What amazed me was that I KNEW all the songs, all the lyrics and I couldn’t help but sing along as the snippets drove past.  Other folks were singing too and shaking their heads to the music and in disbelief. We couldn’t stop.

He may be gone but we can continue to enjoy and sing all that he left behind and perhaps, just perhaps…he is happier now than ever…and life, once again has taught me a valuable lesson.  You don’t know what you got till it’s gone.

Michael Jackson – Don\’t Stop till you get enough