FAY VICTOR’S CURRENT WORKING PROJECTS
>>The SoundNoise Trio/SoundNoiseFUNK
SoundNoise began as a trio that vocalist Fay Victor put together with drummer Reggie Nicholson and soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome. Victor bought the group together for an outing on the annual Arts for Art InGarden Series on the LES in NYC in 2015. Victor looking to develop a free improvisational unit where each member are composers in their own right with a deep knowledge and feel for form. SoundNoise explores this and more sonic terrain within sound worlds created in realtime.
SoundNoise has performed on the Vision 21 in 2016 making it a quartet with the addition of Melvin Gibbs on bass guitar and a number of other performances around the city. This past August 2017 , SoundNoise Trio ventured into the studio along with guitarist Joe Morris, to record a project for ESP – Disk called Wet Robots. Calling this incarnation of the SoundNoise vibration, SoundNoiseFUNK. Look out for that release in 2018.
PHOTO The SoundNoise Trio with: Reggie Nicholson (drums), FV (vocals), Sam Newsome (soprano saxophone)
>>Herbie Nichols SUNG
New York City
Michael Attias-alto & baritone sax
Ratzo Harris – bass
Rudy Royston – drums
Achim Kaufmann – piano
Tobias Delius – tenor saxophone and clarinet
Fay Victor’s roots are firmly from the the jazz tradition and for the past 15 years Victor has spent an extensive amount of time learning, developing and writing lyrics for the compositions of Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols. Victor discovered Herbie Nichols while living in the Netherlands and has discussed, analyzed and performed his music with major proponents of his music such as pianist Misha Mengelberg and of course the great recently depart trombonist, Roswell Rudd. After many years of working out the music and approach (also through working with German pianist Achim Kaufmann) Victor combined Herbie Nichols’ compositions and her lyrics with a new free spinning form for his music which spurned the project Herbie Nichols SUNG. This group performs regularly around New York. Victor is the only New York based musician consistently playing the compositions of Herbie Nichols with established group of musicians. In February 2016, Victor recorded the Herbie Nichols project LIVE in Amsterdam (The Bimhuis) and Koln (the Loft) with pianist Achim Kaufmann and reedist Tobias Delius working on getting a record deal for Herbie Nichols SUNG.(Check the SoundCloud Page for clips of Herbie Nichols SUNG)
>>Roswell Rudd’s EMBRACE
In 2008, Fay Victor met the great avant-garde and ‘world’ music trombonist Roswell Rudd, first meeting through their connection and love for Herbie Nichols. The got them playing together for sessions, getting together just voice and trombone working through Nichols’ and Monk compositions. These sessions led to a feature on a recording of Rudd’s called Trombone for Lovers in 2013 – a large project where Rudd featured many guests including Bob Dorough, Steven Bernstein and Gary Lucas. Victor performed “Trouble in Mind” that made it to on of the most requested songs on NPR in that year. The sessions deepened and flourished, now the repertoire was open and pianist Lafayette Harris and double bassist Ken Filiano joined these sessions and over a period of a few years there was this body of music the all tapped into leading to Embrace, released in November 2017. EMBRACE is an album of standards done out of the box and without fanfare. Music organically grown developed by the gentle hand of a master that has now transitioned. EMBRACE has already received incredible reviews – the New York Times Playlist, NPR Fresh Air Review by Kevin Whitehead, Popmatters.com (8 stars), 4.5 stars in Downbeat and Victor’s performance tied with Dee Dee Bridgewater for 5th place in the Best Jazz Vocal category EMBRACE on NPR’s 2017 Critics poll.
>>In Praise of Ornette
In Praise of Ornette is a project devoted to the music of Ornette Coleman the Victor started in 2015 with the long term goal of developing her 2nd jazz repertory project unorthadox for a vocalist after Herbie Nichols. The group has performed around New York City on the Sound it Out Series, Evolving Festival, the 55 BAR, Barbes and Craig Harris’ The Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series that was also place the group performed for the first time.
Victor’s strong arranging skill feature a drumless transparent take on Ornette Coleman infectious and incedible compositions featuring Kenny Wessel – guitar, Sean Conly – double bass and Darius Jones – alto saxophone
>>The ExPosed Blues Duo
The Exposed Blues Duo is collaboration between guitarist Anders Nilsson and Fay Victor that has become an improvising blues duo using true blues, blues based material and all the wails and flails they can muster. The Exposed Blues Duo sole recording BARE was released in August 2010, receiving rave reviews in the New York Times, Time Out New York and more.
>>The 55 BAR Monthly Residency
Since 2012, Fay Victor has a monthly performance at the famed 55BAR in New York City, home to incredible musicians such as Mike and Leni Stern, Wayne Krantz, Steve Bernstein and was a favorite haunt of avant garde piano genius Cecil Taylor. Victor’s been associated with the club since 2005 when former owner Queva Lutz was generous to give Victor gigs in the venue while Victor developed the music for the Fay Victor Ensemble, the ExPosed Blues DUO and the Jazz Vault which turned into Herbie Nichols SUNG. After a long and regular association with the club, on her birthday in 2012, Victor started a monthly residency on the last Thursday of every month. Victor has mixed it up, featuring a wide range of musicians including her working groups plus special ad hoc groupings that turn into amazing musical happenings. Check the performance page often for what coming up next at the 55BAR.
Featured musicians at the 55BAR with FV have included Tyshawn Sorey, Cooper Moore, William Parker, Roy Nathanson, Marty Erhlich, Aruan Ortiz, Anthony Coleman, Jose Davila, Ratzo Harris, Ken Filiano, Anders Nilsson, Sam Newsome, Reggie Nicholson, Daniel Carter, Will Connell, Roy Campbell and more.
Check out the Jazz Right NOW Blog post on the FV Birthday Hang from 2016: