FEBRUARY 2015 Happenings

Fire and Light!
Fire and Light!

Dear Friends,

Yep…winter is rolling right along here in the Northeast.  Where I am the cold, especially how erratic the temperatures rise and fall, have me loooonging for softer climes.  It’s an endurance test for me.  How long can I take this perceived injustice.  It’s a luxury problem in my case (I’m warm with shelter and proper clothing) yet still looking at the question – how much can I endure or how much can we – is a good one.

Last month, Patricia Nicholson Parker invited me to put a set together for the BlackLivesMatter Festival Arts for Arts put on in the last week of January.  My set turned out to be the closing set of the 8 day festival so I not only wanted a strong set, I needed to say something too.  I put together a little piece buoyed by words that reflect how I feel about Black lives matter and the question of endurance factors in. Check that out here…

That concert closed out January and before that I had a great time performing Herbie Nichols’ Music at the 55BAR with Ratzo Harris and Anthony Coleman, I played at the beginning of the month with Ratzo and guitarist Kenny Wessel at the North Square Lounge in the West Village, a gig that was fun, fun, fun! Taking part in William Parker’s piece at Roulette in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a major highlight highlight last month. William Parker put together an interesting melange of musicians, actors and dancers which created a colorful tapestry of sound and substance. Finally, it was wonderful once again to be nominated the best Female Vocalist as part of the annual El Intruso annual poll.  Learn more about that poll here…

BlackLivesMatter Festival
BlackLivesMatter Festival
Here’s WHAT’S UP in February 2015

>>>>>THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12th I’m part of Aruan Ortiz’s ensemble presenting a great work-in-progress called Inside a Rhythmic Falls up at Harlem Stage.  We’re on at 7:30PM with a Q+A after the performance.  I’m excited about this music + I’ll get to play with two Cuban percussionists for the first time!  7:30PM. FREE
>>>>>SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14th, The ExPosed Blues DUO, going on 8 years strong presents a set as part of guitarist Anders Nilsson‘s monthlong residency at Barbes.  The avenues we go down in the name of th blues are many some come and see which way we go on that day of love…Valentines Day. 6PM, ONE SET. $10 suggested donation
>>>>>SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21st, I’m appearing for the first time at the hippest. swankiest jazz spot in Brooklyn, Brownstone Jazz.  Nestled in the parlor floor of a Bed-Stuy brownstone this weekly jazz spot is a place to come and sit back in an intimate and soulful atmosphere.  I’ll perform stands and the blues with Lafayette Harris – piano, Eric Lemon-bass and Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax-drums.  This will be a funky good time. 8:00PM Start, 7PM Doors ope.  Entry includes Fish Fry.
>>>>>SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd, Greene Avenue Music Presents Fay Victor -Tyshawn Sorey DUO/ Fay Victor Tyshawn Sorey DUO + special guest Brandon Seabrook. Multi-instrumentalist/composer Tyshawn Sorey and I carry on our DUO explorations and invite Brandon Seabrook into the mix for the 2nd set. IBEAM, Sets 7:00 and 8:30.  $15 Suggested Donation
>>>>>THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26th, The Fay Victor Ensemble Returns! Playing the 55BAR and entering our 10th year as a group.  Come hear our bandlike cohesion mixing old and new.  I love this band.  Some of my favorite music with some of my favorite people. With Anders Nilsson – guitar and Ken Filiano – double bass. Ear;y Set, 7-9PM.  o Cover, 2 drink minimum.

The FVE - Anders Nilsson, FV, Ken Filiano.
The FVE – Anders Nilsson, FV, Ken Filiano.

Thanks so much for reading…hope to see you out at the shows!

Fay

Happy NEW YEAR…2015 BRING IT!

Happy New 2015!!
Happy New 2015!!

Friends!

Sending Love and wishes to you all for a wonderful New Year! Lots of things coming up for FV in 2015 that will unfold as the year…well..unfolds! For now, want to tell you what’s going on in the short term and again I wish you all the best!! Thanks for reading.

Here’s WHAT’S UP in January 2015

>>>>>SUNDAY, JANUARY 4th join me, Ratzo Harris and Kenny Wessel for a sumptuous Jazz Brunch at the North Square Hotel.  This trio played there for the first time last July and it was a blast! Looking forward to swing the afternoon away.  Sets at 12:30 and 2PM, Reservations highly recommended.
>>>>>SATURDAY, JANUARY 17th, I’m part of an ensemble of William Parker’s Tone Motion Theatre piece featuring some heavy hitters such as Cooper Moore, Hamid Drake and Joe McPhee in the mix. At Roulette, 8PM. $25.
>>>>>THURSDAY, JANUARY 29th, I’m back at the 55BAR with Herbie Nichols SUNG featuring Herbie Nichols wonderful compositions stretched wide open alongside Anthony Coleman (piano) and Ratzo Harris (bass). 7-9PM, NO Cover, 2 drink minimum.
>>>>>FRIDAY, JANUARY 30th, Evolving Series Special Event through Arts for Arts for #BlackLivesMatter.  FV Free Improv ensemble featuring Daniel Carter (reeds) and Reggie Nicholson (drums, percussion). Set time, TBA.

May 2015 be the year you’ve been waiting for in your wildest dreams and may all those dreams come true!  Thanks for reading.

Cheers,
Fay

August 2014 Happenings

Summer Greetings…

A selfie I took at the Stone
A selfie I took at the Stone

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!

The gangs all here from the 55BAR FV celebration on July 31, 2014: Will Connell, Daniel Carter, Michael Attias, Anders Nilsson, Jochem van Dijk, Ratzo Harris and Jason Nazary!
The gangs all here from the 55BAR FV celebration on July 31, 2014: Will Connell, Daniel Carter, Michael Attias, Anders Nilsson, Jochem van Dijk, Ratzo Harris and Jason Nazary!

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.

ExPosedBlues_Weintrob
Courtesy of Michael Weintrob

Cheers to you!
Fay

 

TWO Year Residency Celebration at the 55BAR on July 31st!

Rondout Reservoir, The Catskills, NY
Rondout Reservoir, The Catskills, NY

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.

February 2014 – A Different World

Look to the sky...
Look to the sky…

Dear Friends,

So much has happened since my last ‘news’ post that the world even seems to be a different place.  A BIG part of the reason is the sudden loss of trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr and all the pain and beauty that wrought as well as the loss of the eminent poet, scholar, activist and force behind the Black Arts Movement Amiri Baraka.  They both left us on the same day.  At the beginning of this year I posted on FB about the losses that left us reeling at the end of 2013, having no way of knowing what was to come so early in this year. Especially in the case of Roy whom I performed with a number times and knew and whom I actually saw just a few days before his passing, my words feel strangely hollow.  Like someone at distance trying to soothe the affected.  Now I FEEL that pain deeply and saw how these transitions caused an entire community to stop, ball and shake fists at the sky because nobody understands why.

Daniel Carter - saxophone and Hamid Drake - drums play and mourn for Roy Campbell Jr.
Daniel Carter – saxophone and Hamid Drake – drums play and mourn for Roy Campbell Jr.

Through it all there is music, which is an amazing salve and catalyst to feel the pain and let it out.  I got to scream only once publicly in January at the FVE concert at Roulette (THANK you all for coming) and have been letting it out in private, creating new sounds of necessary expression to say the unsayable, the unthinkable. Yet despite the sadness and heavy feelings, I personally am glad that I can feel them and there is music to help commune with others sorrow.  We’re going to feel THIS pain for some time to come…

I’m also writing tons at the moment, especially for the piece the Fay Victor Ensemble is presenting in April 2014 as part of the Tri-centric Foundation Presenting Series.  That helps incredibly to focus and channel difficult feelings.  Isn’t music so wonderful to accommodate all the emotions that come up in our lives?

This month I’m looking forward to letting it out in public more.  Take a look at the PERFORMANCE tab on the website to check all the details for what’s going down around town this month including TWO new venues for me, the Classon Social Club, right near the Brooklyn Museum and the Lexington Hotel where my jazz hat will reign supreme as well as the ExPosed Blues DUO back at the 55BAR and a performance I’m particularly excited about and right on Valentines Day to boot – Aruan Ortiz’s Firm Roots at I-BEAM.

Be well.  Stay warm.  Make as much love and music as you can. Tomorrow may be as hard to grasp as a hummingbird in flight.

FV

What’s Happening in February 2012

Hello Friends,

Unbelievably warm greetings from New York City.

No desire to jinx the rest of the winter but we’ve been dipping in and out of a winter heatwave of sorts. I’m not too mad about it yet I actually start to miss seeing snow and can’t help but think about a warming planet that feels OK for the moment but what does this portend?

I’ll ease off thoughts of doom and gloom for now and move into sending thanks for the friends that came out to the shows last month and that stopped by the APAP/JazzTimes DIY Crash Course in early January held at the Hilton in Midtown Manhattan.  Wonderful to see so many folks in the audience the entire day taking part in the panel discussions, checking out the smaller presentations and asking lots of good questions about how to move forward in this music. Publicist Scott Menhinick of Improvised Communications and of the relatively fresh launch of the online trade journal JazzDIY was on hand as well to talk about the JazzDIY and the DIY aesthetic for the music in general.

Mid month, I had a couple shows in town, one with Other Dimensions in Music  on the Evolving Series (January 16th) and the Jazz Vault Project at the 55BAR (January 25th). I’ve also started teaching a bi-weekly Jazz Vocal workshop for the New York Jazz Workshop! A fantastic group of students to start and we’ve added a new student each new session.  The aim is turn it into a regular weekly workshop through out the Fall and Spring season so get in touch HERE if you’d like to sign up or know anyone that would.  Please reach out to me with any questions as well and while we’re at it, I’m currently taking on new private students too.  Best way to email about these matters is to lessons@fayvictor.com.  Check out the recently updated teaching page for additional information.

Coming this month…I’m playing a very special concert this coming Friday night at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, with composer’s Moon Young Ha’s Mis-en Ensemble performing an incredible beautiful piece composed by Luciano Berio called O King, written in honor of and dedicated to the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This is the first time I’ll be performing contemporary repertoire and I’m nervous and very excited at the same time.  Please check out the link HERE or on Performance section of the FV site for details about the entire program for the evening.  This concert is FREE.  Later this month, I’ll appear with Ras Moshe’s Ensemble on the Evolving Series as well right before heading out to Europe to perform and collaborate with musicians there.

Much more about this in post for March but I can’t wait to share with you all the thrilling news of doing a DUO concert with the European Jazz master Misha Mengelberg at the Bimhuis on March 7th.  Please check out a clip of Misha and myself playing Thelonious Monk’s ‘Ask Me Now’ in 2008 in Amsterdam HERE:

March will keep me busy including an appearance on the ArtActs Festival in St. Johann(Tirol), Austria featuring the collective ReDDeer trio with Austrian pianist Elisabeth Harnik and UK bassist Dominic Lash, sessions with pianist Achim Kaufmann in Berlin, a vocal workshop based in Amsterdam and more.

Finally, I’m honored to once again by chosen as the El Intruso Female Vocalist of the Year and to see so many peers and friends on the list including Anthony Braxton himself as one of the Musicians of the Year and for Mr. Braxton’s opera Trillium E! Check out all the winners HERE and many thanks to all that voted.

Here’s hoping all is well with you and since I’m writing this from not just a warm but a winning NYC,  I’m wishing you read this in winning spirits!

In music,
Fay

 

 

Happy NEW 2012 to YOU!

Happy New Year!

I’m all gangbusters for 2012! 2011 was a good year and I feel 2012 will be an even more exciting and special year.  We’ll see how it goes and as always I’ll post here to keep those of you interested in the loop. My posts will be even more concise unless the month is so special that brevity just isn’t possible (such as the November 2011 post).  So let me get right to what’s happening this month and some info about what’s to come…

On THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012, I’ll be giving a presentation of living the JazzDIY life for the JazzTimes DIY Crash Course held at The Hilton in NYC and part of the annual APAP convention.  I’ll talk about how and why I do the things that I do and I’ll also talk about the online trade journal, JazzDIY!  There’s a day filled with presentations and workshops and its free.  Check out info here  or check out the Performance Section of the FV Site for more info.

On MONDAY, JANUARY 16th, I’ll be on the EVOLVING SERIES with Other Dimensions in Music for the 10PM set and with Patricia Nicholson’s Last Call at 8;45 as part of the monthly segment, Creative Sounds of Dissension, on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25th, I’m back at the 55BAR with the Jazz Vault Project for the Early Set, swinging and opening up pieces of Herbie Nichols, Thelonious Monk and other iconoclastic jazz composers.  Speaking of Other Dimensions in Music, the record I produced and made with them, KAISO STORIES, has made a number of year end lists including being selected as one of the albums of the year by the New York City’s Jazz Gazette, the New York City jazz Record.  Please check out all the lists we made on the Discography section of the FV site.  I’m so thrilled at how KAISO STORIES was received! As I’ve said before, its a project near and dear to my heart and its also the first project I’ve produced entirely in some time.  To have this sort of reaction is just wonderful.  Thank you all for your support!

And looking to the near future – next month I’ll perform a piece by Luciano Berio called ‘O King’ with Korean composer Moon Young Ha’s Mise-en Ensemble.  I’m also going to be part of the soundtrack for a documentary film to be recorded in February(more on that soon) and the biggest news of all is that I will be doing a DUO concert with the great pianist Misha Mengelberg in March at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam as an opening to more dates European dates, Including performing at the ArtActs Festival in Austria.  And so much more…

Looking forward to see you out and about, here or abroad real soon and I’m wishing you all a healthy, happy, hearty, musical, creative, prosperous and fun year!

In music,
Fay

 

Gearing back up, August 2011

Dear Friends,

Many warm summer greetings and warmth is necessary where I am in the world as we’ve had heavy rain and cool temps for the past few days in NYC.  I don’t mind it so much as work mode is gearing back up after a few weeks of taking it slow, punctuated with a couple of gigs that came up at the 55BAR. On FRIDAY JULY 22nd the HOTTEST night of the year (it hit 107 degrees in Central Park that day), Other Dimensions in Music (w/Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, William Parker and Charles Downs) and myself performed the Late Set to a packed house! It was a BLAST, the audience was welcoming and open so the music just flowed.  Less than 10 days later, Anders Nilsson and I played the Early Set as the ExPosed Blues Duo singing/playing the blues. Always a joy to play at the 55BAR…

Next week WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24th I’ll perform my only gig this month at the wonderful 92YTribeca as part of t a triple bill entitled Denbaya feat. Emanuel Gibson, Fay Victor and Makane Kouyate.  An eclectic evening of rock, jazz and world music featuring emerging guitarist and songwriter Emanuel Gibson, myself and headlined by the enchanting world music band Denbaya, with Malian artist Makane Kouyate. I’ll perform standards with a twist, with Andrew Bemkey on piano, Dominic Lash on bass.  We’re on at 9PM but come and hang for the whole eclectic ride, should be a good time. Check info here or on the PERFORMANCE section of the FV site.

In other news, I just finished teaching a wonderfully intense 4-day Jazz Vocal workshop through the New York Jazz Workshop (learn more about them here).  It was energizing, rigorous and fun! Great students who put in the work to realize their goals and they all made progress in the direction they wanted to go in.  I realized after this workshop ended how much I loved teaching them.  Luckily, I get another opportunity on the West Coast through the Jazz School @ Berkeley on September 11, 2011 giving a Masterclass on taking the ‘Creative Option’.  The night before I’ll perform a concert at the JazzSchool with bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner.  I can’t tell you how excited I am to go to San Francisco (it will be my first time out west ever!!) I’m looking forward to meet the Vocal Director of the School, Laurie Antonioli. A wonderful vocalist herself, she is open to allowing the students that attend the JazzSchool to get exposed to myriad approaches and ideas. More info here and tell all your SF/Oakland based friends to come by.

After that the Fall heats up with me hitting the road heading the Germany and Holland, then back to perform in Anthony Braxton’s Opera Trillium J in October 2011.  Towards the end of October, there’s some gigs planned with the amazing pianist Elisabeth Harink. And much more to come and share…but for now going to enjoy the last weeks of summer.

I hope you having a summer to remember as well.

Fay

June 2011 is BUSTING Open and Up

Hey Friends,

It appears that 2011 has reached its halfway mark and I can still remember clearly the beginning of this year!  Time is moving so fast and summer is almost here.  Feels like it is here since temps have hit 90 already and NYC gets ready for its jazz and blues summer with music in bigger and open spaces, where just walking by gets you an earful.  One of the great things of living in this city.  I hope everyone who reads this post and lives here too gets out and takes in as much of it as possible.  I sometimes forget to myself, so busy with work sometimes. But I decided this summer, I’ll try to be out more and enjoy what NYC has to offer. Its a treasure and with funding getting cut more and more, there is no guarantee that all these wonderful cultural events we take for granted will be here in years to come.  Just to name a small sampling, check out Central Park’s Summerstage, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell, the Undead Jazz Festival and of course the Vision Festival, of which I am fortunate to be a part for the second year in a row.  And speaking of that, there’s a lot of musical diversity in my gig list this month, because of this city and the vibrant, diverse scene here.  There’s so much going on that I’m going to get right to it!

Coming up in a few, on FRIDAY, JUNE 3 2011 to be exact the FVE hits the early set at the 55BAR.  We had a thrilling night last month on Frank Oteri’s 21st Century Schizoid Music ar Cornelia Street Cafe where the FVE did a double bill with my Jazz Vault project (where we did a complete set of Herbie Nichols compositions) and the FVE performed the new music we’re working towards recording.  We’re getting the music stronger and tighter and we’ll continue digging in this Friday.  So come on down!

FRIDAY, JUNE 3 2011
The FAY VICTOR ENSEMBLE
The 55BAR

FV-voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson-guitar, effects
Ken Filiano-bass, effects
Michael TA Thompson-drums,percussion
6PM-9PM
NO Cover, 2 drink minimum

Then I’ll be on the Vision Festival as part of Vocal Flight with vocalists Kyoko Kitamura and Jean Carla Rodea and bassist Filiano and drummer Tyshawn Sorey filling out the ensemble.  A combination of composed pieces and free music…dancing on the edge.  We kick off the night and what a night it is.

MONDAY, JUNE 6 2011

VOCAL FLIGHT
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Kyoko Kitamura, Jean Carla Rodea, FV – voice
Ken Filiano-bass
Tyshawn Sorey-drums
Abrons Arts Center Main Stage
466 Grand Street between
Pitt St and Abraham Pl
Door:$30  Event Pass:$140  Students & Seniors:$20
nearest subway East Broadway or Delancey on the F, Essex St on the J,M,Z
complete schedule – www.visionfestival.org

On SUNDAY JUNE 12 2011 join myself and percussionist Satoshi Takeshi for an intimate concert at the loft of the Connie Crothers. We’ll delve into words and textures focusing on sound exploration. I had the amazing honor of performing with the esteemed poet and writer Amiri Baraka last month on a beautiful concert put together by percussionist Reggie Nicholson.  The sound of words and drums alone is truly special and I look forward to continue this exploration with Satoshi. Perhaps we’ll have a special guest as well.

CONCERT IN CONNIE’S LOFT
at the home of pianist extraordinaire Connie Crothers
Presents: DUO-Fay Victor/Satoshi Takeshi
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011

3PM
Contribution $10
475 Kent Avenue (between Division Avenue and South 11th Street),
#410 Brooklyn, NY 11211(get full directions in the performance section)

Then PLEASE Save the Date of SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2011 is the CD-Release for KAISO STORIES!!

The record has gotten some great reviews and we’re thrilled at the reception of the music and of Calypso!  So please join myself and Other Dimensions in Music for this special event…

Some words we’ve gotten on KAISO STORIES:

“While the record is steeped in Victor’s heritage, even the accents and inflections she grew up hearing, it’d be a mistake to call KAISO STORIES a calypso record. It’s free jazz with source material and as such is an unusual and wonderful album.”
-Kurt Gottschalk , The New York City Jazz Record

9/10 – “Conjuring up the spirit of Jeanne Lee, Fay Victor speaks, sings, and wails like a horn through variations of eight Caribbean tunes from the 1930s through early ’70s. A wonderful combination, simultaneously true to its origins and entirely new.”
-Laurence Joseph, Montreal Mirror

***** “Victor’s voice sonically melds with Carter and Campbell, becoming a third horn, adding compelling counterpoint throughout. In a civilized world with a forward thinking music industry and curious listenership, in a culture a where Art was as valued as everyone likes to say it is,KAISO STORIES would be a crossover sensation, charting for months and finding a grateful audience that no Improvised music had found before. Until such time, it is one for the initiated to treasure.”
Stanley Zappa, Free Jazz

Happening at The STONE – SUNDAY, JUNE 19 2011

OTHER DIMENSIONS IN MUSIC w/FAY VICTOR
10PM
FV-voice
Roy Campbell-trumpets and more
Daniel Carter-reeds and more
William Parker-bass and more
Charles Downs-drums

www.thestonenyc.com

The last gig of the month goes somewhere else again.  Doing our semi annual double bill hang, myself and Kyoko Kitamura have a very different meeting from the Vision Festival gig, pairing ourselves off with complementary partners.  Kyoko with dancer Mark Lamb and myself with bassist Ken Filiano. Not sure where we’ll go and that’s definitely part of the fun.

DOUBLE BILL: Kyoko Kitamura/Mark Lamb + FV/Ken Filiano
SATURDAY JUNE 25, 2011
5C CAFE
Avenue C and 5th St.
$10 suggested donation

8PM
Kyoko Kitamura-voice/piano
Mark Lamb-spoken words, movement
9PM
FV-voice
Ken Filiano-bass

Phew! With the exception of a couple things, I’m going to take it a little easy this summer gig-wise, focusing on workshops I’ll be teaching in NYC and California in a few months and on a wonderful project with Dutch composer/musician Ab Baars.  Much more on all of this soon. Thanks so much to reading and I hope to see you in the park listening to music or at one of the shows.

Happy coming summer,
Fay

 

Percussion, Words and Movement for MAY 2011

Dear Friends,

A happy Spring to you! Here in NYC we finally have a Spring I’m delighted to say.  It was tough going for a moment but that seems to be behind us now (if I haven’t jinxed it with this post!) Anyway, I digress.  So much to share so I’ll just get to it…

I mentioned in my last post that I’d perform with The Instant Composer’s Pool Orkest in Philadelphia and that was an amazingly fun night in early April! The music felt great all around, the audience was full and seemed to enjoy it plus the Christ Church in Philadelphia is such a beautiful venue.  Some family and friends came down to take in the concert as well.  Many thanks to the ICP for having me with them during their 3 day stay at the Ars Nova Workshop and to Susanna von Canon for all the arrangements.  About a week later on Monday, APRIL 11 the Evolving Music Series moved from the Local 269 to its new home at the Celemente Soto Velez.  We had an AMAZING grand opening including a duo set with Theo Bleckmann/Jay Clayton, The Charles Gayle Forgiveness Trio and Charles Gayle conducted a large ensemble after that as well to close out the night!  Thanks to bassist Dominic Lash for performing the opening set with me to a packed house.  I closed out April with a fun set at the 55BAR playing with the Jazz Vault Project working out some new vibes for a big gig coming up this month! Getting to that shortly but before I do a BIG thank you to Jason Crane for once again asking me to be on his popular and wonderful podcast, the JazzSession.  The show aired on April 11, 2011 and is still available for download here.

What’s on for May?  Well please everybody SAVE THE DATE of MONDAY, MAY 23 2011.  On this day I am proud to take part in Frank Oteri’s amazing Series 21st Century Schizoid Music at Cornelia Street Cafe. I’ll present two groups this evening, first up will be the Jazz Vault Project and then the Fay Victor Ensemble will perform on the 2nd set.  The Jazz Vault Project will focus on compositions of Herbie Nichols for this special evening and the Fay Victor Ensemble will perform new studio bound music for our third recording. It’s a great opportunity to present two of my groups and a great opportunity for people who haven’t seen me before to get a taste of what what I do.  I do hope you can make it and please spread the word!!
The Jazz Vault Project @ 8:30PM
FV-voice
Oscar Noriega-reeds
Anders Nilsson-acoustic guitar
Jose Davila-tuba

The Fay Victor Ensemble @ 9:30
FV-voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson-electric guitar, effects
Ken Filiano-double bass, effects
Michael TA Thompson-drums, percussion

On SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011, I’ll take part in a special performance as a special guest with Percussionist Reggie Nicholson’s Percoetry project featuring Reggie Nicholson and the esteemed and legendary writer and poet, Amiri Baraka. I’m honored and humbled to share the stage with these two gentlemen. Please join us for a very different take through sounds and words in the afternoon with tea and other refreshments.  This is the LoftArt Series curated by Nioka Workman held at the TheatreLab.  And in just a couple of days – this TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011 – please join me for the premiere of a new trio with reedist Oscar Noriega and precussionist Satoshi Takeshi, we’re calling it the Cauldron Trio, checking out sounds and textures using my words and the words of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Paul Harding, and Edgar Allen Poe with a free-improv flow. We’re on at the University of the Streets featuring a moment with Matt Lavelle on alto clarinet.  We’re on the 8PM set and all performance details are in the performance section of the FV site.

KAISO STORIES(Silkheart Records, 2011), my calyps0-free jazz project with Other Dimensions in Music (who are Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, William Parker and Charles Downs) is getting some wonderful reviews and we’re celebrating the release on SUNDAY, JUNE  19th at The Stone!  More details on that coming up and check the discography page for some fresh quotes and for more insight into the project  – how it came together and more – please check out the Jason Crane’s Jazz Session podcast as mentioned earlier in this post.  You can purchase the record through the JazzLoft, InstantJazz and Silkheart Records.

Many thanks for reading.  Looking forward to sharing music with you soon…