New Album OUT! ReDDeer: New York-St. Johann on Evil Rabbit Records

New York – St. Johann out NOW on Evil Rabbit Records

Friends!  A new release of original improvised music over 2 concerts is OUT with my ReDDeer Trio made of pianist Elisabeth Harnik from Austria and Dominic Lash from the UK.  We all met at the MusicOMI artist residency back in 2010 and have kept the trio going, performing when we can since then. With the release of New York-St. Johann , we’re working on more performances in the future.

Check it out and pick up a copy!
http://www.evilrabbitrecords.eu
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/reddeer

55BAR & Mise-en Festival this SATURDAY, JUNE 21st!

Friends,

This month the 55BAR residency will be on SATURDAY, JUNE 21ST from 6-9PM instead of THURSDAY, JUNE 26 as previously scheduled.  Still with Herbie Nichols SUNG featuring Michael Attias on reeds and Ratzo Harris on double bass.  NO COVER, 2 drink minimum.

Earlier in the day, I’ll run an IMPROVISATION Workshop for the wonderful and new Mise-en Music Festival at the Cell in New York City. Click the link to learn more about this festival and how you can participate.

Herbie Nichols Workshops MISE

June June June June June 2014!

Between Cold Spring and Peekskill, NY
think of all the possibilities…photo taken by FV

What this month this June will be will be will be! A fun and action packed month so let me get right to it.

Starting the month off with performing at private party/fundraiser for ARTOMI featuring former formidable fellows of Music OMI with flautist Jamie Baum, pianist Ursel Schlicht and guitarist Anders Nilsson on WEDNESDAY JUNE 4 then THURSDAY, JUNE 5 the Fay Victor Ensemble (FVE) performs at The Jazz Gallery in New York City for the first time!  I, WE are so excited to play here and introduce our music to the Jazz Gallery audience.  If you’re in town, please join us for a special evening where we’ll venture through the full book nine years running. The FVE just returned from an amazing appearance on the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares Series in Western Massachusetts, playing a 2-hour long set and receiving a standing ovation after! We can’t wait to bring some of that energy this coming Thursday to the esteemed Jazz Gallery stage.

Photo by Richard Koek
The Fay Victor Ensemble. Photo by Richard Koek

A few days later I head to Istanbul, Turkey as part of the New York Jazz Workshop faculty where we’ll head up a week of workshops and masterclasses at Bognazi University in celebration of the institution turning 150 years old. Honored to say the least plus excited to go to this seriously important world city for the first time. Just as I get back, I’ll appear on Vision Festival 19 in duo with multi-instrumentalist/composer Tyshawn Sorey for the 6:00 Set on SUNDAY JUNE 15, Our first two outings as a duo was an transformational experience. I expect nothing less on this occasion.  Vision Festival 19 begins at Roulette, starting on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 specially honoring artist Jeff Schlanger and the great, great Charles Gayle.  Check out full schedule for the Vision Festival here.

On TUESDAY JUNE 17 back at the Lexington Hotel with Anders Nilsson with jazz hats firmly in place. SATURDAY, JUNE 21st happy as pie to run an improvisation workshop on the Mise-en Music Festival (Check festival details and events here…this is a very special festival dedicated to new and contemporary music composers) and WEDNESDAY JUNE 25th I’m at the Austrian Cultural Forum with Reddeer, my collective trio with Austrian pianist Elisabeth Harnik and British bassist Dominic Lash.  THURSDAY JUNE 26th back at the 55BAR with Herbie Nichols SUNG in TRIO – still coming down after a wonderful experience on the Brooklyn launch of the Sound it Out Series at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on May 15th.

Herbie Nichols SUNG on the Sound it Out Series launch in Brooklyn on May 15th. Photo by Jeff Evans
Herbie Nichols SUNG on the Sound it Out Series launch in Brooklyn on May 15th with Michael Attias, FV, Ratzo Harris and Michael Sarin (shown). Photo by Jeff Evans

As the month winds down, I’m playing in a number of configurations on Andrew Drury’s SOUP and SOUND Series including a set with Elisabeth Harnik on SATURDAY JUNE 28th. I’m closing out the month finally back on the Evolving Music Series on MONDAY JUNE 30 with a special group I put together that may never come together again called VoiceBassHorns with the great Will Connell on reeds, Vincent Chancey on french horn, Ken Filiano on bass. Should be a blast and will be the first time I’ll play with Will Connell.

In other news, I’m finishing up my first semester at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music running the Jazz Vocal Workshop and we’ll have our final performance on TUESDAY JUNE 24th on the main stage of the school. A great group of vocalists and I’m excited for them and this performance. Wow. How lucky and blessed I feel to have the opportunity to share so many sides of myself with so many of you. This year has been a wild and crazy ride; the possibilities seem endless.  May all the dreams, visions and opportunities you seek find you and take you where you need to go.  Walk in the dream of your own making.

Can’t wait to see you out there!
Fay

great crowd to great us in Greenfield, MA on May 25th as part of the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares.
great crowd to greet the FVE in Greenfield, MA on May 25th as part of the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares.

March 2012 – Pianists, Pianists, Pianists!

Spring is coming, about to swing the corner…

Greetings from rainy but warm Amsterdam, on this early day in March 2012 to tell you about the March happenings. I’m on the road, not playing in NYC until the end of April with the Fay Victor Ensemble after a sorta lengthy hiatus. I was off playing side woman for most of last year, a new role for me but one that I’ve been cherishing since I’ve learned oodles working with the likes of Anthony Braxton, William Parker and Dutch reedist Ab Baars.

Something special about this month too for, as it turns out, I’ll be collaborating primarily with pianists. All original and incredible musicians, in different configurations. A new development for me because I’ve been more attracted to guitar with so much music I do. For many years, I eschewed pianists, preferring the open-voiced sound of guitar and especially of the guitarists I’m drawn too. Yet, idiosyncratic pianists such as Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols are arguably my favorite jazz musicians.

So starting with Misha Mengelberg, that most economical of pianists, a person on the Monk/Nichols trajectory, it makes perfect sense that I’d be a fan of his. I’m a fan and perennial student and I feel incredibly lucky and blessed to not only play with Misha but that I have even gotten to know him.

I met Misha years ago when I still lived in the Netherlands, after we spoke on the phone when I was busy with looking for Nichol’s Music back in 2000, as I wanted to record “House Party Starting” (which I did with guitar no less…) and it was suggested that I call Misha about it. I was nervous when I phoned, we hadn’t met in person although I’d heard and been floored by the ICP (Instant Composers Pool), that conversation was the entree. I was so ‘professional’ when I called his home, all my questions laid out with the explanations at the ready. He dismantled that idea from the start of the conversation, me realizing that this conversation will go the way Misha wants it to go. So I better stay open and just listen, as hard as that was to do at the time. At the end of the conversation, I asked him if I could send him a copy of the record when it was done and when I did and followed up, Misha’s response to the record was “it reminded me of nothing”, which if you know Misha is about the best compliment you could get. I didn’t know then it was a compliment yet the more I grew to know Misha the more I would see it as such. Since then, we’ve done little projects/performances. I joined him the last night of his opening curation of the Stone in 2005 – where we performed the first time. Later that year, we played at the Bimhuis, him in a quintet I put together. And then for a series of concerts called the FreeSong Suite, in quartet with bassist Ernst Glerum and trombonist Wolter Weirbos, in which we began deconstructing pieces of Nichols, Monk, Ellington and my originals with free improvisation in the mix. These were wonderful, open concerts that lead up to Misha asking me to join his legendary ICP for a small European tour in 2010, I also joined them for an evening on their US tour in 2011, part of a the three day run at Ars Nova Workshop in Philadelphia where I was invited to join them for one night. So now, performing DUO with Misha is for me, a dream come true and we two are not sure where we’ll start or end in the free improv foray but that’s the beauty and the magic… We’ll play on a triple bill on March 7th at the Bimhuis that includes a solo set of Roscoe Mitchell right after ours, closing out the evening with Longrun Development of the Universe with Simon Nabatov.

Then I head to the Austrian Alps to play my first European festival with ReDDeer, a collective free improv trio of Austrian pianist Elizabeth Harnik and UK double bassist, Dominic Lash. We all met as Fellows in 2010 at the OMI International Musicians’ Residency and hit it off! Last October, the trio premiered at Korzo in NYC and many thanks to Elizabeth for her help with getting us on the wonderful festival of improvised music, ArtActs, held high in the Austrian Alps. What a line-up for the festival as well, check out all the serious people on the festival here.

Then I head to Berlin, Germany to develop a project with German pianist Achim Kaufmann of which I’ll say more of after we’ve worked it out. ))) We’ll play a house concert with Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm in Berlin before I head to Muenster to collaborate with drummer Ben Bonniger and Alexander Morsey playing tuba and bass at the Museum for the Lackkunst.

then back to Amsterdam and then home…

Please keep up with all the dates on the FV website and if you’re on FB or twitter, look for me and let’s connect. I love taking and sending pics from the road, and keeping everybody informed, I’d hate to leave you out if you want to know what’s happening.

In other news, I just completed a workshop for Creative Options for jazz inspired vocalists in Amsterdam. The venue I rented double booked us and just when I thought I may have to cancel, one of the participants offered the use of her Mom’s home if it were available and it was! The entire group went there and it was such a special workshop, so spiritual in what we could express with each other. I think the situation at the beginning immediately bonded us and when the course actually started we were already friends. A very special moment.

Makes me warm and fuzzy. Just in time for spring.

Thanks so much for reading…

Fay