What’s happening —> October into November 2017

Dear friends,

Much to share with you and still recovering from a broken finger which makes typing troublesome so I’m just going to get right to it the news!

Some of you may know I have been teaching a Creative Improv II course for the last five weeks, we had our final session this past Tuesday (10/17) and this SUNDAY OCTOBER 22nd, we’re having a culminating concert, including all the vocalist participants and Christopher Forbes on piano, Jochem van Dijk on bass guitar and Michael Wimberly on drums/percussion. All of the vocalists will include their original pieces and I’m introducing a piece that I wrote for the group. This should be a fun and exciting show.  I had so much fun running this 12 hour course with a great group of vocalists. Details below…

SOUTH OXFORD SPACE
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Fay Victor presents….
CREATIVE IMPROV II FINAL CONCERT
w
Christopher Forbes on piano
Jochem v Dijk – bass guitar
Michael Wimberly on drums
+ Vocal participants
$10 suggested donations

Then next week THURSDAY OCTOBER 26, I’m back at the 55 BAR with IN PRAISE OF ORNETTE!  As per usual that’s happening from 7 to 9 p.m. and there’s no cover but a two-drink minimum.

The 55BAR
55 Christoper Street
New York, NY 10014
FV – voice, arrangements
Darius Jones – alto saxophone
Kenny Wessel – guitar
Sean Conly – double bass

with bassist/composer  of Glorious Ravage, Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner after rehearsal last week for NYC premiere. #selfie

Looking into November I’m going to be at the New Stone/The New School with Nicole Mitchell’s music on November 4th, from November 8th through the 12th, I’m going to be part of a project with dancer/choreographer Daria Fain’s mayday heyday parfait performing music composed by Darius Jones at BRIC Arts and then on November 16th I’ll be at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola as part of a tribute to to the amazing and wonderful Roswell Rudd, also very near to the release date of Embrace – an album of intimate reading of standards and near-standards with Lafayette Harris (piano) and Ken Filiano (double bass), myself on vocals and Roswell himself on trombone. More to say about this early next month!

Other recorded releasing news I’m happy to report that I’m on a beautiful project entitled Glorious Ravage, a panoramic song cycle from Bay Area composer, double bassist and friend Lisa Mezzacappa, out NOW on New World Records. Released on October 1st 2017, Glorious Ravage is a fantastic project that is much more than just a song cycle, it encompasses original films made to accompany the words and stories of female explorers from the Victorian Era. Going back to the end of September, I had a FUUNN time with the SoundNoise Trio (Sam Newsome – soprano sax, Reggie Nicholson – drums) on September 30th as part of the InGarden series for Arts for Art, Don Mount took some video of the proceedings, in two parts:

with Reggie Nicholson & Sam Newsome – the SoundNoise Trio. Photo by Jochem van Dijk

Finally here is a link to a fun improvisation with the great William Parker over my current (and mending) broken pinky bone.

And we’ve come full circle! Thank you for reading, hope to see you out there and I truly hope you are keeping sane and centered in this very strange time.

Fay

FV’s hand x-ray

September 2017 News!

Dear Friends,

Summer is winding down friends and I hope you’ve had a good one and shoot – maybe still enjoying what’s left of interesting and quirky summer!

Weather wise this summer been mild and seriously wet (I hope no one this list has friends or family that are in jeopardy in Texas or Louisiana because of Hurricane Harvey) and the political air is as toxic as it’s ever been. Still, we the people who see things differently are coming out to battle these ugly forces. Those of us making creative work are doing all we can to at the very least keep positive energy out in the world. We must keep on…

And I’m keeping on with an active Fall that includes album releases and some wonderful concerts. The gig page on the website is up to date so check it out! I’ll be back in more detail about these concerts as the time gets closer. But let me bring you up to speed on what’s coming right up!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 2017
FV with Friends!
FV/Ab Baars DUO + FV/Michael Moore/Ab Baars+ FV/Michael Moore/Wilbert De Joode/Onno Govaert
9PM
Zaal 100
De Wittenstraat 100, 1052 BA
Amsterdam, Netherlands

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 2017
Creative IMPROVISATION COURSE II
(5 weeks + Final Concert)
SOUTH OXFORD SPACE
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238
more info & sign up: lessons@fayvictor.com
Course fee: $250.00

There are still a couple spots left for the CREATIVE IMPROVISATION Course, a 12 hour course that runs for 5 weeks. Participants will learn, discover, explore and leave with tangible tools for improvising inside, outside, and alongside songs. DO get in touch if you’re interested or know someone who may be.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 2017
FV monthly Residency with!
Marty Erhlich – reeds
Marvin Sewell – guitar
Sean Conly – double bass
the 55 BAR
55 Christopher Street
7-9PM
NO Cover, 2 drink minimum

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 2017
Guest with Jeremiah Lockwood & Sway Machinery
Kol Nidre
Roulette
7pm
509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 2017
Arts for Art InGarden Series
SoundNoise Trio!
FV – voice
Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone
Reggie Nicholson – drums
First Street Green
33 E. 1st Street
NY, NY

Thanks for reading…be well, be careful and have a wonderful Fall.  See you out there!

Fay

FV Birthday HANG at the 55BAR!

Hey Friends,  If you’re in NYC on THURSDAY, JULY 27th and you’re free please join me at the 55BAR as I celebrate my birthday (just the day before!) with what has become an annual tradition – to bring together a bunch of great musicians for a series of mini sets and free explorations.  And there will be cake.  These are always a blast and a lot of people come out so if you’re coming, come early and get a seat! Line-up and flier below.  Hope to see some of you there…
Fay

Summer Announcements: MoMA, Creative Improvisation Workshop and more

Dear Friends,

How is your summer going so far? Tremendously fulfilling and gloriously relaxing is my hope for you! I’m just back from Vancouver, BC (Canada) working as the Artist in Residence Workshop facilitator for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Which translated into hosting all the artist led workshops (the festival features 10 such workshops) as well as running one of my own. Incredible to have an opportunity to hear how my fellow peers go about their work and how each artist found ways to connect with the audiences that came out to these well-attended workshops to hear what we all had to say.

I gave my workshop in Vancouver on Creative Improvisation, a subject of vocal technique and development I’m more passionate than ever to teach vocalists and instrumentalists alike. Giving musicians the ability to improvise with their voices and the tangible tools to do so. As a long time improvising vocalist that figured so much of what I do on my own, having the tools to share how to open that door and go down that road feels like a new journey. The workshop in Vancouver at Tom Lee Music was live streamed! Here is it below:

Creative Improvisation


Yes teaching improvisation beyond the jazz realm is a path I’ve been moving toward more as an educator.  Spring 2017 I gave my first Creative Improvisation Course ( a 4 week – 8 hour Course) which sold out and had a great response from the students and musicians that took part. The course and the subsequent feedback was tremendous and I’ve booked a follow-up course that starts this September 19, 2017.  This is an even bigger course – a 12 hour course running for 5 weeks with another concert at the end.  In this course participants will learn, discover, explore and leave with tangible tools for improvising inside, outside, alongside songs and beyond.
12 Hour Course on Improvisation-Full Schedule
Tuesdays, September 19 & 26: 7-9PM
Wednesday October 4: 6:30-9:30PM
Tuesday, October 10: 6:30-9:30PM
Tuesday, October 17: 7-9PM
Final Concert:
SUNDAY, October 22 2017 @ 6PM
Note the flyer at the end of this post and get in touch with any questions at lessons@fayvictor.com.

Testimonials
“Fay Victor is the truth. She is a Teacher, Guide, and Mentor to so many. I took Voice Lessons with Fay for several years and when I saw she was kicking off a Creative Vocal Improvisation Workshop, I was thrilled. This was my chance to get past this fear & anxiety I have battled with for a decade or more. I also knew that Fay would provide me with the guidance and a safe space to work through those issues, while also challenging me to maximize the potential of my instrument. As I guessed, Fay took the Vocalists on a beautiful journey. One, with no rules, with the exception of one, and that was to listen. Listen to your yourself, your fellow Vocalists, and the band. Be mindful of where the music is going and where you can go along with it. My view of the possibilities of vocal expression are forever changed. I see shapes, colors, and the ability to interpret even a painting into sound on my own terms! I owe this all to Fay and recommend this Workshop, Private Lessons, and any chance to afford yourself the opportunity to work with her.” – TM

“The Creative Improvisation Workshop allowed me to step out of my mind and into the depths of  my feelings.  What I’ve learned most from the experience is that being in the moment, both still and actively listening, brought out my true artistic expression.  Fay provided a foundation for us in the form of technique and improvisational language. But, the heavy focus that I normally apply to my singing was lessened because I was trusting in the moment. As a result, the technique and language followed.  I encourage all singers to jump into the experience, step out of their norm and find their whole creative selves.  Sharing this experience with other women also added a spiritual element that is not always present in traditional jazz workshops.  I am looking forward to the next time.”JL

Finally, I mentioned that I was a part of a movie made by an amazing young artist named Martine Syms that has an exhibition at MoMA up till July 16th – which means one more week!! New Yorker Magazine gave her a lot of love this week.  Read the great piece here and go see the show before it closes.http://www.newyorker.com/culture/persons-of-interest/how-to-be-a-successful-black-woman

Thanks for reading and I’ll make a post shortly about the 55BAR Birthday Hang coming up!

Fay

June 2017 is Busting OUT

Greetings!

I hope this message meets your eyes in good spirits despite the turn the world seems to have taken. I believe that love does indeed still conquer all.
“Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.” – Buddha

Personally, all well in this neck of the woods, not too long back from the London UK and finished up May playing with the great downtown quartet Sexmob for the first time, playing in a new trio with Satoshi Takeishi’s compositions on Japanese death poems (haikus) at The Stone then my monthly happening at the 55BAR with Marvin Sewell + Sean Conly this time around.  June is tightly packed with happenings – starting with the phenomenal Vision Festival –  and I wanted to share what’s going on.

I’m even in a movie friends…  🙂  Please read on…
Vision Festival 22
www.artsforart.org/VF22

**FRIDAY, JUNE 2 2017
Vision After Dark
FV with
Joe Morris (guitar)
Reggie Nicholson (drums)
Midnight
NUBLU
62 Avenue C @ 5th St.

**SATURDAY, JUNE 3 2017
Vision Festival 22
3PM
The TalkRACE Forum @ Vision
w FV & Cisco Bradley facilitating a talk on Race

**SATURDAY, JUNE 3 2017
Vision Festival 22
Songs for a Free World
10:30PM
Vision Festival Finale
Conducted by William Parker and Oliver Lake
See VF program for full line-up here: www.artsforart.org/VF22

SUNDAY, JUNE 4 2017
New York Jazz Workshop Presentation
Advanced Vocal Class
Sylvana

MONDAY, JUNE 5 2017
Project 106: Martine Syms
Gallery Sessions – Fay Victor
11:30AM
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
moderated by Thomas J. Lax
more about project 106: https://www.e-flux.com/announcements/130923/projects-106-martine-syms/

Project 106 is a 6 weeks exhibition of the incredible Visual and Video Artist Martine Syms, and the focal point of this exhibition is her first feature film, Incense Sweaters & Ice with three performers/actors.  I’m fortunate to be one of the three performers in this amazing piece.  The Gallery Sessions will focus on the work Martine and I did together as well as my own output as an artist.

TUESDAY, JUNE 6 2017
NYJW Vocal Showcase @ Club Bonafide
SERIES LAUNCH!
7PM
$15 Cover
Sets by Jacquii Leveine & FV
with John Austria (piano)
Andrew Schiller (double bass)
Bruce Cox (drums)

Friday, JUNE 23 2017
Herbie Nichols SUNG Quintet
FV with
Michael Attias – reeds
Anthony Coleman – piano
Ratzo Harris – double bass
drums – tba
the Greenwich House
Benefit Concert Series

SATURDAY JUNE 24th – JULY 3 2017
International Vancouver Jazz Fest
Workshop Facilitator in Residence
Creative Improvisation Workshop – JUNE 27 2017

Thank you all for reading.

Fay

**Please note I will NOT be at the 55bar in June but back on July 27 for my annual birthday hang.

April 2017 Performances

Photo by Fay Victor

Wow friends…

After a rejuvenating weekend in the country celebrating my husband’s birthday with great friends and just returning from teaching for the day at Temple University in Philadelphia (subbing for Carla Cook), I’m looking forward to a great range of gigs that include a few jazz heroes. Sending wishes of love and solidarity your way.

WEDNESDAY April 5 2017
OPEN Rehearsal: PUBLIC PROGRAM: DARIA FAÏN + DARIUS JONES
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
164-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432
6-7PM
http://exploringthemetropolis.org/event/public-program-daria-fain-darius-jones/

FRIDAY April 7 2017
DRESSER/MARONEY/VICTOR !!!
Mark Dresser – double bass
Denman Maroney – piano
Fay Victor – voice
A FIRST!
Soup & Sound hosted by Andrew Drury
292 Lefferts Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
7:30PM, 2 Sets
+
Jason Weiss, reads from his book in progress Listenings
7:30 door opens & soup is on (get it while it lasts)
8:00 music starts
BYOB (feel free to bring food or drink to share)
$20 suggested donation
http://soupandsound.org/

SATURDAY April 8 2017
RANDY WESTON AFRICAN RHYTHMS QT w Special guests !!!!!!!
The Jazz Standard
116 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016
Sets at 7:30 + 9:30PM. I will appear in the 1st set.
http://www.jazzstandard.com/?event=20170406

SUNDAY April 9 2017
FIRE MUSIC AT THE LEGION BAR
790 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
9 pm–SoundNoise Trio with Sam Newsome, Reggie Nicholson
9:45 pm–Ava Mendoza Solo
10:30 pm–Muyassar Kurdi & Nicholas Jozwiak
$10 for 1 set, $15 for the night!
G/L Trains to Williamsburg

FRIDAY April 14 2017
OMNIPRESENCE for mixed Choir
comp by Jace Clayton
Site-Specific piece performed outdoor
rain date: SATURDAY, April 15 2017

THURSDAY, April 27 2017
FV Residency @ the 55 Bar
STANDARD EXPLORATIONS
FV – voice, compositions
Aruan Ortiz – piano
Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone
Ken Filiano – double bass
7-9PM – NO COVER, 2 drink minimum
The 55BAR
55 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
www.55BAR.com

Thanks for reading and staying in touch…
Fay

The Alchemist Kitchen and more – March 2017 News

This FRIDAY, March 10 I’ll appear at a new venue on the Lower East Side called the Alchemist Kitchen with a store of fabulous products upstairs and a cozy lounge and bar downstairs.  Joining me will be the great, great William Parker on double bass and the fantastic Sam Newsome on soprano saxophone. This will be an evening to remember and we hope you are there.

Later this month….
SUN. MARCH 26 2017
Creative Improvisation Workshop @ South Oxford Space
FINAL CONCERT
(culmination of 4-week workshop of creative vocal improvisational
ideas outside of scatting. All vocal participants will perform)
w/ Michael Attias (alto saxophone), Christopher Gordon Forbes (piano)
+ special guests
4pm  $10 Donation
138 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY

WED. MARCH 29 2017
8PM
*NICOLE MITCHELL’S Maroon Cloud @ National Sawdust
Flute player Nicole Mitchell premieres a new piece for a Stone commission.
w/ Tomeka Reid (cello) and Aruan Ortiz (piano)
https://nationalsawdust.org/event/stone-commissioning-series-nicole-mitchell/

THURS. MARCH 30 2017
7-9PM
*IN PRAISE OF ORNETTE @ the 55BAR
w/Darius Jones (alto saxophone), Kenny Wessel (guitar), Sean Conly (double bass)
www.55bar.com

Thanks for reading.  Much love to you all!
Fay

55 BAR Residency Cancelled this month

Hey Friends,
Mix-ups and snafus happen and as it happens I won’t be at the 55BAR this month on February 23rd.  I will be back on March 30th with In Praise of Ornette, a great group exploring Ornette Coleman’s music.  See you then or the month after that!
Be safe and well out there,
Fay

February 2017 NEWS & Happenings

FV with shades
Friends!

Wow – just 2 1/2 weeks into this new administration and the world seems like a distant planet. I hope landing here finds you well and adjusting to the new reality of our world with a healthy perspective. More than ever I feel a deep gratitude to be a creative person in this time. I can document and give voice to my frustrations and concerns in many ways. So performances and opportunities to interact with audiences in various communities mean everything to me and I’m making it a point to be VOCAL however I can. If you feel you have a voice, you too need to figure out how you can speak out. It is a little easier for us so let’s use it. Here’s what’s happening:

*55 BAR Residency this month features Marika Hughes (cello) and Darius Jones (alto saxophone) in OLD SONGS, NEW SKIN, a re-calibration of older compositions of ours (myself and Jochem van Dijk). It’s been a fun exploration and we’re planning to record these pieces in the near future. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017 7-9PM, 55 Christopher Street, NY, NY
Marika & Darius

*We entered NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest! Keeping it protest and real, choosing a tune from the Fay Victor Ensemble’s first album (Cartwheels through the Cosmos -Artistshare 2007) entitled SPIN, written during the Bush Administration and how they manipulated the press into convincing the American people to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

*Here’s the latest video of my SneaKAttacK project, combining original video, music, texts and sounds with a political perspective. This one is entitled WHITE.

*Starting on February 28th, I’ll host my first CREATIVE IMPROVISATION Workshop here in New York City. It’s a 4 week course that is now sold out with very little promotion. This is exciting because I’ve felt there was a need fro vocalists to tap into other ways of improvising with their voices and I have so much to say on the subject. I’m looking forward to working with the participants and to the final concert at the end of March where we put it all together.
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January 2017 saw the 3rd anniversary of the passing of the great Roy Campbell. Roy was a fantastic musician that was loved not only for his sound but also for his support of musicians and his honesty in letting you know how your music landed on him. His passing revealed how precious that energy is within a musical community. He is still sorely missed. Here is a something we did back in 2011 called KAISO STORIES and avant jazz – calypso project and this piece is WE is WE.

Thank you for reading and remember…we who oppose this new administration are finding our footing and making our voices heard. That may be all we can do for the next 2 years but its VERY important for us all to be in that fight. At the end of the day the policies seek to help no-one but those least in need of anything. If we all remember that, we can steel our focus and work out the language to rally everyone who will suffer the long term effects of 45’s agenda.

Fay

Happy Holidays + One Last Show!

Some Holiday cheer from my nabe in Brooklyn, NY
Some Holiday cheer from my nabe in Brooklyn, NY

Greetings and Happy Holidays to you all.

This has certainly been a trying year, yet I aim to end 2016 and move into 2017 with as much light and love I can muster.  I saw myself begin to shrink in some ways after November 8th, fearful of what may befall me and my friends, colleagues and family.  As a person of color, it’s hard not to be painfully aware that we’re in a time space of inspired separation and no matter what side of the divide you stand – less of us feels safe.

But this  h e a v y  feelings has lifted, I see random acts of kindness all around me.  I see many trying to cling firmly to their goodness, doing what they can to be a positive force.  So I wish you all the very best wishes for the season and for the future.  We can only look up and we’ll find the good way to make it through.

If you’re in New York City around the holidays and want a nice and sultry thing to do, join me for my last gig of the  year at the 55BAR!

SoloTogether HER
Mazz Swift – violin, voice, compositions
Marika Hughes – cello, voice, compositions
Fay Victor – voice, compositions
the 55BAR, 7-9PM
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29 2016
No Cover, Two Drink minimum
donations accepted

I’m always excited to play at the 5’s and this is a special occasion indeed. Best wishes to you for a safe, fun and happy holiday season if we don’t meet until 2017.  I’ll be back around the New Year to say hi!

Till then,
Fay

Taken  at the Red Poppy House in San Francisco, CA
Taken at the Red Poppy House in San Francisco, CA