due to a booking snafu mix-up misunderstanding…All Things with Strings will NOT appear at the 55BAR on December 31st for the Early Set. BUT the same fab group will be there with me on April 28, 2016. That’s Anders Nilsson (guitar), Marika Hughes (cello) and Sean Conly (double bass). Apologies and regrets for this change in plans. I’ll be back in the New Year at the 55Bar on January 28th, 2016 with Sam Newsome (soprano sax) and Ken Filiano (double bass), dipping into the Quiet Side.
Happy Holidays and I’ll be back soon with a fresh post before 2015 say goodbye.
Yes…like it or not, we’re in the waning days of summer with the Fall season upon us. Here in NYC one of the things that means is that live shows go back inside. Funnily enough I have not done one outdoor show all summer. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I’ve played outside. Maybe in 2013 at the Hammer Museum in LA..that sounds about right…and the Red Hook Jazz Festival in 2013 was outdoors too.
Truthfully, I’ve been indoors a lot this summer. Made it to the beach for the first time just last week. Teaching and working on refocusing my energies and developing new projects. I write this at the end of a ‘staycation’, I took time to be home, stepping back from social media (except instagram), and people in general to regroup and reflect on what’s next and which way to go. And to get a few things DONE such as clean up the teaching page of my website. One thing I’m working on is expanding my teaching of jazz and improvisation around the world and a good clear page about that part of my life was long overdue. Take a look when you have a chance and please spread the word! (add weblink here) This month marks the return to running workshops at both the New York Jazz Workshop (just finished the annual 4-day Vocal Summit) and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music + resuming my private teaching practice full force. Then next month, I’m honored and thrilled to head to Macedonia to teach two days of master classes alongside saxophonist Marc Mommaas at the University of Skopje. Learn more about that and more teaching coming up on the road on the updated teaching page.
I’m also working on new music, mostly working on the beautiful song cycle Bay area bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa put together called Glorious Ravage! The song cycle alongside 4 independent films made in conduction with the music, will prier in Los Angeles on the Angel City Jazz Festival on SATURDAY, September 26, 2015 at RedCAT. the amazing 15 piece ensemble (including musicians such as Mark Dresser, Nicole Mitchell, Myra Melford, Vinny Golia and more…) heads to San Francisco to premiere Glorious Ravage on October 1st and 2nd. Lisa’s has a great website about it all – you can learn more at this link. I’m working on some of Ornette Coleman’s music, developing and working out a number of compositions to perform. Anders Nilsson and I started doing this a couple years ago, and now after a great and revelatory concert in August on the Harlem afternoon Jazz Series, playing Ornette’s music in quartet was inspiring to say the least. I want to keep this going.
Before I head back out West, I’ve got a couple shows here in NYC that I’m looking forward to! Coming up on the WhyNot Experiment Series at the WhyNot Jazz Club – I’m there doing a double bill with the marvelous Kyoko Kitamura! Kyoko’s pairing with the ever inventive dancer/choreographer Mark Lamb and later I get to pair up with guitarist Anders Nilsson (aka the ExPosed Blues DUO) for a foray into the experimental blues galaxy that exists waaaay out there. The ExPosed Blues DUO hasn’t played out in the city since the winter so we’re raring to go! What a fun night this will be…happening on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2015. Then on SEPTEMBER 18, 2015, I’m back at the Gin Fizz Lounge, one of my favorite places to play in the city. A fun loving crowd comes out that enjoy the music! We opened up the live music on Fridays at this venue and glad to be back with my Blues and Standards Group. This month at the 55BAR, guitarist Anders Nilsson will be filling in my residency slot on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015. I’ll be back at the 55BAR on THURSDAY, October 29 with Herbie Nichols SUNG.
Finally, I’ve got to say THANK YOU to a wonderful house and time at the 55BAR on August 27th with Sam Newsome on soprano saxophone and Ken Filiano on bass. Took it to the quiet and intricate side – it was beautiful, playing mostly standards in the soundscape with so many possibilities of time, space and sound available made this music so special. Another project to keep moving forth with. Playing tunes in this way is a joy! Thanks for reading. Get all the deets all on gigs that’s coming up on the GIG calendar.
Wishing you all the best for a fruitful and positive Autumn full of music, peace and love,
Just back from San Francisco, CA playing with bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park working out some the material for Glorious Ravage, a song cycle Lisa composed to accompany four films put together by Bay area film makers. premiering next month in Southern California before a two night run in San Francisco at the beginning of October! To learn more on that amazing project, check out Lisa’s website and even spread the word if you can.
Later this month, I run the Advanced Jazz Vocal Summit for the New York Jazz Workshop for the 6th year! The Summit lasts four days and I’ve organized a nice gig at the Lexington Hotel, smack dab in midtown on FRIDAY, AUGUST 21st to feature the vocalists from this year’s session. Very happy to provide this opportunity to the students and I’ll perform a few tunes myself. On TUESDAY, AUGUST 25th, I’m on the Harlem Jazz Series doing a program called In Praise of Ornette with Kenny Wessel (guitar), Sean Conly(double bass) and Darius Jones (alto saxophone). This is a great afternoon Jazz Series, curated by the fantastic trombonist Craig Harris. I’m so excited about this! Finally back at the 55BAR with the stupendous Sam Newsome on soprano saxophone and the ridiculous Ken Filiano on double bass on THURSDAY, AUGUST 27th for the Early Set. That will be a thrilling ride for sure..
Finally a BIG thank you to all that came to the residency birthday hang at the 55BAR on July 30th..it was beyond expectation. So much love and great spirits in that space!!! Thanks for being there with me in person and it spirit. I felt it strong. Here is a clip from the evening if you missed it.
More news in early September about the Fall and beyond…Happy Summer for now.
JOIN me friends for a special night at the 55BAR celebrating my 3rd year there of monthly gigs. The lineup is intense and you wont want to miss the fun and the MUSIC! Early Set from 7-9PM! See you there…
Summer’s begun. I’d bet most of you are on your way to doing great warm weather things. A good thing too. If you’re reading this from the North East USA then you know all too well how horrible this past winter was. And loooong. That’s all behind us now. This summer finds me just slightly less busy then the rest of the year, which is a first. My teaching practice – now booming – isn’t letting up! Later this month, my dearest and I will celebrate 18 years of married life and love, the week after that – I turn 50!! I can’t believe it myself.
One of the ways of celebrating that milestone takes place on THURSDAY, JULY 30 at the 55BAR! My residency enters its third year there and every anniversary I celebrate by inviting great friends and idols to join me a for a musical smorgasbord for a couple of hours. It’s always a great hang, it’s free and having you there make the celebration all the better. This year the special guests are: Anders Nilsson, Ras Moshe, Ken Filiano, Michael Attias, Mazz Swift, Reggie Nicholson, Cooper Moore and William Parker!
Speaking of William Parker, just a couple days ago a joined a small chorus for his piece at the Vision Festival XX that was a blast. And as I write today – SUNDAY, JULY 12th – I’ll be at Barbes with the wonderful musician and singer Jeremiah Lockwood going deep into the blues at 5PM.
Early in August (FRIDAY, AUGUST 7th), I head out to the West Coast, playing with Lisa Mezzacappa at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park working out some the material for Glorious Ravage – being more formally presented in September/October. To learn more on that amazing project, check out Lisa’s website and even spread the word if you can. Later in August, I run the Advanced Jazz Vocal Summit for the New York Jazz Workshop. The Summit lasts 4 days and I’ve organized a nice gig at the Lexington Hotel, smack dab in midtown on FRIDAY, AUGUST 21st to feature the vocalists from this year’s session. Very happy to provide this opportunity to the students. On TUESDAY, AUGUST 25th, I’m on the Harlem Jazz Series doing a program called In Praise of Ornette with Kenny Wessel, Sean Conly and Darius Jones. This is a great afternoon Jazz Series, curated by the great trombonist Craig Harris. I’m so excited about this! Back at the 55BAR on THURSDAY, AUGUST 27th for the Early Set and the line-up soon come. Details on all the shows mentioned are in the GIG section of the site.
In other great, great news – I’m honored to be a part of a newly released book, entitled “Giving Birth to Sound: Creative Women in Music”, edited by William Parker and Renate De Rin and published by buddy’s Carlson Knives. I got my copy a couple nights ago and I’m inspired by all the thoughts these powerful and creative women have on the process of making music. How music impacts our lives. Pick up a copy and learn more here.
I’ll be back with a proper post come September so until then – have a great summer!! Thanks for reading and maybe, just maybe – I’ll see you out there.
May is just about a closed door and June is reaching out with open…and warm… arms
Just back from California after performing a wonderful concert with Lisa Mezzacappa, John Finkbeiner and auspicious guest reedist Steve Adams (of the ROVA Saxophone quartet) at the California Jazz Conservatory…following up the concert with a workshop the next day called Improvising without Scatting. That turned out to be something of a revelation. I had a vibrant and expressive class that gave me a clear view on the effectiveness of the things we tried. The students were pleased. I was pleased that some germinating ideas had come to fruition. I look forward to teaching more of these workshops and expanding the idea of improvisation for vocalists.
I got home just in time to close out the month with the 55 Bar residency taking it all the way jazz, playing standards with bassist Ratzo Harris and guitarist Kenny Wessel. We had a great time swinging the great American Songbook in our way the perfect way to come home. Now coming up a happening month of happenings – check the Performance section for details but shortly, here’s what’s coming up!
June opens up with a special set of the Fay Victor Ensemble at Korzo, part of the Konceptions Music Series for the 10:30PM Set on TUESDAY, JUNE 2 with Anders Nilsson and Ken Filiano! We are celebrating 10 years this year as a group and it’s always a ball and a joy to make music together. I hope you’ll join us for this special presentation! WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 doing a private party as part of the annual Art OMI fundraiser with Anders Nillson, Ursel Schlict and Jamie Baum.SATURDAY, JUNE 6 I’m part of a triple bill put on by killing free jazz drummer William Hooker atFunkadelic Studios. My set is with the great and esteemed William Parker on Bass! Woo…very excited about this happening. The next day, I head up to Hartford, CT to perform with a crew of amazing musicians to part of the grande season finale of the Improvisation Series held at RealArtWays, put on by Joe Morris and Stephan Haynes. A crew of 15 musicians improvising as a group and in smaller settings will make for a thrilling afternoon on SUNDAY, JUNE 7th. Back in NYC, join me and my Blues & Standards group at the Gin Fizz Lounge on FRIDAY, JUNE 19th where we’ll be swinging and smoking the night away…this is a fun dress up hang too. Closing out June at the 55BAR on THURSDAY, JUNE 25th will be Anders Nilsson and Sean Conly + a special guest.
In between all this…I’ll presenting two student concerts this month. The first is part of the New York Jazz Workshop afternoon of workshop performances on SUNDAY, JUNE 14th at Small’s Jazz Club starting at 12:00NOON and ending with the Advanced Vocal Class at 5:30PM. The second presentation for theBrooklyn Conservatory of Music Jazz Workshop at the Brooklyn Conservatory Main Stage on TUESDAY, JUNE 16 2015 from 7:30-9:30PM. These events are FREE and open to the Public. I do hope you will join me at one of the shows this month!
This is month where everything tapers off for the summer. I’m looking forward to a great summer full of plans as well as open spaces to play and explore. How about you? Any great plans coming your way? Have a great summer no matter what you do. Looking forward to seeing at the shows and/or around town!
Happy March Friends! The promise of Spring looms in an air of abstraction here in the NorthEastern US yet being able to say we’re in the month of March assures warm weather fairly soon. YES!
With all that said I’m wearing my warm jazz hat quite a lot this month in wonderful musical settings starting tomorrow as part of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival where I’m invited as a special guest with DC based group Ephemera and we’ll perform a double bill with RAW of Sweden on SUNDAY, MARCH 8th at the House of Sweden in DC. on SATURDAY, MARCH 7 – I’m giving a Masterclass at the Levine School of Music in DC as well. Very excited to perform in DC for the first time with this great group of musicians. Later in March, I’ll run a Masterclass much closer to home at Long Island University through the wonderful invitation of master musician himself, Sam Newsome. On the local gig front, I’m putting on another Greene Avenue Music Presents (the event in February with Tyshawn Sorey and Brandon Seabrook was a musical sensation !!!) presenting Herbie Nichols with a European aficionado of his music, Akhim Coughman and Ratzo Harris at I-BEAM in preparation for an upcoming Herbie Nichols SUNG Europe tour in April (more on that shortly), plus the 55Bar Residency this month features FV’s Blues and Standards (THURSDAY, MARCH 26th) for the Early Set with Anders Nilsson (guitar), Ratzo Harris (double bass) and Jason Nazary (drums).
If the weather itself doesn’t warm up come and wrap yourself up in some good music wherever you can find it. The last gig with the Fay Victor Ensemble at the 55 BAR found me entering an empty bar on a cold cold night with folks from water softener reviews to set up for the gig to having it filling up with smiling and welcoming faces bringing a warmth that went straight to the heart. Music warms from the inside out.
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…
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.
Thanks so much for reading…hope to see you out at the shows!
Fall now is in full swing and this weekend in New York City we’re feeling it. Brisk and fresh, its definitely time to think of the indoors and get ready for the cold. Warming up with great music always helps to get through the dark and short winter days to come and we’ve only just put the clocks back.
Stepping back for second to October turned out to be a wonderful month of musical eclecticism for me. Started the month playing at I-BEAM with Jason Hwang on violin and Miya Masaoka on koto! Whoa. A joy and new discovery to make music with these instruments. We also a special guest from Indonesia Djudak Ferianto a great musician and vocalist that joined and added abundantly to the proceedings. The next great thing was VoiceHornsBass on the InGarden Series for Arts for Art with Ken Filiano (double bass), Will Connell (reeds) and Vincent Chancey (french horn). This was our 2nd meeting of improvising textures, tones and text…it was wonderful. Then what was for e a milestone – I had the opportunity to perform Sequenza III by the great Italian composer Luciano Berio, as part of an all Berio program at Columbia University through the new and exciting chamber organization, ensemble mise-en. It’s the first time I performed a solo vocal piece ever. What a thrilling experience it was. I closed out the month at the 55BAR with Marika Hughes (cello) and Sean Conly (double bass) playing older songs of mine and Jochem van Dijk – pre-FVE tunes re-cast in a different instrumentation. It was a lot of fun and great exploration with fresh approaches. I think we’ll do that again very soon….
Coming up this month, its a month chock full of DUOs and a big film Collab. I’m back at the Lexington Hotel twice in November with bassist Ratzo Harris on WEDNESDAY, November 5 and Anders Nilsson on TUESDAY, November 18th. On November 15th, I’m playing with guitarist Brandon Seabrook at new venue run in Brooklyn by Cisco Bradley called New Revolution Arts. Then on TUESDAY, November 25th, I’m past of a big group at JACK in Brooklyn performing and improvising in front of and alongside films! Finally, the day after Thanksgiving I head to Chicago to help celebrate 40 years of the great Amsterdam club the Bimhuis in a duo with famed cellist Tristan Honsinger, where we’ll play an improvised voice/cello set at Constellation. I haven’t been to Chicago since 2010, looking forward to being there for a little while.
Thanks much for reading and hope to see you out and about!
Here’s what’s coming up for October in the New York City. I recently returned from the Netherlands visiting friends and family… a wonderful trip and great to revisit faces and places with Jochem as we’re rarely there together. Came back to New York and dove right into the Very Very Threadgill Festival from the great composer and musician Henry Threadgill, honored to be a part of this wonderful event put on at Harlem Stage and curated by Jason Moran! A fantastic and beautiful weekend to have been a part of. I then closed on September being part of the VoiceArts Forum at Cal Arts on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, giving a presentation on my work and via Skype! It was wonderful and thanks to vocalist/educator Carmina Escobar for inviting me to take part.
And now we’re into October with lots in store as well! Starting on coming TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, a first time improv meeting with myself, the fantastic Miya Masaoka on koto and the fantabulous Jason Hwang on violin at I-BEAM. I’ve been wanting to play with Miya for some time now and Jason has also been on my short list of faves to meet in an improv setting. I’m really glad it’s happening, and before us the great bassist Ken Filiano will perform solo.
Then MONDAY, OCTOBER 13 I’m playing on the Arts for Arts InGarden Series, closing out the month long series with VoiceBassHorns with Ken Filiano on double bass, Vincent Chancey on french horn and Will Connell on reeds. I put this group together in my head some months ago and we played together for real on June 30. WOW. Very, very happy that this opportunity has come up to play again and so soon. Our set is up at 4PM but before that there’s drummer Michael TA Thompson’s and reedist Patrick Brennan’s groups at 2PM and 3PM respectively. Learn more details here.
Later on in the month I’m undertaking quite the undertaking on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 222014. Performing a piece of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza III for female voice as part of the Mise-En presentation at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University, part of an evening called Berio in NYC: Sequenzas and Chemins IV. I’m excited and petrified at the same time. This piece deeply inspired me when I began to delve into extended vocal techniques. I cant believe I’ll have the opportunity to perform it myself and I hope you can make it. It free!
Closing out the month at the 55BAR on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 with ‘Old Songs, New Skin‘ with a slightly different line-up of Marika Hughes on cello and Sean Conly on bass, mostly playing pre FVE compositions with a different sonic spin and musical approach. Looking forward to this journey!
Thanks for reading friends…musical blessings to you.
photo of CalArts students courtesy of Carmina Escobar; all other photos by Fay Victor