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

Happy New Year!

NewYear Posting Pic

Happy 2016! I wish you and all your loved ones the best wishes for this New Year!! May this year be your most enriching and fulfilling yet….

I start this year in a warrior spirit. Like I’m gearing up for battle on many fronts including my own creative quest for who I am and what I need to say. It’s been a couple years since I felt sure of my musical vision. I’m a restless creative spirit that has to pursue a variety of things but always with a main project that anchors everything else. A project I call home. For over 10 years that was the Fay Victor Ensemble, the vehicle for my writing, band-leading and improvisational playground (co-written with my husband and bass guitarist Jochem van Dijk). We’re still going strong – be on the lookout for FVE 2016 dates soon – yet I feel a pulling to perform music that isn’t written by me at all. For a couple years now I’m performing tunes from the Great American Songbook again finding new possibilities that I couldn’t even think of when I was starting out as a traditional jazz singer and my ears were more closed. An amazing rediscovery for me!

Jazz standards will show up on my 55BAR residency this month (THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2016) with Sam Newsome on soprano saxophone and Ken Filiano on double bass that I call the Quiet Side. My first gig of 2016 mines the jazz universe in a different way; the compositions of Ornette Coleman. Guitarist Anders Nilsson suggested we check out some Ornette Coleman tunes for our ExPosed Blues Duo project. I love Ornette’s music, already a fan and even learned a few themes by ear yet never considered singing them until Anders suggested it. We’ve done Ornette’s music as a duo a number of times over the past few years, last Spring we bought it to the 55BAR and invited bassist Sean Conly to join us. As luck would have it alto saxophone titan Darius Jones stopped by to hang for the gig and sat in. No doubt after hearing these rough forays that there wasn’t something there. A few months later the quartet, with Darius and Sean played on Craig Harris’ Series in Harlem after Ornette had left us in June 2015. Guitarist Kenny Wessel (and ex-Ornette Coleman sideman) replaced Anders, who was out of town, and what emerged that afternoon made my heart sing. That group, In Praise of Ornette… will appear on the Evolving Music Festival on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2016 at Clemente Soto Velez.

There are beautiful Free Improv forays too this month in settings I’m proud to be a part of: on FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, I’ll join saxophonist/composer Matana Roberts residency at the Stone in the Lower East Side of NYC at 10pm, performing with her and more wonderful folk, then on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, join me for another Green Avenue Music Presents at IBEAM with Tomas Fujiwara on drums, Ben Gerstein on trombone and a special guest Elisabeth Harnik on piano! SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 and SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2016 I’m playing in Chi-town!! on the 23rd at Constellation with the incredible multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey as we dig deeper into our duo dialogue and the following night I join drummer Mike Reed, bass clarinetist Jason Stein and Nick Butcher on electronics and guitar at the Hungry Brain for another fresh musical meeting. What a way to start the New Year. I hope to see you out at the shows and as always you can get all the performances details on the GIG section of the site…

Other super important things happening this month…SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, I’ll emcee an important event – a benefit to support the family of Tamir Rice, the 12 year old boy gunned down by police in Cleveland over a year ago. We want to assist Ms. Samaria Rice in getting the help she needs to fight the lack of indictment in this case. It will be a great event with musical performances and more…if you can’t be there, do what you can to donate to the cause and/or please spread the word.

On MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2016, the Jazz Vocal Workshop will put on their end of semester performance! I’m very excited for this performance as these students have worked hard and risen to the occasion throughout the semester. This will be the most diverse presentation I’ve put on yet and I’m damn proud of this group. Sadly, it will be my last presentation as I am leaving the position at the end of semester. I had such a great two years at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music but the other news for 2016 is going back to school! So I’ll be focusing on that this year as well.

Ahhhh….a good feeling to start the year with a fighting spirit in a positive way. Life is painfully short. If no other year made that painfully clear, 2015 should be strong contender. No need to dilly-dally over the small stuff that gets in the way and distorts focus. We’ve got to fight the powers that be within and without.

Blessings!!

FV

NEWS! New Interview + Heading West

interview capture

Dear Friends!

Here’s hoping things are great in your world.  So much turmoil and trouble and we’re losing great energies in quick succession.  B B King and Ben E King gone within 3 weeks of each other and just last night Bruce Lundvall, of Blue Note Records passed on as well.  It’s painful to lose people we feel we know because they touch us so deeply, once again reminded how fleeting everything – including ourselves – is. It’s one of the reasons music is so important to me as every time I sing and it’s over.  It’s over.  Never to come again and a recording of those moments are a document to what was. Making music makes the point clear each and every time…that this moment and time is the only real thing we have.

And I have some news.

Before I hit the road in April,  the great ezine (and part of the New Music America) stopped by my home for a pretty in depth interview I’d like to share.  It’s part of a three part interview that includes vocal powerhouses Jen Shyu and Jazz legend Sheila Jordan focusing on three generations of jazz vocalists going in decidedly disparate paths, yet still honoring the tradition. I’m honored to have been asked to take part and you can read it (and see the video) right here.

http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/fay-victor-opening-other-doors/

Big Sur, Calfornia shot by FV in 2011
Big Sur, California shot by FV in 2011

I’m also headed to the West Coast to play with at the California Jazz Conservatory on SATURDAY, MAY 23rd and conducting a workshop called Improvising w/o Scatting on SUNDAY, MAY 24th. Everything is on the PERFORMANCE section of the FV site and I’m putting here as well:

SATURDAY, MAY 23rd //The California Jazz Conservatory
FV’s TRIO West
Fay Victor – voice, compositions
Lisa Mezzacappa – double bass
John Finkbeiner – guitar
w Special Guest – Steve Adams (reeds)
8PM
Berkeley, CA
https://cjc.edu/concerts/?eid=8662

SUNDAY, MAY 24th//The California Jazz Conservatory
Berkeley, CA
WORKSHOP: Improvising without Scatting
12-3PM
Berkeley, CA
https://cjc.edu/workshops/?eid=8492

As soon as I hop back into town, I’m at the 55BAR keeping it jazzy this month for the Early Set..
THURSDAY, MAY 28th//The 55Bar
FV with Ratzo Harris and Kenny Wessel
Early Set 7-9PM
NY, NY
www.55bar.com

Thank you all for reading.  Appreciate every moment!

Love,
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