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
Anders Nilsson-guitar, effects
Ken Filiano-bass, effects
Michael TA Thompson-drums,percussion
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
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Kyoko Kitamura, Jean Carla Rodea, FV – voice
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
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
Roy Campbell-trumpets and more
Daniel Carter-reeds and more
William Parker-bass and more
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
Avenue C and 5th St.
$10 suggested donation
Mark Lamb-spoken words, movement
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,