June is Jumping in 2016!

Brooklyn...
Brooklyn…

How is life treating you music lovers and others out there? Life here is A-OK. Oh I could complain about many a mundane thing but I actually don’t have anything to share but good news. Many artists and friends are struggling to survive in New York City. Struggling to stay and be viable in a dwindling area where working people can afford to be. Many are going through tough times, such as Arts for Art, the organization that puts on the Vision Festival, is going through a rough patch over loss of funding.

We (my husband and I) are OK for the moment but we rent. In Brooklyn. So…

We like where we live, it all feels stable since we’ve been in same place for close to 13 years. Stable…until it isn’t. Of course.  Which is the angst.  Too many before us have been there. If it comes to that, it will all work out somehow. Sharing the stress of what many of us have faced, are facing, and will face in this city is important. There is no shame in feeling afraid of how the money we make simply won’t go as far. Still the music goes on…now on to some good news!

Rehearsing with Aruan Ortiz and Marty Ehrlich for a fantastic hit at the 55BAR!
Rehearsing with Aruan Ortiz and Marty Ehrlich for a fantastic hit at the 55BAR!

As I step out of May 2016, I’m full of gratitude for the three performances I had last month that were extremely different and so rewarding in their own way. Wonderful to meet up musically this month, twice, with pianist Aruan Ortiz. We’ve done a number of things together over the past few years and he’s making wonderful music himself. We played with Sam Newsome on a new series called One Breathe Rising combining poetry and music, (May 6th) then Aruan joined me at the 55BAR with the great reedist Marty Ehrlich last week Thursday (May 26). Smack dab in the middle of the month I went to Chicago with the fantastic musician/composer/educator Tyshawn Sorey to perform our DUO concept (about 4 years running) at Constellation which was just incredible. Standing ovation to boot. Check out this review of the concert here:
http://www.cacophonymag.com/fayvictoryandtyshawnsoreyduo

Fay Victor & Tyshawn Sorey Back stage at Constellation, Chicago. #selfie
Fay Victor & Tyshawn Sorey Back stage at Constellation, Chicago. #selfie

Now June is upon us and I’m thrilled to be back on the Vision Festival!! One of my favorite Festivals and an honor to be asked to perform as a leader for the 4th time! I’m bringing a new group called the SoundNoise Quartet. Last Fall on the InGarden Series put on by Arts for Art, I asked the incredible saxophonist Sam Newsome and Reggie Nicholson to join me for a free improv set. The results were just…wow. Check the video below. When Patricia Nicholson Parker reached out to offer me a set, she suggested the trio which I loved. But I wanted to add another element and thought of the electric bassist Melvin Gibbs to join us. He said yes! So there it is. we hope to see you there and throughout the festival.

In addition I’m part of two panel discussion on the Vision Festival – the first time I’ve been asked. Vision Festival Details Below…

JUNE 7 – 12, 2016 
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South, NYC
VISION FESTIVAL XXI

>>>>June 10th – 5PM
Panel The Creative Option : FreeJazz vs Fascism
Hamid Drake, Matt Shipp, Connie Crothers, Fay Victor, P Nicholson
Adam Zanolini, Moderator Scott Currie
>>>8PM
Fay Victor SoundNoise Quartet
Fay Victor – voice, text
Sam Newsome – soprano sax
Melvin Gibbs – bass guitar
Reggie Nicholson – drums, perc.
>>>>June 12th – 5PM
Panel The Creative Option : FreeJazz vs Fascism
William Hooker, Mike Reed, Fay Victor, Charlotte Ka
Moderator Scott Currie
www.artforart.org

On SUNDAY, JUNE 19th My Advanced Vocal Workshop at the New York City Jazz Workshop will put on their Spring presentation at Smalls! The group is just incredible this session and I look forward to smiling and swinging proudly through their performances. So proud of all the vocalists that will present their artistry and learnin’ on June 19th. On Wednesday, JUNE 22nd back at the Gin Fizz Lounge with the trio that blew the roof off the place when we played there in March – Marvin Sewell (guitar), Sean Conly (bass) and Reggie Nicholson (drums)! I close the month out on June 30th at the 55BAR with the Quiet Side w Ken Filiano and Sam Newsome!

Stay tuned too for the annually Birthday Hang bash at the 5’s! Will reveal the real deal on that very soon. These are becoming the stuff of legend. 😉

Much love, peace and music – we need, we need, we need!
Fay

Union Square Tilt Shift...by FV
Union Square Tilt Shift…by FV

 

May 2016 Musings and Shows

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May!

Yes we’re deep into Spring and NYC feels like it’s gearing up for winter. Yet the music never stops…

Been a moment since I’ve written a proper post. The world has changed drastically since then. Most recently losing the great musician extraordinaire crazy fantastical energy machine that was Prince. Seems like a locally grown bigot named Trump will be the GOP nominee for our next President, and I’ve made some musical discoveries as I open up my musical palette of taste and musicians and finally and WOO so happy to say – I recorded my Herbie Nichols SUNG project! Look for news on that release as it unfolds.

And teaching. Been teaching a bunch, deeply inspired by the students I’ve run across. How curious they are and open. So freaking open. Not much resistance to the unorthodox things I sometimes throw at them. I’ve been up at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, taught masterclasses in Antwerp and Amsterdam, ran a sold-out improvising workshop in the Bay area and still running the weekly workshop for the New York Jazz Workshop. Phew. Yesterday I did a clinic at NYU and for the first time I approached the podium feeling completely comfortable to just talk off of the outline. Let the flow determine where we go. We had a good time interacting and I may have found my stride as a speaker and educator. Makes me happy and only about 9 years in the making. 🙂

Going out to hear music:  Arts for Art Evolving Festival, April 2016
Going out to hear music: Arts for Art Evolving Festival, April 2016

Add to that, a  few wonderful shows are coming up this month that I’m happy to be a part of. Perhaps I’ll see you there!

FRIDAY, May 6 2016
One Breathe Rising Presents
FAY VICTOR’s Standard Explorations
FV – voice, compositions
Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone
Aruan Ortiz – piano
Opening first – Poet Delana R.A. Dameron
8:00PM
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
Ft Greene, Brooklyn, NY
$15 for all

SATURDAY, May 14 2016
Fay Victor/Tyshawn Sorey DUO
FV – voice, piano
Tyshawn Sorey – drums, piano, found objects
8:00PM
Constellation
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

THURSDAY, May 16 2016
55BAR Residency: FV with Marty Ehrlich & Aruan Ortiz
FV – voice
Marty Ehrlich – reeds
Aruan Ortiz – Fender Rhodes
7-9PM
55BAR
55 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014

FV with Tomas Fujiwara (drums) & Ben Gerstein (trombone)
FV with Tomas Fujiwara (drums) & Ben Gerstein (trombone)

I want to thank all the incredible musicians I’ve collaborated with in the past couple months on some amazing musical journeys: Achim Kaufmann and Tobias Delius on Herbie Nichols SUNG; Pianist Amy Bormet’s Quartet for the Washington Women in Jazz Festival; Darius Jones, Sean Conly and Kenny Wessel in In Praise of Ornette; Mazz Swift, Marika Hughes, Darren Johnston and Lisa Mezzacappa with me in the Bay area in early April; Tomas Fujiwara and Ben Gerstein with me on Sound Session for the Evolving Festival (check out the video of this performance below). That’s an amazing group of people to swirl around musical ideas with. I couldn’t be more blessed.

That’s what’s been going on and what’s coming up. See you out there or see you soon! Thanks so much for reading.

Fay

Crossing the Delaware, heading back to NYC after the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in our nation's capital.
Crossing the Delaware, heading back to NYC after the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in our nation’s capital.

March 2016 News!!

Herbie Nichols SUNG at the LOFT, Cologne, Germany
Herbie Nichols SUNG at the LOFT, Cologne, Germany

Greetings!

Just back from a small tour in Europe, playing at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam and the Loft in Cologne, Germany, performing and recording the glorious music of pianist/composer Herbie Nichols.  Myself alongside stellar band mates Achim Kaufmann on piano and Tobias Delius on tenor saxophone and clarinet opened up Nichols’ compositions in thrilling ways  I’m just started listening back to the roughs – I am very excited with what we have and sharing it with you all will be part of my work this year.  More on all that soon!

Besides the live concert recordings, I also ran a full masterclass in Antwerp, Belgium at the Royal Conservatory as well plus an improvisation workshop in Amsterdam!   Look out for 2017 when I’ll be back in Europe teaching once more. You all know I love teaching…the more I get to do it, the happier I am.

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That keeps going in March. I’m off to spend two days at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA (MARCH 22nd + 23rd) with the great musician and professor himself, Marty Ehrlich. I’ll hang with the students in his class focusing on Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk compositions. The following day I’ll host a talk on my music, artistic perspective and validation of artistic ideas. Before that I’m super honored and looking forward to SATURDAY, MARCH 12th, I’ve been asked to join a panel with two esteemed African American female scholars, Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffith and Dr. Courtney Bryant.  We’ll share and speak with inquiring youth in HighBridge Voices in the Bronx on Women of Color in this music through the invitation of Paul Harding.

And for the gig this month! I’ll be joining the Washington Women in Jazz Festival once again as a special guest performing at the Hill Center in Washington, DC on WEDNESDAY, March 16th. FRIDAY March 18th I’m back at the Gin Fizz Lounge with…wait for it….Marvin Sewell, Sean Conly and Reggie Nicholson bringing the soulful moves and grooves to that happening lounge. On THURSDAY March 31st, back at the 55 Bar with ‘In Praise of Ornette’ featuring Darius Jones, Kenny Wessel and Sean Conly focused on Ornette Coleman compositions and closing out March 2016 just before heading West…Thanks for reading and supporting live and recorded music!

May blessings and music abound in joy like Spring,

Fay

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an amazing day and a fun #selfie at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium!

C O M I N G  U P!
April 1st 2016: SOLO Her w Marika Hughes, Mazz Swift and FV
Red Poppy House, San Francisco, CA
April 2nd, 2016: New Blues Views (celebrating jazz appreciation month)
w/ Marika Hughes, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa and FV
California Jazz Conservatory, Berkeley, CA
April 3rd, 2016: Vocal improvisation without scatting Workshop
California Jazz Conservatory, Berkeley, CA
May 14, 2016: Tyshawn Sorey and FV DUO
Constellation, Chicago, IL
June 10, 2016: FV SoundNoise Quartet w/Sam Newsome, Melvin Gibbs and Reggie Nicholson
Vision Festival XXI

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Leaving Cologne at the end of the Herbie Nichols SUNG tour