Whats Happening in June 2012

Hey hey,

I’m sitting here wishing that all is well with you as I write this on a beautiful sunny Sunday.  Life over here has been strangely strange and full of music. Just the way I like it….at the end of April my longstanding group, the Fay Victor Ensemble, played again for the first time in over a year and we performed two more gigs in May.  I was so taken with these concerts and the music, grateful for the friends that came out and for new folks that stopped by and gave wonderful and important feedback on the music.  I’m amazed at the choice words people use when describing our music!  For example, someone said that listening to the FVE was like “smoking a joint with out actually smoking a joint.” On these outings we’ve been a trio and this format has opened up new avenues of exploration which we plan to check out a while longer.  See the FVE next at Cornelia Street Cafe on July 31st as part of the Voxify Vocal Series.

Last month the ExPosed Blues Duo (me + Anders Nilsson) also stepped out once more with a private hit and a public expose at Sycamore, part of a double bill w/Shayna Dulberger’s group.  Check out a new video of us here…ExPosed Blues DUO rocks Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho. We’ll play again as the closing act for the Evolving Series at Clemente Soto Velez on MONDAY, JUNE 25th, electrifying the set with the addition of electric bassist Tim Dahl, closing out the gig list for June…

Before that, join me this MONDAY, JUNE 4th for a fun hang at the 55BAR with bassist Ratzo Harris and reedist Michael Attias performing Herbie Nichols music in ways we’re sure you haven’t heard before!  We play the Early Set…Later this week I head to Montreal, Canada to perform with William Parker’s Essence of Ellington Project as part of the Suoni per il Popolo Festival in celebration for Aum Fidelity’s 15 year anniversary, then performing with Patricia Nicholson Parker and more for the Invocation of Vision Festival 17 on MONDAY, JUNE 11th. Get more information on the performance section of the FV site, or go here to purchase tickets and more. Hope to see you out there!

In other news…I’ve been doing a lot of private teaching and giving many workshops in the past few months.  I’ve been running 2-3 workshops a week and its been a fantastic learning experience and a joy.  I’m running an Everyone Can Sing workshop on Wednesdays and a more advance Jazz Vocal Workshop every other Thursday through the New York Jazz Workshop.  Check out their website here to learn more.

Looking forward to seeing you out this month but if we don’t run into each other, have a great summer!  Lots of news coming for the Fall and beyond….

In Music,

Fay

Year-END Kudos For the FreeSong Suite!!

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Dear Friends,

It’s with deep gratitude and a little shock that I share with you the great news of the Fay Victor Ensemble’s The FreeSong Suite making NINE year end lists as of this writing! This all-original program of songs, improvisation and the spaces between seems to have hit a chord in the big, big world out there and I just want to say A Big Thank YOU!

Here’s where we are:

>>The Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll 2009 – 4th in the Best Vocalist Category

>>Jason Crane’s Top 10 of 2009 – The FreeSong Suite was Jason’s TOP Pick for the Year

>>NPR Jazz: 10 Great Moments from Jazz Recordings in 2009

>>PopMatters.com: The Best Jazz of 2009

>>AllAboutJazz-NewYork’s Best of 2009 – Best Vocal Releases/January 2010 Issue

>>Elzy Kolb: A Few Of My Favorite Things 2009

>>Laurence Donohue-Greene’s Top 10+ of 2009

>>CKUT Jazz Director’s Top 20 list

>>Délire Actuel 2009 Demanding Music Top 30