What’s happening —> October into November 2017

Dear friends,

Much to share with you and still recovering from a broken finger which makes typing troublesome so I’m just going to get right to it the news!

Some of you may know I have been teaching a Creative Improv II course for the last five weeks, we had our final session this past Tuesday (10/17) and this SUNDAY OCTOBER 22nd, we’re having a culminating concert, including all the vocalist participants and Christopher Forbes on piano, Jochem van Dijk on bass guitar and Michael Wimberly on drums/percussion. All of the vocalists will include their original pieces and I’m introducing a piece that I wrote for the group. This should be a fun and exciting show.  I had so much fun running this 12 hour course with a great group of vocalists. Details below…

SOUTH OXFORD SPACE
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Fay Victor presents….
CREATIVE IMPROV II FINAL CONCERT
w
Christopher Forbes on piano
Jochem v Dijk – bass guitar
Michael Wimberly on drums
+ Vocal participants
$10 suggested donations

Then next week THURSDAY OCTOBER 26, I’m back at the 55 BAR with IN PRAISE OF ORNETTE!  As per usual that’s happening from 7 to 9 p.m. and there’s no cover but a two-drink minimum.

The 55BAR
55 Christoper Street
New York, NY 10014
FV – voice, arrangements
Darius Jones – alto saxophone
Kenny Wessel – guitar
Sean Conly – double bass

with bassist/composer  of Glorious Ravage, Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner after rehearsal last week for NYC premiere. #selfie

Looking into November I’m going to be at the New Stone/The New School with Nicole Mitchell’s music on November 4th, from November 8th through the 12th, I’m going to be part of a project with dancer/choreographer Daria Fain’s mayday heyday parfait performing music composed by Darius Jones at BRIC Arts and then on November 16th I’ll be at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola as part of a tribute to to the amazing and wonderful Roswell Rudd, also very near to the release date of Embrace – an album of intimate reading of standards and near-standards with Lafayette Harris (piano) and Ken Filiano (double bass), myself on vocals and Roswell himself on trombone. More to say about this early next month!

Other recorded releasing news I’m happy to report that I’m on a beautiful project entitled Glorious Ravage, a panoramic song cycle from Bay Area composer, double bassist and friend Lisa Mezzacappa, out NOW on New World Records. Released on October 1st 2017, Glorious Ravage is a fantastic project that is much more than just a song cycle, it encompasses original films made to accompany the words and stories of female explorers from the Victorian Era. Going back to the end of September, I had a FUUNN time with the SoundNoise Trio (Sam Newsome – soprano sax, Reggie Nicholson – drums) on September 30th as part of the InGarden series for Arts for Art, Don Mount took some video of the proceedings, in two parts:

with Reggie Nicholson & Sam Newsome – the SoundNoise Trio. Photo by Jochem van Dijk

Finally here is a link to a fun improvisation with the great William Parker over my current (and mending) broken pinky bone.

And we’ve come full circle! Thank you for reading, hope to see you out there and I truly hope you are keeping sane and centered in this very strange time.

Fay

FV’s hand x-ray

September 2017 News!

Dear Friends,

Summer is winding down friends and I hope you’ve had a good one and shoot – maybe still enjoying what’s left of interesting and quirky summer!

Weather wise this summer been mild and seriously wet (I hope no one this list has friends or family that are in jeopardy in Texas or Louisiana because of Hurricane Harvey) and the political air is as toxic as it’s ever been. Still, we the people who see things differently are coming out to battle these ugly forces. Those of us making creative work are doing all we can to at the very least keep positive energy out in the world. We must keep on…

And I’m keeping on with an active Fall that includes album releases and some wonderful concerts. The gig page on the website is up to date so check it out! I’ll be back in more detail about these concerts as the time gets closer. But let me bring you up to speed on what’s coming right up!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 2017
FV with Friends!
FV/Ab Baars DUO + FV/Michael Moore/Ab Baars+ FV/Michael Moore/Wilbert De Joode/Onno Govaert
9PM
Zaal 100
De Wittenstraat 100, 1052 BA
Amsterdam, Netherlands

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 2017
Creative IMPROVISATION COURSE II
(5 weeks + Final Concert)
SOUTH OXFORD SPACE
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238
more info & sign up: lessons@fayvictor.com
Course fee: $250.00

There are still a couple spots left for the CREATIVE IMPROVISATION Course, a 12 hour course that runs for 5 weeks. Participants will learn, discover, explore and leave with tangible tools for improvising inside, outside, and alongside songs. DO get in touch if you’re interested or know someone who may be.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 2017
FV monthly Residency with!
Marty Erhlich – reeds
Marvin Sewell – guitar
Sean Conly – double bass
the 55 BAR
55 Christopher Street
7-9PM
NO Cover, 2 drink minimum

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 2017
Guest with Jeremiah Lockwood & Sway Machinery
Kol Nidre
Roulette
7pm
509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 2017
Arts for Art InGarden Series
SoundNoise Trio!
FV – voice
Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone
Reggie Nicholson – drums
First Street Green
33 E. 1st Street
NY, NY

Thanks for reading…be well, be careful and have a wonderful Fall.  See you out there!

Fay

November NEWS 2016 or let’s not fall off that cliff…

A weeping willow has the mood of myself and so many going into this Election Day. Melancholic beauty.
A weeping willow has the mood of myself and so many going into this Election Day. Melancholic beauty.

Making this post on Election Day 2016.

This may be the last post I make in a world that I know. I hope it isn’t so.

Greetings from Troy, NY where I’m appearing in a movie conceived and filmed by an amazing artist named Martine Syms. An incredible young artist you NEED to check out. The distraction is intoxicating and welcoming. Irregardless of how it goes I hope we all find a way to heal the wounds that this election has kicked up. Whatever side of the aisle you’re on, you can’t think that hatred is healing or positive. I’m wishing us all good luck for an outcome we can live with. Love, art, and music will still be here and we will need it more than ever!

Here’s what’s up this month…

MON-FRI November 7-11 2016
EMPAC
w. Martine Syms
AN EVENING WITH QUEEN WHITE
feature length film
Presenting in London, England and MOMA, NYC in 2017

SATURDAY, ​November 12 2016
IN PRAISE OF ORNETTE
Sound it Out Series at the Greenwich House
presenting an all Ornette ​Coleman ​
program with passion.
Darius Jones – alto saxophone
Kenny Wessel – electric guitar
Sean Conly – double bass
8pm
$12

​SUNDAY,​ November 13 2016
SPLINTERS AND SHARDS
Part of Marty Ehrlich’s week at the Stone
Marty Ehrlich – reeds, compositions
Angelica Sanchez​ ​- piano
Kate Gentile​ – drums
8pm​
$20
www.thestonenyc.com

SATURDAY​,​ November 19 2016
ROSWELL RUDD 81st BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Roswell Rudd – trombone
​Lafayette Harris Jr – piano
Ken Filiano – double bass
Live at the Falcon
7PM

Thanks for reading friends and see you on the other side.  Onward!

Fay

A sneak peek of the character I'm portraying this week.  Exciting project!
A sneak peek of the character I’m portraying this week. Exciting project!

October 2016 News and Views

Greetings friends,

Deep into a busy Fall season with wonderful things happening.  Here’s hoping all is wonderful in your world. And perhaps I’ll see you at one of the happenings coming up.Just a recap about September before going forward…it was chock full of exciting performances and important lessons!  Recorded a beautiful project with the legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd and with trumpeter composer Wadada Leo Smith on his Oratorio for Rosa Parks, which we also performed on the FONT Festival. I also spent an incredible weekend in Montreal performing a few concerts and running a Creative Improvisation Workshop. Great audiences, a full workshop and many magical moments and many thanks to my great host Geraldine Eguiluz who made the trip North possible.

A recap of September 2016
A recap of September 2016

September ended as most months in my musical world do – at the 55 BAR in the West Village of NYC performing with saxophonist Darius Jones and cellist Marika Hughes with Old Songs, New Skin – pre-FVE compositions of mine and hubby Jochem van Dijk.  New Skins indeed.  We worked out some interesting approaches that we performed on Thursday and WOW.  Song transformation!

October details of wonderfulness coming up below:

**FRIDAY, October 7 2016
Standard Explorations

FV – voice
Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone
Aruan Ortiz – piano
Ken Filiano – double bass
2 sets. 7 and 8PM
$15 suggested donation
Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church

59 West 137th Street, NY NY

**SUNDAY, October 9 2016
 Arts for Art: InGarden Series
FV – voice
Sam Newsome – soprano sax
William Parker – double bass
See entire schedule HERE
4:45PM – ONE Set Only
at
First Street Green
An Un-Columbus Celebration
33 E. First Street, near 2nd Ave

**SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
EVIDENCE: the baldwin suite
by William Hooker
St Peter’s Church
8:00 pm.
The Saint Peter’s Church
Lexington Av and 53rd St, New York, NY –
Admission : $20.00
seniors and students $12.00

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**SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23
w/Jd Walter at SMALL’s
The Cutting Sessions
www.smallslive.com
183 West 10th Street
New York City, New York
10014 USA

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27
the 55 BAR RESIDENCY:
w Lisa Mezzacappa (double bass) & Michael Attias ( reeds)
7-9PM
www.55bar.com
No Cover, 2 drink Minimum

This Autumn in New York is almost perfect weather wise.  The bombing in the middle of September rattled but didn’t shake us New Yorkers.  Barely anyone has mentioned it since.  Once of the things I love about living here.  We live with too many different beautiful people to know that you can’t generalize about anyone.  You’ve got to take people as they come.  So we’re OK. But my antennae is up. We’re one month shy of electing a new President to this nation.  I want to ask you all to vote.  This election more than ever, this maybe one of the most important elections ever. Make your voices heard.  Thank you for reading.

Fay

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September 2016 and more. Happy Autumn!

Greetings to you all,

Summer is just about over as the Autumn season beckons, in fact it’s already begun. Folks headed back to school are already there and the warm weather in NYC can’t change the angle of the new light, how it sets on the horizon. How the hues are changing as the earth’s axis starts to pivot away from the sun on our hemisphere. I see it in the news cycle. A presidential election is also on horizon…long a-coming. Feels this world may be transformed by the result. As I write this the night before the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in my city, I cant help but think how that fateful day and loss of dear life planted the seeds for where we are now. Now feels like another fateful moment, period, era. I’m slightly anxious yet hopeful that we’ll wake up on the first Wednesday in November breathing a sigh of relief. A collective sigh..

roswell-recording

So as this season unfolds, I want to share with you the amazing projects and shows I’m honored to be a part of. In fact I’ve already dove into the season working 3 days right at the beginning of this month on a new project with the great trombonist Roswell Rudd. We spent 2 days in the studio with a day off in between up near the beginnings of the Catskill Mountains. It was a beautiful and powerful few days connecting with Roswell, bassist Ken Filiano and pianist Lafayette Harris, Jr. The air, good country walks and long meals and conversations added that extra magic to the music we laid down. This is also my first album performing standards in about 15 years. So I’m very excited for everyone to hear it when it’s released in 2017 on Rare Noise records. Now back in NYC, I start off my performing schedule doing a jazz brunch this SUNDAY, September 11, 2016. I do these so rare and only at the North Square. Maybe see you there or any of the other options this season.  Looking forward and thanks for reading.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
North Square
103 Waverly Pl. @ Macdougal
www.northsquareny.com
FV – voice
Kenny Wessel – guitar
Ratzo Harris – double bass
Sets:  12:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Ask to be seated in the music room
No cover or minimum

FRIDAY – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16-18 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada!
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16

Fay Victor with the Montréal Quintet
Resonance Café
featuring
Craig Pedersen/trumpet
Lori Freedman/clarinets
Guillaume Dostaler/piano
Nicolas Caloïa/contrebasse
http://www.resonancecafe.com/
5175a av. du parc
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Creative Improvising Workshop-rehearsal + Concert
Cafe Obscura
1801 Rue Latreille, Montreal
http://casaobscura.org/
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Fay Victor with Nigredo’do
la passe
1214 de la Montagne, Montreal, Canada
http://lapasse.org/
Nigredo’ ro
Geraldine Eguiluz: voix, guitare, trompette, perc
Jean René: violon alto
Rainer Wiens: kalimbas, guitare préparée
Saeed Kamjoo:kamancheh, gheychak
Stéphane Diamantakiou: contrebasse

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
I join a 12 piece ensemble of the great Wadada Leo Smith to perform on the FONT Festival
at the New School in New York City.
Premiere of Wadada Leo Smith’s Rosa Parks – Oratorio, 6 Songs with Video
performed by a 12-piece ensemble
FONT Festival of New Trumpet Music 2016
The New School – The Auditorium Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street New York, NY 10011
7:00 pm

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Old Songs, New Skin
FV – voice, compositions
Darius Jones – alto saxophone
Marika Hughes – cello
55BAR
55 Christopher Street
www.55bar.com
No Cover, 2 drink minimum

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The Rest of FALL 2016 (as of this writing)

FRI October 7>>>>>Harlem Jazz Series with Sam Newsome, Aruan Ortiz and Ken Filiano

SUN October 9>>>>>InGardens w Sam Newsome and William Parker

SAT October 15>>>>>EVIDENCE:a Baldwin Suite, a piece by William Hooker at St. Peter’s Church

SUN October 23>>>>>Duets with JD Walter at Small’s

THURS October 27>>>>>55 Bar with Lisa Mezzacappa (from the Bay Area!) and more

SAT November 12>>>>>IN PRAISE OF ORNETTE at the Greenwich House

SUN November 13>>>>>w Marty Ehrlich’s trio at the Stone

SAT November 19>>>>>The Falcon in Marlboro, NY with the Roswell Rudd Quartet

THURS December 29>>>>>with Marika Hughes and Mazz Swift at the 55Bar

Mid Summer News…

Metarie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA
Metarie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA

Friends!

Here’s to hoping you are all on a beach somewhere soaking up the sunshine as you read this post…summer is still roaring on.  I am not on a beach as I write this but no complaining for me.  Summer has been a blast so far…

This past July I spent 10 days in the great city of New Orleans absorbing the heat and the music. The heat was OK to deal with there, felt good even.  Back in NYC with a heatwave that didn’t keep the good vibes down for my Annual Birthday Hang at the 55BAR on Thursday, July 28th.  Wow! The music, the musicians, the cake, the audience – everything – was incredible and soul nourishing.  Thanks to those that were there for making it so much more special! check out a sound clip below of some of the celebration.

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Snapshots of FV’s Birthday Hang at the 55BAR on July 28th. A great evening of great sounds and people.

This month I start things off with the Annual Advanced Vocal Summit for the New York Jazz Workshop.  This will be my 7th time running the SOLD OUT 4-day workshop +++ we’ll have a concert featuring all the vocalists on SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 from 5-8PM at the Lexington Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. A great opportunity to catch an  international group of vocalists on their way up and with a kickass team of Janice Friedman on piano and Kevin Hailey on double bass to accompany us all.

The rest of the month shapes up nicely as well!

>>Wednesday, AUGUST 17 2016 with Joe Morris, William Parker, Hamid Drake and Gerald Cleaver at the Stone. 10PM. !!!! Part of Joe Morris’ week long residency

>>Thursday, AUGUST 18 2016 with Tomas Fujiwara and Ben Gerstein at Manhattan Inn.  SPYing Series curated by Jamie Breezy Branch and Brandon Lopez. 11 PM

>>Thursday, AUGUST 25 2016 with Marvin Sewell and Sean Conly at the 55BAR. FV Monthly Residency. 7-9PM.  No Cover

>>Wednesday AUGUST 31 and Friday, SEPTEMBER 2 – recording with Roswell Rudd, Lafayette Harris and Ken Filiano.  Kerhonksen, NY. Rescheduled from August 3 and 6, 2016.

Thanks for reading…more goodness coming for Fall 2016.  Will make a fresh post at the end of the month. Enjoy the rest of summer!
Fay

Joe Morris and FV at the Fridman Gallery in NYC after thier DUO performance on Matana Roberts' I CALL AMERICA Exhibit on July 7, 2016
Joe Morris and FV at the Fridman Gallery in NYC after their DUO performance on Matana Roberts’ I CALL AMERICA Exhibit on July 7, 2016

 

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

 

November 2015 News

Thompkins Square Park, October 2015
Tompkins Square Park, October 2015

Friends!!

Happy November to you all! I’m hoping lots of good stuff is coming up for you as colder temps start approaching and looking forward to seeing some of you out and about. Some nice things coming up this month and I can’t wait to share…

If you’ve got folks in Baltimore, invite them to come out to the Caton Castle this coming Saturday Night (NOVEMBER 7, 2015) where I’ll be playing with some of the finest musicians on the East Coast as part of the Composers Collective featuring TK Blue of reeds, Lafayette Gilchrist on piano, Herman Burney on double bass and Eric Kennedy on drums. We’ll perform a mostly all original set of music! Check out the website here for details.

Then on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, I’m honored and proud to be part of honoring the great trombonist Roswell Rudd turn 80 years old at Le Poisson Rouge featuring a great cast of musicians including Steven Bernstein, Lafayette Harris, Beau Soleil avec Michael Doucet and more. This will be a glorious celebration of an extraordinary musician. You’ve got to come on out!

Francisco Mora Catlett's band Afro-Horn at Zinc Bar.  Sam Newsome out front!
Francisco Mora Catlett’s band Afro-Horn at Zinc Bar. Sam Newsome out front!

On WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, I’m at Weeksville Heritage Center with Sean Conly and Sam Newsome, performing for the opening of the Lost Jazz Shrines exhibit. As someone that started my career as a vocalist in Brooklyn, how awesome is that!

**No 55BAR month because of Thanksgiving but back on Christmas Eve and that lineup will be announced soon!

In other news…wonderful new Paul Kemsley Video is up of a happening a concert in October with Sam Newsome and Reggie Nicholson…check it out:

Great press links to bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa’s Song Cycle Glorious Ravage that I performed on the West Coast at end of September and the beginning of October…here.herehere….!!

“Vocalist Fay Victor (from New York) rivaled the globe-girding tessitura of Yma Sumac…” – San Francisco Classical Voice

“The music rolled, roiled, staggered, even swung, with the phenomenal voice of Fay Victor delivering lyrics and sounds with an unusual combination of soul and abstraction”…metaljazz.com

“Fay Victor is a powerhouse with a clear, precise and cutting voice, and the dynamic and textural range of any master instrumentalist. Mezzacappa describes an instant chemistry with Victor, who can easily match Mezzacappa’s wide-ranging, groovy, and sometimes frenetic, turn-on-a-dime aesthetic.” – Roger Kim Music

Learn more about Glorious Ravage…. project here

**The Gin Fizz Lounge gig for FRIDAY, November 13th has been CANCELLED. We’re working on rescheduling that and I’ll post soon about a new date.

See you out there and Happy Thanksgiving if I don’t.  Sending lots of music and good wishes your way….

Fay

Last gig in October in Brownstone Jazz - right in my neighborhood
Last gig in October in Brownstone Jazz – right in my neighborhood

April 2015 Happenings – FV Hits the Road!

Photo by Richard Koek
Photo by Richard Koek

Friends!!

Happy April!

In NYC the turn of the weather has come to us and Spring is now in the air. Just as I leave town to play some dates in Europe and later on in Turkey.  I’m excited to get out on the road with Herbie Nichols SUNG – playing four dates in Holland, Belgium and Germany.  Playing his music with pianist Achim Kaufmann and reedist Tobias Delius is a delight since both musicians know Nichols’ music inside and out and we’ve played once before as a group in 2013 for a buoyant crowd in Berlin, Germany.  It was a great night I still think about so getting a chance to dig in even deeper feels like a great gift I’m looking forward to cashing in on! More importantly, the opportunity to perform Nichols music and expose more audiences to his amazing compositions makes me so very happy. Come catch us!  Here’s where we’ll be…specifics in the GIG section of the site.

Herbie Nichols SUNG
Fay Victor – voice, lyrics
Achim Kaufmann – piano
Tobias Delius – tenor saxophone, clarinet

April 9
The Maarten Luther Kerk
Amsterdam the Netherlands
8:00PM
ONE Set

April 10
De Singer
Rijkevorsel, Belgium
8:00PM
Two Sets

April 11
Salon de Jazz
Koln, Germany
8:30PM
Two Sets

April 12th
Novilla
Berlin, Germany
4:00PM
Two Sets

Achim Kaufmann (p), Ratzo Harris (b) and FV.  Herbie Nichols SUNG @ I-BEAM.  Photo by Peter Gannushkin/Downtownmusic.net
Achim Kaufmann (p), Ratzo Harris (b) and FV. Herbie Nichols SUNG @ I-BEAM. Photo by Peter Gannushkin/Downtownmusic.net

After a few days off in Berlin, I’ll head to Bern, Switzerland to teach a day of masterclasses at the Bern University of the Arts! Looking forward to teaching a wonderful group of students on confidence building with their voices and more.  Then its off to Istanbul, Turkey for a week of masterclasses with the New York Workshop team with Marco Chelo and Marc Mommaas at the helm. We’ll also play at the famed club Nardis in Istanbul on THURSDAY, APRIL 23rd! The New York Jazz Workshop was there last June and it was a joy – not only to teach these incredibly talented and brilliant students – but to also taken all that is beautiful about Istanbul.  We should have a blast and feel even more at home than we did last year…

See more on One Savvy Life.
Phew!

I’m back in NYC near the end of the month, just in time to make my 55BAR residency and this month, I’ve asked Aruan Ortiz on piano and Marika Hughes on cello to join me on THURSDAY, APRIL 30th for the Early Set at the 5’s playing some older originals and music from other sources.  I’ve been interacting with both of these formidable musicians in the last couple years so this will also feel like home and not just a homecoming.

Enjoy to the Spring…See you soon!

Fay

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

February 2014 – A Different World

Look to the sky...
Look to the sky…

Dear Friends,

So much has happened since my last ‘news’ post that the world even seems to be a different place.  A BIG part of the reason is the sudden loss of trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr and all the pain and beauty that wrought as well as the loss of the eminent poet, scholar, activist and force behind the Black Arts Movement Amiri Baraka.  They both left us on the same day.  At the beginning of this year I posted on FB about the losses that left us reeling at the end of 2013, having no way of knowing what was to come so early in this year. Especially in the case of Roy whom I performed with a number times and knew and whom I actually saw just a few days before his passing, my words feel strangely hollow.  Like someone at distance trying to soothe the affected.  Now I FEEL that pain deeply and saw how these transitions caused an entire community to stop, ball and shake fists at the sky because nobody understands why.

Daniel Carter - saxophone and Hamid Drake - drums play and mourn for Roy Campbell Jr.
Daniel Carter – saxophone and Hamid Drake – drums play and mourn for Roy Campbell Jr.

Through it all there is music, which is an amazing salve and catalyst to feel the pain and let it out.  I got to scream only once publicly in January at the FVE concert at Roulette (THANK you all for coming) and have been letting it out in private, creating new sounds of necessary expression to say the unsayable, the unthinkable. Yet despite the sadness and heavy feelings, I personally am glad that I can feel them and there is music to help commune with others sorrow.  We’re going to feel THIS pain for some time to come…

I’m also writing tons at the moment, especially for the piece the Fay Victor Ensemble is presenting in April 2014 as part of the Tri-centric Foundation Presenting Series.  That helps incredibly to focus and channel difficult feelings.  Isn’t music so wonderful to accommodate all the emotions that come up in our lives?

This month I’m looking forward to letting it out in public more.  Take a look at the PERFORMANCE tab on the website to check all the details for what’s going down around town this month including TWO new venues for me, the Classon Social Club, right near the Brooklyn Museum and the Lexington Hotel where my jazz hat will reign supreme as well as the ExPosed Blues DUO back at the 55BAR and a performance I’m particularly excited about and right on Valentines Day to boot – Aruan Ortiz’s Firm Roots at I-BEAM.

Be well.  Stay warm.  Make as much love and music as you can. Tomorrow may be as hard to grasp as a hummingbird in flight.

FV