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

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!

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

scuplture

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

 

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

Happy Holidays + Very Special Last concert of 2014

Xmas 2014

Dear Friends,

Yes it’s been a moment since I’ve made a post to this here website yet as the end of the year nears I wanted to take a moment to mention just one more concert for 2014.

Before that though – I want to take a moment to say thank you, thank you for all your support for this year and every other.  I find it difficult to make creative music without knowing how it comes across. Putting my heart and soul into the music I make and knowing it communicates in a strong way makes me happier than hardly anything else.  I need to be present in my music and I thank all of the people that help show me the way.  These are times that demand strong voices.  On New Years Day of this almost gone year, my husband and I went to see 12 Years a Slave, a movie we spoke about for hours afterwards, seemingly setting the tone for how this year would unfold in this country. How racism, every present in American Society would rise back up through the blatant racist policing all across this country and highlighted in incidents in Missouri, Ohio and my own city, New York. I want my voice to be stronger than ever.

Stronger than ever as a teacher.  I’ve been teaching since the late 90’s yet the last few years something has changed. I just love it and get so much out of it.  I see the immediate benefit of my work with students.  It’s a clear and wonderful relationship and I’m running two  vocal workshops on a weekly basis, which teaches me so much about my students and myself. I’m amazed to see my students grow and this year they grew tremendously.  This time of years, many of my students are performing, old hat for some. For others, they are dipping their toe in the water for the first time. I’m tremendously proud of those vocalists that brave their souls to discover all this wonderment within them.

teaching at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
teaching at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Stronger than ever to face sadness.  2014 had a number for tough losses of friends such as trumpeter and downtown scene stalwart and musician Roy Campbell, the legendary Amiri Baraka, and most recently, another downtown legend Will Connell passed away. That news, so sudden and unexpected especially since Will was full of energy and excitement, prepping for his residency at The Stone (coming up this week and now held in his honor). He was a fierce and powerful musician carrying that fire with quiet dignity and his SOUND was something to be experienced.  Thankfully, I played with him a few times this past year for the first time after all these years.  I put together a quartet that got to play out twice and thankfully documented by Don Mount – VoiceHornsBass included Vincent Chancey on french horn and Ken Filiano on double bass along with Will playing flute, alto and bass clarinet.

This coming week, I along with a host of great musicians and poets will descend on the Stone to pay tribute Will Connell, Jr.,  our great friend of the community and of the music that will be terribly missed. We miss him already. Please check the Stone website for all the details of this week’s residency.  I’m part of the ensemble playing this Tuesday night, DECEMBER 23rd entitled World Peace, With or Without People: Music from the legacy of Horace Tapscott, set at 8 and 10pm.  I hope many of you will join us to raise our voices in tribute and celebration.

With all that’s going crazy in the world at this moment, I’m grateful for those closest to me –  friends, family and the gift of music. I wish you and yours all the best for a healthy and happy holiday season full of reflection and appreciation for what we have to be thankful for. Best wishes too for a prosperous and wondrous 2015.

Blessings,
Fay

courtesy of Jeff Evans at the 55 BAR, July 2014. l-r, Will Connell, Daniel Carter, Jochem van Dijk, Michael Attias, Jason Nazary and yours truly
courtesy of Jeff Evans at the 55 BAR, July 2014. l-r, Will Connell, Daniel Carter, Jochem van Dijk, Michael Attias, Jason Nazary and yours truly

August 2014 Happenings

Summer Greetings…

A selfie I took at the Stone
A selfie I took at the Stone

How is summer treating you? Summer is treating me fine and I survived just passing another time around the sun and celebrating 17 years of marriage to my great hubby, Jochem van Dijk,  by hibernating in a cabin in the foothills of the Catskills. I closed out July with another celebration – the two year anniversary of my residency at the 55BAR on Thursday, July 31st!  It was an amazing night of music and new collaborations.  To help me celebrate I asked a bunch of special guests to stop by including reedist Daniel Carter, Michael Attias and the great Will Connell!

The gangs all here from the 55BAR FV celebration on July 31, 2014: Will Connell, Daniel Carter, Michael Attias, Anders Nilsson, Jochem van Dijk, Ratzo Harris and Jason Nazary!
The gangs all here from the 55BAR FV celebration on July 31, 2014: Will Connell, Daniel Carter, Michael Attias, Anders Nilsson, Jochem van Dijk, Ratzo Harris and Jason Nazary!

Just as August entered, I once more had the honor to play with the wonderful multi-instrumentalist/composer Tyshawn Sorey on SUNDAY, AUGUST 3rd, closing out his week long residency at The Stone! We had an explosive set, following an intense set with vocalist Jen Shyu.  What a great night of music that was and so damn honored to be a part.  I also applaud Tyshawn for programming one hell of a week at the Stone and how cool of him to close out the run with vocalists on his final night! And the music – OMG. Here’s a fresh video below of the proceedings, courtesy of Don Mount.

Now into August, slowing down just a tad but still a few things in town if you’re around…I’ll be at The Lexington Hotel twice in August continuing the DUO series through the presentation of the New York Jazz Workshop with guitarist Anders Nilsson on TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 and with Kenny Wessel on TUESDAY, AUGUST 26 playing jazz standards.  Anders and I are back in DUO at the 55BAR this month as well on THURSDAY, AUGUST 28th, this time though as the ExPosed Blues DUO, honing our Ornette Coleman program and more favorites.  Check all the details on the GIG section of the FV website for more details.

ExPosedBlues_Weintrob
Courtesy of Michael Weintrob

Cheers to you!
Fay

 

June 2011 is BUSTING Open and Up

Hey Friends,

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
The 55BAR

FV-voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson-guitar, effects
Ken Filiano-bass, effects
Michael TA Thompson-drums,percussion
6PM-9PM
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

VOCAL FLIGHT
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Kyoko Kitamura, Jean Carla Rodea, FV – voice
Ken Filiano-bass
Tyshawn Sorey-drums
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

3PM
Contribution $10
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
10PM
FV-voice
Roy Campbell-trumpets and more
Daniel Carter-reeds and more
William Parker-bass and more
Charles Downs-drums

www.thestonenyc.com

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
5C CAFE
Avenue C and 5th St.
$10 suggested donation

8PM
Kyoko Kitamura-voice/piano
Mark Lamb-spoken words, movement
9PM
FV-voice
Ken Filiano-bass

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,
Fay

 

Percussion, Words and Movement for MAY 2011

Dear Friends,

A happy Spring to you! Here in NYC we finally have a Spring I’m delighted to say.  It was tough going for a moment but that seems to be behind us now (if I haven’t jinxed it with this post!) Anyway, I digress.  So much to share so I’ll just get to it…

I mentioned in my last post that I’d perform with The Instant Composer’s Pool Orkest in Philadelphia and that was an amazingly fun night in early April! The music felt great all around, the audience was full and seemed to enjoy it plus the Christ Church in Philadelphia is such a beautiful venue.  Some family and friends came down to take in the concert as well.  Many thanks to the ICP for having me with them during their 3 day stay at the Ars Nova Workshop and to Susanna von Canon for all the arrangements.  About a week later on Monday, APRIL 11 the Evolving Music Series moved from the Local 269 to its new home at the Celemente Soto Velez.  We had an AMAZING grand opening including a duo set with Theo Bleckmann/Jay Clayton, The Charles Gayle Forgiveness Trio and Charles Gayle conducted a large ensemble after that as well to close out the night!  Thanks to bassist Dominic Lash for performing the opening set with me to a packed house.  I closed out April with a fun set at the 55BAR playing with the Jazz Vault Project working out some new vibes for a big gig coming up this month! Getting to that shortly but before I do a BIG thank you to Jason Crane for once again asking me to be on his popular and wonderful podcast, the JazzSession.  The show aired on April 11, 2011 and is still available for download here.

What’s on for May?  Well please everybody SAVE THE DATE of MONDAY, MAY 23 2011.  On this day I am proud to take part in Frank Oteri’s amazing Series 21st Century Schizoid Music at Cornelia Street Cafe. I’ll present two groups this evening, first up will be the Jazz Vault Project and then the Fay Victor Ensemble will perform on the 2nd set.  The Jazz Vault Project will focus on compositions of Herbie Nichols for this special evening and the Fay Victor Ensemble will perform new studio bound music for our third recording. It’s a great opportunity to present two of my groups and a great opportunity for people who haven’t seen me before to get a taste of what what I do.  I do hope you can make it and please spread the word!!
The Jazz Vault Project @ 8:30PM
FV-voice
Oscar Noriega-reeds
Anders Nilsson-acoustic guitar
Jose Davila-tuba

The Fay Victor Ensemble @ 9:30
FV-voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson-electric guitar, effects
Ken Filiano-double bass, effects
Michael TA Thompson-drums, percussion

On SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011, I’ll take part in a special performance as a special guest with Percussionist Reggie Nicholson’s Percoetry project featuring Reggie Nicholson and the esteemed and legendary writer and poet, Amiri Baraka. I’m honored and humbled to share the stage with these two gentlemen. Please join us for a very different take through sounds and words in the afternoon with tea and other refreshments.  This is the LoftArt Series curated by Nioka Workman held at the TheatreLab.  And in just a couple of days – this TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011 – please join me for the premiere of a new trio with reedist Oscar Noriega and precussionist Satoshi Takeshi, we’re calling it the Cauldron Trio, checking out sounds and textures using my words and the words of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Paul Harding, and Edgar Allen Poe with a free-improv flow. We’re on at the University of the Streets featuring a moment with Matt Lavelle on alto clarinet.  We’re on the 8PM set and all performance details are in the performance section of the FV site.

KAISO STORIES(Silkheart Records, 2011), my calyps0-free jazz project with Other Dimensions in Music (who are Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, William Parker and Charles Downs) is getting some wonderful reviews and we’re celebrating the release on SUNDAY, JUNE  19th at The Stone!  More details on that coming up and check the discography page for some fresh quotes and for more insight into the project  – how it came together and more – please check out the Jason Crane’s Jazz Session podcast as mentioned earlier in this post.  You can purchase the record through the JazzLoft, InstantJazz and Silkheart Records.

Many thanks for reading.  Looking forward to sharing music with you soon…

Happy NEW 2010, Friends!

Happy New Year and Decade to You all!

First off, thanks to your support, THE FREESONG SUITE did very well after its release back in September 2009!! (See KUDO’s post for the details).

The great reaction is just astounding and I am grateful that the all-original program on THE FREESONG SUITE has resonated so strongly for some listeners.  I’m humbled and feel empowered at the same time because this record was made with so little compromise.  This IS the music we wanted to make, which in turn, makes it all the more incredulous.   I’m thankful to the fantastic group of musicians that make up the Fay Victor Ensemble: Ken Filiano, Anders Nilsson and Michael TA Thompson – a group of musicians into sparring in a democratic way.  I couldn’t ask for more than that.  For 2010…the FVE will start working on material for the next record and future dates for the group in New York City are forthcoming, yet for the most part the first half of 2010, I will be tied up with other things musical and I might add…thrilling! Starting things off with a bang later this month…

Anders Nilsson and I will release ‘BARE‘ our debut release of the ExPosed Blues Duo.  It’ll be available first as a digital download with the physical CD to come later…stay tuned for those details. There is a small licensing glitch with one of the pieces – hence the delay of the release but it’ll be worked out in time….Anders and I will celebrate  the release later in the month at The Brecht Forum (Saturday, January 30th, 2010) with the great Tomas Ulrich on cello –  (actually it will be a double bill with the amazing Kyoko Kitamura and dancer Mark Lamb) and in March as part of the Evolving Voice Vocal Series.

Before that on Thursday, January 14th, I’m at The Stone with the Jazz Vault Project for the 8:00PM Set.  With Michael Attias (alto + baritone saxophone), Jose Davila (tuba)  Anders Nilsson (acoustic guitar), we’ve  been playing out more recently and getting the music together…plus we’ve added new Herbie Nichols pieces to the repertoire. And how great of Matana Roberst to include us when she was booking the Stone. Also, I’m happy to be included in a fantastic project of alto saxophonist Darius Jones (who just took 2nd place as Best Debut in the Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll!) at Roulette on Wednesday, January 27th.

I’ll start rehearsal for a film appearance taking place in February 2010 before heading off to Russia to tour with Tenor Saxophonist Oleg Kireyev in Moscow and beyond. In March 2010, I’ll be gearing up for a major opera project with Anthony Braxton of which I am honored to be a part of!  In April,  Anders Nilsson and I head to Chicago to play the Velvet Lounge and more. May 2010 finds me participating in an absolute dream come true for me – I will be touring in the Netherlands and Germany with the Instant Composers Pool (ICP), one of the most important and influential bands for my whole musical aesthetic. To make the occasion that much sweeter, one of the performances with ICP will take place as part of the MusikTriennale in Koln as a double bill with Henry Threadgill’s ZOOID.

And more…the RUCMA/Arts for Art, Inc. Evolving Voice Vocal Series will continue, now on MONDAYS (as of January 4, 2010) with the Evolving Music Series.  Very excited about the change and the Series itself.  The experience of having all these amazing vocalists take part in the Series is just incredible. I am being shown on a weekly basis how diversely beautiful vocalists can be plus hearing how expressive and unique the voice is. YES! (See the EVOLVING VOICE post for more information)

Plus there are some new sounds up on the Jazz Vault and ExPosed Blues Project respective MySpace pages.  Have a listen here on the Jazz Vault page featuring our uber-special way with “Mood Indigo” and a version of Nichol’s “The Spinning Song”  done as a duo with Michael Attias (alto sax) and myself  – live @ 55BAR in December 2009. And here, on the ExPosed Blues Project page, check out a KILLIN’ version of “Mother Earth” recorded live @ the Stone in July 2009 with Tomas Ulrich on cello.

Thank you for reading and I wish you a happy, healthy, enriching and prosperous New Year.
The Upcoming Gigs section on the home page for all the Gig details and I hope to see you at one of shows.
and finally as a not-so-great leader once said -”Seize the Moment!”

In love and music,
Fay