April 2013 News and such…

Dear Friends!

Its April and the cold snap has snapped back to what I hope is a memory for now…sun is out and warm.  I’m looking forward to some wonderful happenings coming up this month and here’s hoping all is well with you.

I’ll be on the Evolving Series this MONDAY APRIL 8TH for the 9:50 Set, but not with the Fay Victor Ensemble as previously advertised.  There was a scheduling mix-up (I apologize for any inconvenience) BUT I’m happy to present brand spanking new FV String Improv Ensemble in its place!  This should be smoking too and I apologize for mix-up.  The FVE will next play on the Red Hook Jazz Festival on June 9th, 2013. The FV String Improv Ensemble is Anders Nilsson – guitar, Tomas Ulrich – cello and Sean Conly – double bass.

Later this month, I am so honored to be a special guest on Nicole Mitchell’s new piece “When Life’s Door Opens: The Cross Roads for The TriCentric Orchestra’s debut New Commissions held at Roulette on SUNDAY, APRIL 21st.  This will be a special concert also featuring new works by violinist/composer Jason Kao Hwang and Kamala Sankaram accompanied by a crackpot 16 piece ensemble.

Rounding out the month on THURSDAY, APRIL 25,  I’ll perform Blues and Standards once again at the 55BAR!  In December 2012, I wanted to take a break from my normal projects I decided to sing some blues and standards for the holiday season at the 55BAR on my monthly gig.  Not only did we have a packed and enthusiastic house, the music was just so much fun…TOO much fun!  So I’m doing it again this month at the 55BAR with Anders Nilsson on guitar, Ratzo Harris on double bass and Jason Nazary on drums.  As always no cover…just treat the bartender right!

Continuing on the 55BAR note,  a whopping thank YOU for those of you that came out on March 28th and gave SF guests bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner a rousing NYC welcome! Great presenting the music that Lisa and I put together for our group.  The music is growing nicely and we had the 55BAR gig as well as a performance at the fantastic Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT the next day to dig into the music.  We’re working toward releasing a record with this project and there are plans to head out to the West Coast again this summer to continue the collaboration.  More, more, more on all this soon…

That’s what’s been happening and what’s up for April!  Happy Spring to you all!  Check out all performance details on the Performance section of the site, there is also lots of new clips (especially Herbie Nichols) up on the FV Soundcloud page.

Thanks for reading and happy Spring!


Chicago’s Glow + Upcoming Gigs!

Dear Friends,

How is life and Spring treating you? I’ve been rather busy working on new music, mentoring some lovely teen-aged girls and seeing family I haven’t seen in awhile.  All this, and with the warming of the weather, has me feeling positive and grateful.  Not to mention the shiny afterglow of a great 2-night stand in Chicago, IL earlier this month (APRIL 8 & 9).  Guitarist Anders Nilsson and I went there to perform pieces from BARE, our upcoming debut as the ExPosed Blues Duo and play with some special musicians based there.  TimeOut Chicago and The Chicago Reader gave great previews in their respective publications and WNUR asked us to do an on air performance as well! What a welcome…

On top of that the concerts were great, organic happenings with new musicians that felt like old friends.  Our first night at the Elastic, we played with Tim Daisy (drums) with Dave Rempis (reeds) joining us on the 2nd set.  A mostly free improvised evening of music with a few original pieces thrown in. The small wonderful turnout made us feel so welcome by listening intently and giving  strong, warm feedback after the show. We played the Velvet Lounge the next night – very different repertoire & line-up, working from the ExPosed blues bag with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm joining us for the night.  Wonderful audience again, warm and listening.  Such a great experience to play at both venues and the openness of the audience and the musicians was, well…heartwarming.  I can’t say enough about how well received I felt. There is also the gorgeous city that Chicago is.  And the weather gods were mostly on our side, so I took loads of pics and you can check some out here through this link…

I can’t wait to go back.

Yet there is no place like home and I miss playing in town. I haven’t done so since the end of last month’s hit at the 55BAR.  Luckily, there are some things coming up.  I’ll be on the EVOLVING  Voice & Music Series this coming MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010 performing the 8PM set of free improvisation and text with Oscar Noriega (reeds), Ken Filiano (bass), Simon Jermyn (guitar).  Following us will be a rare appearance of downtown stalwarts Jim Stately(trombone), Ikue Mori (laptop) with  Kyoko Kitamura (voice) for the 9PM set and Daniel Levin’s group finishing out the night at 10PM!

Checkout the complete schedule EVOLVING Music & Voice Series here.

Then next SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2010 –  I’ll perform another double bill with the wonderful vocalist Kyoko Kitamura. This will be the second double bill after the first one which took place at the Brecht Forum in January,  where both sets received standing ovations!! Kyoko will play piano and sing with dancer Mark Lamb and clarinetist Mike McGinnis doing avant-cabaret and more devilish things as A Remarkable Lollipop(for Adult consumption). Then its myself and Anders Nilsson as the ExPosed Blues Duo meeting cellist Tomas Ulrich.  Where we perform stream of consciousness blues and flow in and out of sound, words and form.  It’s electric.  It’s dynamic.  It might make you scream. Just maybe…

Check all FV show details on the PERFORMANCES section of the site and thanks for reading.

Also if you have an volcano stories, please share.  I heard a sweet one about a musician’s wife, who is a sculptor, went to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport to make sculptures with the passengers waiting in the airport.  I thought that was a loving gesture! Did the volcano detain any of you?

Will post soon as May is shaping up to be quite a month!


Fused Blues and February’s Gigs

Dear Friends,

The New Year was off to a great start until the utter devastation of the Haitian Earthquake hit Hispaniola on January 12, 2010.  Many people are so saddened and enraged by what happened and what has taken place since…I’m thinking a lot about what more I can do as obviously so many of you are  by the abundance of benefit concerts and exhibitions for this great cause. I’d love to hear more about what everyone is thinking and what can be done.

At moments like these, I tend to find solace in music and the ability to express feelings that words and perhaps tears cannot even convey.  But through music I can open a portal and letting that flow gets easier and easier.  I felt like a unique door opened this past Saturday at the Brecht Forum where I performed a double bill with the marvelous Kyoko Kitamura.  What a night we had. Kyoko had a great set with dancer Mark Lamb fusing show tunes, art song and clever originals with his movement and words…sorta like sexy cabaret meets the avant-garde.  After that cellist Tomas Ulrich met guitarist Anders Nilsson for a fused blues set and a lot of pain came out of the music and disappeared into the air.

Both sets received standing ovations from a well attended house! Thanks to all that braved to cold to come and share a very special evening with us.

A few days before I was fortunate enough to perform two of Darius Jones’ very soulful pieces at Roulette/Location One as part of Darius’ three-day residency there. A thrilling experience playing his music, pieces with great structure but room to flow and unfurl.

For February 2010,  I’ve a couple gigs in town, gently trying something new.  This coming SUNDAY, February 7th, I’ll appear as part of Lola Danza’s Think Tank Series at GoodBye Blue Monday playing an improvised set with bassist Ken Filiano and guitarist Simon Jermyn. Then on FRIDAY, February 12th, I play the 55BAR with the Jazz Vault Project.  Bassist extraordinaire Ratzo Harris will join us along with Michael Attias on alto & baritone saxophones and Anders Nilsson on guitar.

Near February’s end, I head off to Moscow for a three-day run at the Union Of Composers Club with tenor saxophonist Oleg Kireyev!  Was there last year and had a blast! I just pray it is not COLDER than it was last year…that’s a blast I can live without.  Click here for more info on the club and more.  See you out and about….or on Facebook…or on Twitter…or via email.  Preferably out though, in person, in the flesh.  Much nicer.

in music,

New York, New York – 01/30/10 – The Brecht Forum

The ExPosed Blues Duo meets Tomas Ulrich
Saturday, January 30, 2010
8:00pm - All Ages
451 West St
New York, New York 10014
Other Info
The ExPosed Blues duo meets Tomas Ulrich + Kyoko Kitamura/Mark Lamb! The Exposed Blues Duo is me on voice and Anders Nilsson on guitar. Tomas Ulrich plays cello.
Kyoko Kitamura is an amazing and expressive vocalist.
Tonight she sings and plays while dancer Mark Lamb..well..dances.
Learn more about Kyoko at www.kyokokitamura.com

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Upcoming Gigs this week…

Dear Friends…

Please join me this week for two very special performances I’m lucky to be involved in! First up, the rambunctiously focused alto saxophonist Darius Jones has three glorious days at the Roulette, starting today, MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010 with three different configurations each night.  I’m fortunate to be involved on the last night, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2010 as part of his Elizabeth-Caroline Unit.  More info on that here

Then this coming SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 I join forces with vocalist Kyoko Kitamura for 2 sets of surreal mood-defying and defining music…first Kyoko will release her inner show-tune child with dancer extraordinaire Mark Lamb then guitarist Anders Nilsson, cellist Tomas Ulrich and myself will hopefully spin yarns of darkness, light and all the nuances in between using the blues as the vehicle. and the DEETS are…

“A Remarkable Lollipop (for Adult consumption)”
KYOKO KITAMURA: voice, piano
MARK LAMB: dance
The ExPosed Blues Duo meets Tomas Ulrich

451 West St (West Side Highway)
between Bank and Bethune Streets
A Train to West 4th or 14th Streets

Finally, The FreeSong Suite was reviewed in the JAN/FEB/MAR Issue of Cadence by Jerome Wilson who called the record “an impressive integration of instrumental and vocal calisthenics…Victor’s voice is reminiscent of Betty Carter’s Siren call mixed with the go-for-broke improvising of someone like Ellen Christie.”.
Hope all is well with you and I hope to see you out and about…

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,

Gig this week and early next week!

IMGP1750Dear Friends,

Is all well with you?  I certainly hope so!  Things are great in my neck of the woods and I wanted to remind you of a couple  gigs coming up in the next week.  First up, a hit at one of my FAVE places to play in New York City and doing a program of the blues with frightening fringes for Halloween…BOO!


The ExPosed Blues Duo meets Tomas Ulrich
for Halloween Scary Tales

FV -voice
Anders Nilsson-guitar
with Tomas Ulrich-cello

55 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
7:00-9:00PM/Early Set
No Cover, 1 drink minimum

Then in November, I perform a set on the Evolving Voice Vocal Series for the first time! Performing a first time duo with bassist Adam Lane.  We’ll hit the 6:30 set but stick around for Ingrid Sertso’s Group at 8:00PM.  Info is below.


The Evolving Voice Vocal Series:
undetermined. destination.

Adam Lane-bass

@ 8:00PM
The Ingrid Sertso Group

The Local 269
269 E. Houston Street
F/V to Second Avenue

Updates, gigs and podcasts – Oh My!

FVE @ Roulette - October 1, 2009Dear Friends…

I’m writing from somewhat sunny Puerto Rico…here for a week to chill-ax and regroup after a hearty small run for the release of The FreeSong Suite in New York and Philly! We had great listening audiences and there has been so much love shown for the project along the way.  I want to send a big THANK YOU to all that came out, checked out the music and gave invaluable feedback which I LOVE.  Seems that I may be on to something here! Speaking of The FreeSong Suite, the reviews are starting to come in and on Monday, October 12th (Columbus Day) I am honored to be part of an esteemed list of guests on Jason Crane’s The Jazz Session. Jason has been an incredibly vocal advocate of the The FreeSong Suite and has already decided that its “easily on his top-10 list for 2009.”  Please checkout his site, if you don’t know it already, at www.thejazzsession.com. He’s also included The FreeSong Suite as one of five albums he’d give to a new listener of jazz…http://popdose.com/jazz-dont-hurt-five-recent-cds-for-new-listeners.  Also check out the entire conversation online at NPRJazz

The reviews are starting to roll in for The FreeSong Suite! Please check out the DISCOGRAPHY page to read more…

Finally the second half of October finds me leaving The FreeSong Suite repertoire for a couple stabs at the blues and an appearance with the poems of Golda Solomon on the Evolving Voice Vocal Series at the Local 269 (more on that soon…looking forward to sharing an update of the series in September).  Come out for the fun…


The Evolving Voice Vocal Series at the Local 269

Golda Solomon’s JazzHag Tour 2009/2010
Golda Solomon-words
Christopher Dean Sullivan – Bass
Michael TA Thompson – Drums
Joe Giardullo- Reeds
Fay Victor-vocals

@The Local 269

269 E. Houston Street @ Suffolk Street
F/V Train to 2nd Avenue

Anders Nilsson and I join forces to chant and channel the blues with free improvisation. What will happen? Who can tell?  Come be a witness.

The ExPosed Blues Duo
Anders Nilsson-guitar
8:00pm – One Set Only
$8 Cover 376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11217 F Train to 7th Avenue


Cellist Tomas Ulrich joined Anders and I at the Stone in August and it was a wailing, fiery night…we’ll add some fright for the Halloween festivities. You won’t wanna miss this…

The ExPosed Blues Duo meets Tomas Ulrich
for Halloween Scary Tales
FV -voice
Anders Nilsson-guitar
with Tomas Ulrich-cello
55 Christopher Street

7:00-9:00PM/Early Set
No Cover, 1 drink minimum

I hope to see to see you out and I hope all is well with you in your world.  Let’s meet sometime soon on the musical tip…

Upcoming Performances

A couple performances coming up…one historical and one nice and local but with an added foreign flavor.  I’ve also added a few early reviews of The FreeSong Suite which comes out next week Tuesday!   And our CD release is on October 1st at Roulette…(www.roulette.org)



A site specific work at the DIA:BEACON
“Stuyvesant Reluctant”
Pocket Oratorio for 3 voices and cello
Kyoko Kitamura
Yoon Sun Choi
Fay Victor
Tomas Ulrich


55 Bar

7:00-9:00PM/Early Set
No cover, 1 drink minimum
Twisted Standards and Free Explorations

Hilliard Greene – double bass
Dom Minasi – guitar
with special guest Oleg Kireyev – tenor & soprano sax

Save the date and please join us on…


Fay Victor Ensemble CD Release “The FreeSong Suite”
Roulette 20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand Streets)
Reservations/Tickets: 212.219.8242
Admission: $15 Harvestworks & DTW members, Students, Under 30 & Seniors: $10
Roulette members / Location One members: FREE. www.roulette.org

The ExPosed Blues Duo meets Tomas Ulrich – Wednesday, August 12, 2009


The ExPosed Blues Duo meets Tomas Ulrich

Anders Nilsson-guitar
Tomas Ulrich-cello

The Exposed Blues Duo adds cello and fire to an already simmering cauldron.
10PM Set
$10 Cover
All happening @ THE STONE
Corner of Second Street and Avenue C
F, V Train to 2nd Avenue

Hear some ExPosed Blues Duo Sounds: