what’s up in July 2016

fridman galleryFriends,

Hope your summer is off to a healthy and fun start!

Keeping  it brief and here’s what’s coming up if you’re around town this July and want to check out some music.  I’m doing a few wonderful things including my annual birthday hang at the 55 BAR on July 28th 2016!

Matana Roberts & Guests: “I Call America” Art Exhibit & Concert Series
Concert series, part 2, July 2016, doors at 7:30 p.m., music from 8 p.m.
Tickets www.fridmangallery.com/#!bookstore/c1xm4, or $10 at the door.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016>>>>>>8PM
Fay Victor – voice, texts
Joe Morris – guitar

Fridman Gallery is pleased to present the first solo gallery exhibition by the renowned cross-disciplinary artist and experimental composer Matana Roberts, who spent most of 2015 in residency at the Whitney Museum of American Art, creating both visual work and musical compositions, responding to the Whitney’s new building and its inaugural exhibition, “America is Hard to See.” The residency culminated in a one-night installation and orchestral performance on December 31st, aptly titled “red, white and blues,” which questioned, in Roberts’s words, “the perplexities of what it means to be American in the twenty-first century.” It’s an honor to be included in the musical line-up which also included, Mary Halvorsen, Henry Grimes and Liberty Ellman. It’s is an incredible honor to perform duo for the first time with the formidable and incredible Joe Morris.

BARBES Residency with Jeremiah Lockwood

Jeremiah Lockwood is a wonderful guitarist and singer and bandleader that has relocated to the West Coast.  I was part of a soundtrack project he put together a few years ago and that was intense and fun.  We’ve also worked together on an Anthony Braxton Opera, Trillium J. Last year, he reached out for us to play as a duo on his yearly Barbes Residency last July and that was a hoot.  truly.  So glad he asked again and that’s happening next Saturday, July 9th at Barbes. Featuring Americana, the Blues and Gospel.

SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2016>>>>>>6PM
Fay Victor – voice
Jeremiah Lockwood – guitar
Barbes
376 Ninth Street
Brooklyn, NY  11217

THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016>>>>>>7PM
55BAR
55 Christoper StreetResidency & Birthday Celebration!!
Line up to be confirmed soon….

Here’s a small sample of last years proceedings…see you out there and thanks for reading!!

My featured piece of jewelry this week : –gold slugs by Custom Gold Grillz (see more info by following the link to their website)-

What more is there to say?
What more is there to say?

 

 

June is Jumping in 2016!

Brooklyn...
Brooklyn…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

May 2016 Musings and Shows

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May!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fay

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

March 2016 News!!

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

Greetings!

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

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

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

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

May blessings and music abound in joy like Spring,

Fay

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

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

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Leaving Cologne at the end of the Herbie Nichols SUNG tour

Happy New Year!

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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

March 2015 Happenings…It’s a Jazzy One.

Jazzin' it up.  Photo by Richard Koek.
Jazzin’ it up. Photo by Richard Koek

Happy March Friends!  The promise of Spring looms in an air of abstraction here in the NorthEastern  US yet being able to say we’re in the month of March assures warm weather fairly soon. YES!

With all that said I’m wearing my warm jazz hat quite a lot this month in wonderful musical settings starting tomorrow as part of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival where I’m invited as a special guest with DC based group Ephemera and we’ll perform a double bill with RAW of Sweden on SUNDAY, MARCH 8th at the House of Sweden in DC. on SATURDAY, MARCH 7 – I’m giving a Masterclass at the Levine School of Music in DC as well.  Very excited to perform in DC for the first time with this great group of musicians.  Later in March,  I’ll run a Masterclass much closer to home at Long Island University through the wonderful invitation of master musician himself, Sam Newsome. On the local gig front, I’m putting on another Greene Avenue Music Presents (the event in February with Tyshawn Sorey and Brandon Seabrook was a musical sensation !!!) presenting Herbie Nichols with a European aficionado of his music, Akhim Coughman and Ratzo Harris at I-BEAM in preparation for an upcoming Herbie Nichols SUNG Europe tour in April (more on that shortly), plus the 55Bar Residency this month features FV’s Blues and Standards (THURSDAY, MARCH 26th) for the Early Set with Anders Nilsson (guitar), Ratzo Harris (double bass) and Jason Nazary (drums).

If the weather itself doesn’t warm up come and wrap yourself up in some good music wherever you can find it.  The last gig with the Fay Victor Ensemble at the 55 BAR found me entering an empty bar on a cold cold night with folks from water softener reviews to set up for the gig to having it filling up with smiling and welcoming faces bringing a warmth that went straight to the heart.  Music warms from the inside out.

Thanks for reading.

Fay

FEBRUARY 2015 Happenings

Fire and Light!
Fire and Light!

Dear Friends,

Yep…winter is rolling right along here in the Northeast.  Where I am the cold, especially how erratic the temperatures rise and fall, have me loooonging for softer climes.  It’s an endurance test for me.  How long can I take this perceived injustice.  It’s a luxury problem in my case (I’m warm with shelter and proper clothing) yet still looking at the question – how much can I endure or how much can we – is a good one.

Last month, Patricia Nicholson Parker invited me to put a set together for the BlackLivesMatter Festival Arts for Arts put on in the last week of January.  My set turned out to be the closing set of the 8 day festival so I not only wanted a strong set, I needed to say something too.  I put together a little piece buoyed by words that reflect how I feel about Black lives matter and the question of endurance factors in. Check that out here…

That concert closed out January and before that I had a great time performing Herbie Nichols’ Music at the 55BAR with Ratzo Harris and Anthony Coleman, I played at the beginning of the month with Ratzo and guitarist Kenny Wessel at the North Square Lounge in the West Village, a gig that was fun, fun, fun! Taking part in William Parker’s piece at Roulette in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a major highlight highlight last month. William Parker put together an interesting melange of musicians, actors and dancers which created a colorful tapestry of sound and substance. Finally, it was wonderful once again to be nominated the best Female Vocalist as part of the annual El Intruso annual poll.  Learn more about that poll here…

BlackLivesMatter Festival
BlackLivesMatter Festival
Here’s WHAT’S UP in February 2015

>>>>>THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12th I’m part of Aruan Ortiz’s ensemble presenting a great work-in-progress called Inside a Rhythmic Falls up at Harlem Stage.  We’re on at 7:30PM with a Q+A after the performance.  I’m excited about this music + I’ll get to play with two Cuban percussionists for the first time!  7:30PM. FREE
>>>>>SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14th, The ExPosed Blues DUO, going on 8 years strong presents a set as part of guitarist Anders Nilsson‘s monthlong residency at Barbes.  The avenues we go down in the name of th blues are many some come and see which way we go on that day of love…Valentines Day. 6PM, ONE SET. $10 suggested donation
>>>>>SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21st, I’m appearing for the first time at the hippest. swankiest jazz spot in Brooklyn, Brownstone Jazz.  Nestled in the parlor floor of a Bed-Stuy brownstone this weekly jazz spot is a place to come and sit back in an intimate and soulful atmosphere.  I’ll perform stands and the blues with Lafayette Harris – piano, Eric Lemon-bass and Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax-drums.  This will be a funky good time. 8:00PM Start, 7PM Doors ope.  Entry includes Fish Fry.
>>>>>SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd, Greene Avenue Music Presents Fay Victor -Tyshawn Sorey DUO/ Fay Victor Tyshawn Sorey DUO + special guest Brandon Seabrook. Multi-instrumentalist/composer Tyshawn Sorey and I carry on our DUO explorations and invite Brandon Seabrook into the mix for the 2nd set. IBEAM, Sets 7:00 and 8:30.  $15 Suggested Donation
>>>>>THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26th, The Fay Victor Ensemble Returns! Playing the 55BAR and entering our 10th year as a group.  Come hear our bandlike cohesion mixing old and new.  I love this band.  Some of my favorite music with some of my favorite people. With Anders Nilsson – guitar and Ken Filiano – double bass. Ear;y Set, 7-9PM.  o Cover, 2 drink minimum.

The FVE - Anders Nilsson, FV, Ken Filiano.
The FVE – Anders Nilsson, FV, Ken Filiano.

Thanks so much for reading…hope to see you out at the shows!

Fay

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.

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Courtesy of Michael Weintrob

Cheers to you!
Fay

 

Summer Happenings – July 2014

Woooooo weeeeeeee!

Brooklyn SunsetI’m still calming down from an amazing and thrilling June! Some traveling, lots of teaching and playing, more performances than I’ve had in one month for a long time.  The trip to Istanbul, Turkey with the New York Jazz Workshop was a transcendent life experience.  Not only were the vocal students I had for a week wonderful and incredibly smart, they all developed in leaps and bounds within that week.  At the beginning I encountered singers so used to singing together that they blended beautifully, almost becoming one sound.  Yet I wanted each vocalist to begin to feel confident within their own individual voices.  I was so happy to hear that by the final presentation they did just that! Sounding like their beautiful individual selves and all the happier for it.  Here is a happy selfie of the students in Istanbul!

Istanbul Vocal Group Selfie
Soon after returning to NYC, I played the final day of Vision Festival 19 in duo with multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey – I’m still thinking about that set and looking forward to playing with him once more in August, closing out Tyshawn’s residency at the Stone on SUNDAY, AUGUST 3RD for the 10PM set and part of a full night of vocals with Jen Shyu playing with Tyshawn at 8PM!  Another wonderful happening in June was getting back together with former Music OMI fellows Elisabeth Harnik and Dominic Lash who came in into town to perform as part of our collective trio ReDDeer! We hadn’t played together in over 2 years, coming together playing first at the Austrian Cultural Forum and then on Andrew Drury’s Soup and Sound Series! Just before this wonderful OMI reunion (the day before in fact), I presented my first Jazz Vocal Workshop class at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.  All of the students and the serious rhythm section behind them kicked it out of the park!  I look forward to continuing to run the Jazz Vocal Workshop at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music this Fall.  I finished June with a wonderful hit on the Evolving Series with Will Connell, Vincent Chancey and Ken Filiano in a free improv foray I’ll remember for a long time to come.

by musicWitness - Jeff Schlanger at Vision Festival 19 DUO with Tyshawn Sorey
by musicWitness – Jeff Schlanger at Vision Festival 19 DUO with Tyshawn Sorey

Now July is here as is the call of summer and I’m scaling it back a bit but not too much! This coming SUNDAY, JULY 6th, I play on the North Square Lounge Brunch for the first time at the Washington Square Hotel in West Village of NYC.  This is a fabulous brunch in a cool art deco setting.  The prices are reasonable, the music is free of charge and I almost never do a jazz brunch (my first time here) so I’m looking forward to playing in this setting and having you there. Having Kenny Wessel on guitar and Ratzo Harris will surely charge up any Sunday afternoon swing! Speaking of swinging, I’m at the Lexington Hotel twice this month – playing with Ratzo Harris on TUESDAY, JULY 8 and with Anders Nilsson on TUESDAY, JULY 22nd.  I’m also excited to play for the first time at the WhyNot Jazz Cafe on the WhyNOT Experiment Series with the Fay Victor Ensemble on SUNDAY, JULY 13th curated by vocalist Andrea Wolper. Closing out the month on THURSDAY, JULY 31st celebrating my 2nd year residency at the 55BAR.  The last couple years this event coincided with my birthday but this year its almost week away – so I’ll present FV’s Blues and Standards with special guests through out the evening.  Check the GIG section of the site for all the deets…

Photo by Richard Koek
Photo by Richard Koek

For the rest I’m looking to filling in the empty spaces with relaxation and reflection, seeing friends, going to the beach and just smelling the roses.  I love being busy and active but if I’m not careful it can pull me away from myself.  Furthermore, I really need to work out a workout regimen that works for me, so I’ll be working on that! Need to get more healthy and most importantly have more energy. I wish everyone a fruitful, restful and rejuvenating summer. Follow the link below to learn more about how to give Spartagen and how much for the ones in need.

Till soon and stay cool,
Fay

Blue Mosque FountainFountain at sunset between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, Istanbul Turkey (June 2014)

*ALL photos taken by FV unless otherwise noted*

June June June June June 2014!

Between Cold Spring and Peekskill, NY
think of all the possibilities…photo taken by FV

What this month this June will be will be will be! A fun and action packed month so let me get right to it.

Starting the month off with performing at private party/fundraiser for ARTOMI featuring former formidable fellows of Music OMI with flautist Jamie Baum, pianist Ursel Schlicht and guitarist Anders Nilsson on WEDNESDAY JUNE 4 then THURSDAY, JUNE 5 the Fay Victor Ensemble (FVE) performs at The Jazz Gallery in New York City for the first time!  I, WE are so excited to play here and introduce our music to the Jazz Gallery audience.  If you’re in town, please join us for a special evening where we’ll venture through the full book nine years running. The FVE just returned from an amazing appearance on the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares Series in Western Massachusetts, playing a 2-hour long set and receiving a standing ovation after! We can’t wait to bring some of that energy this coming Thursday to the esteemed Jazz Gallery stage.

Photo by Richard Koek
The Fay Victor Ensemble. Photo by Richard Koek

A few days later I head to Istanbul, Turkey as part of the New York Jazz Workshop faculty where we’ll head up a week of workshops and masterclasses at Bognazi University in celebration of the institution turning 150 years old. Honored to say the least plus excited to go to this seriously important world city for the first time. Just as I get back, I’ll appear on Vision Festival 19 in duo with multi-instrumentalist/composer Tyshawn Sorey for the 6:00 Set on SUNDAY JUNE 15, Our first two outings as a duo was an transformational experience. I expect nothing less on this occasion.  Vision Festival 19 begins at Roulette, starting on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 specially honoring artist Jeff Schlanger and the great, great Charles Gayle.  Check out full schedule for the Vision Festival here.

On TUESDAY JUNE 17 back at the Lexington Hotel with Anders Nilsson with jazz hats firmly in place. SATURDAY, JUNE 21st happy as pie to run an improvisation workshop on the Mise-en Music Festival (Check festival details and events here…this is a very special festival dedicated to new and contemporary music composers) and WEDNESDAY JUNE 25th I’m at the Austrian Cultural Forum with Reddeer, my collective trio with Austrian pianist Elisabeth Harnik and British bassist Dominic Lash.  THURSDAY JUNE 26th back at the 55BAR with Herbie Nichols SUNG in TRIO – still coming down after a wonderful experience on the Brooklyn launch of the Sound it Out Series at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on May 15th.

Herbie Nichols SUNG on the Sound it Out Series launch in Brooklyn on May 15th. Photo by Jeff Evans
Herbie Nichols SUNG on the Sound it Out Series launch in Brooklyn on May 15th with Michael Attias, FV, Ratzo Harris and Michael Sarin (shown). Photo by Jeff Evans

As the month winds down, I’m playing in a number of configurations on Andrew Drury’s SOUP and SOUND Series including a set with Elisabeth Harnik on SATURDAY JUNE 28th. I’m closing out the month finally back on the Evolving Music Series on MONDAY JUNE 30 with a special group I put together that may never come together again called VoiceBassHorns with the great Will Connell on reeds, Vincent Chancey on french horn, Ken Filiano on bass. Should be a blast and will be the first time I’ll play with Will Connell.

In other news, I’m finishing up my first semester at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music running the Jazz Vocal Workshop and we’ll have our final performance on TUESDAY JUNE 24th on the main stage of the school. A great group of vocalists and I’m excited for them and this performance. Wow. How lucky and blessed I feel to have the opportunity to share so many sides of myself with so many of you. This year has been a wild and crazy ride; the possibilities seem endless.  May all the dreams, visions and opportunities you seek find you and take you where you need to go.  Walk in the dream of your own making.

Can’t wait to see you out there!
Fay

great crowd to great us in Greenfield, MA on May 25th as part of the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares.
great crowd to greet the FVE in Greenfield, MA on May 25th as part of the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares.