Summer Announcements: MoMA, Creative Improvisation Workshop and more

Dear Friends,

How is your summer going so far? Tremendously fulfilling and gloriously relaxing is my hope for you! I’m just back from Vancouver, BC (Canada) working as the Artist in Residence Workshop facilitator for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Which translated into hosting all the artist led workshops (the festival features 10 such workshops) as well as running one of my own. Incredible to have an opportunity to hear how my fellow peers go about their work and how each artist found ways to connect with the audiences that came out to these well-attended workshops to hear what we all had to say.

I gave my workshop in Vancouver on Creative Improvisation, a subject of vocal technique and development I’m more passionate than ever to teach vocalists and instrumentalists alike. Giving musicians the ability to improvise with their voices and the tangible tools to do so. As a long time improvising vocalist that figured so much of what I do on my own, having the tools to share how to open that door and go down that road feels like a new journey. The workshop in Vancouver at Tom Lee Music was live streamed! Here is it below:

Creative Improvisation


Yes teaching improvisation beyond the jazz realm is a path I’ve been moving toward more as an educator.  Spring 2017 I gave my first Creative Improvisation Course ( a 4 week – 8 hour Course) which sold out and had a great response from the students and musicians that took part. The course and the subsequent feedback was tremendous and I’ve booked a follow-up course that starts this September 19, 2017.  This is an even bigger course – a 12 hour course running for 5 weeks with another concert at the end.  In this course participants will learn, discover, explore and leave with tangible tools for improvising inside, outside, alongside songs and beyond.
12 Hour Course on Improvisation-Full Schedule
Tuesdays, September 19 & 26: 7-9PM
Wednesday October 4: 6:30-9:30PM
Tuesday, October 10: 6:30-9:30PM
Tuesday, October 17: 7-9PM
Final Concert:
SUNDAY, October 22 2017 @ 6PM
Note the flyer at the end of this post and get in touch with any questions at lessons@fayvictor.com.

Testimonials
“Fay Victor is the truth. She is a Teacher, Guide, and Mentor to so many. I took Voice Lessons with Fay for several years and when I saw she was kicking off a Creative Vocal Improvisation Workshop, I was thrilled. This was my chance to get past this fear & anxiety I have battled with for a decade or more. I also knew that Fay would provide me with the guidance and a safe space to work through those issues, while also challenging me to maximize the potential of my instrument. As I guessed, Fay took the Vocalists on a beautiful journey. One, with no rules, with the exception of one, and that was to listen. Listen to your yourself, your fellow Vocalists, and the band. Be mindful of where the music is going and where you can go along with it. My view of the possibilities of vocal expression are forever changed. I see shapes, colors, and the ability to interpret even a painting into sound on my own terms! I owe this all to Fay and recommend this Workshop, Private Lessons, and any chance to afford yourself the opportunity to work with her.” – TM

“The Creative Improvisation Workshop allowed me to step out of my mind and into the depths of  my feelings.  What I’ve learned most from the experience is that being in the moment, both still and actively listening, brought out my true artistic expression.  Fay provided a foundation for us in the form of technique and improvisational language. But, the heavy focus that I normally apply to my singing was lessened because I was trusting in the moment. As a result, the technique and language followed.  I encourage all singers to jump into the experience, step out of their norm and find their whole creative selves.  Sharing this experience with other women also added a spiritual element that is not always present in traditional jazz workshops.  I am looking forward to the next time.”JL

Finally, I mentioned that I was a part of a movie made by an amazing young artist named Martine Syms that has an exhibition at MoMA up till July 16th – which means one more week!! New Yorker Magazine gave her a lot of love this week.  Read the great piece here and go see the show before it closes.http://www.newyorker.com/culture/persons-of-interest/how-to-be-a-successful-black-woman

Thanks for reading and I’ll make a post shortly about the 55BAR Birthday Hang coming up!

Fay

February 2017 NEWS & Happenings

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Friends!

Wow – just 2 1/2 weeks into this new administration and the world seems like a distant planet. I hope landing here finds you well and adjusting to the new reality of our world with a healthy perspective. More than ever I feel a deep gratitude to be a creative person in this time. I can document and give voice to my frustrations and concerns in many ways. So performances and opportunities to interact with audiences in various communities mean everything to me and I’m making it a point to be VOCAL however I can. If you feel you have a voice, you too need to figure out how you can speak out. It is a little easier for us so let’s use it. Here’s what’s happening:

*55 BAR Residency this month features Marika Hughes (cello) and Darius Jones (alto saxophone) in OLD SONGS, NEW SKIN, a re-calibration of older compositions of ours (myself and Jochem van Dijk). It’s been a fun exploration and we’re planning to record these pieces in the near future. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017 7-9PM, 55 Christopher Street, NY, NY
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*We entered NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest! Keeping it protest and real, choosing a tune from the Fay Victor Ensemble’s first album (Cartwheels through the Cosmos -Artistshare 2007) entitled SPIN, written during the Bush Administration and how they manipulated the press into convincing the American people to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

*Here’s the latest video of my SneaKAttacK project, combining original video, music, texts and sounds with a political perspective. This one is entitled WHITE.

*Starting on February 28th, I’ll host my first CREATIVE IMPROVISATION Workshop here in New York City. It’s a 4 week course that is now sold out with very little promotion. This is exciting because I’ve felt there was a need fro vocalists to tap into other ways of improvising with their voices and I have so much to say on the subject. I’m looking forward to working with the participants and to the final concert at the end of March where we put it all together.
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January 2017 saw the 3rd anniversary of the passing of the great Roy Campbell. Roy was a fantastic musician that was loved not only for his sound but also for his support of musicians and his honesty in letting you know how your music landed on him. His passing revealed how precious that energy is within a musical community. He is still sorely missed. Here is a something we did back in 2011 called KAISO STORIES and avant jazz – calypso project and this piece is WE is WE.

Thank you for reading and remember…we who oppose this new administration are finding our footing and making our voices heard. That may be all we can do for the next 2 years but its VERY important for us all to be in that fight. At the end of the day the policies seek to help no-one but those least in need of anything. If we all remember that, we can steel our focus and work out the language to rally everyone who will suffer the long term effects of 45’s agenda.

Fay

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.