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

Glorious Ravage at Roulette – THURS OCT 12 2017

with bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner after our rehearsal yesterday for today’s show. #selfie

Dear Friends…tonight is the night. So proud of Lisa and all the great work she has done to put on this massive work. We had a great ‘skeletal’ rehearsal and I’m excited to be part of this great configuration later today. I do hope you’ll come by for this ultra-special event which was also a NYT top 10 things to do in NYC NOW!

San Francisco composer + bassist Lisa Mezzacappa presents Glorious Ravage, an immersive evening-length song cycle for a large ensemble of California improvisers with films commissioned from Bay Area experimental filmmakers. Glorious Ravage features original compositions by Mezzacappa, and takes as its inspiration the writings of female adventurers near the turn of the 20th century, who trekked to the wildest parts of the earth to discover, escape, and lose themselves.

www.gloriousravage.com www.lisamezzacappa.com
www.roulette.org

Would be great to see you there!

-fay

September 2017 News!

Dear Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fay

FV Birthday HANG at the 55BAR!

Hey Friends,  If you’re in NYC on THURSDAY, JULY 27th and you’re free please join me at the 55BAR as I celebrate my birthday (just the day before!) with what has become an annual tradition – to bring together a bunch of great musicians for a series of mini sets and free explorations.  And there will be cake.  These are always a blast and a lot of people come out so if you’re coming, come early and get a seat! Line-up and flier below.  Hope to see some of you there…
Fay

New Album OUT! ReDDeer: New York-St. Johann on Evil Rabbit Records

New York – St. Johann out NOW on Evil Rabbit Records

Friends!  A new release of original improvised music over 2 concerts is OUT with my ReDDeer Trio made of pianist Elisabeth Harnik from Austria and Dominic Lash from the UK.  We all met at the MusicOMI artist residency back in 2010 and have kept the trio going, performing when we can since then. With the release of New York-St. Johann , we’re working on more performances in the future.

Check it out and pick up a copy!
http://www.evilrabbitrecords.eu
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/reddeer

The Alchemist Kitchen and more – March 2017 News

This FRIDAY, March 10 I’ll appear at a new venue on the Lower East Side called the Alchemist Kitchen with a store of fabulous products upstairs and a cozy lounge and bar downstairs.  Joining me will be the great, great William Parker on double bass and the fantastic Sam Newsome on soprano saxophone. This will be an evening to remember and we hope you are there.

Later this month….
SUN. MARCH 26 2017
Creative Improvisation Workshop @ South Oxford Space
FINAL CONCERT
(culmination of 4-week workshop of creative vocal improvisational
ideas outside of scatting. All vocal participants will perform)
w/ Michael Attias (alto saxophone), Christopher Gordon Forbes (piano)
+ special guests
4pm  $10 Donation
138 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY

WED. MARCH 29 2017
8PM
*NICOLE MITCHELL’S Maroon Cloud @ National Sawdust
Flute player Nicole Mitchell premieres a new piece for a Stone commission.
w/ Tomeka Reid (cello) and Aruan Ortiz (piano)
https://nationalsawdust.org/event/stone-commissioning-series-nicole-mitchell/

THURS. MARCH 30 2017
7-9PM
*IN PRAISE OF ORNETTE @ the 55BAR
w/Darius Jones (alto saxophone), Kenny Wessel (guitar), Sean Conly (double bass)
www.55bar.com

Thanks for reading.  Much love to you all!
Fay

55 BAR Residency Cancelled this month

Hey Friends,
Mix-ups and snafus happen and as it happens I won’t be at the 55BAR this month on February 23rd.  I will be back on March 30th with In Praise of Ornette, a great group exploring Ornette Coleman’s music.  See you then or the month after that!
Be safe and well out there,
Fay

February 2017 NEWS & Happenings

FV with shades
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
Marika & Darius

*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

Happy New Year….

Early Spring in New York City

Greetings,

Its been a busy beginning the new year behind the scenes but I wanted to let you know what was coming up for me this month with gigs out and about. Had a wonderful first gig of the year in duo with trombonist Ben Gerstein channeling blues and strange sounds on the Arts for Art/Evolving Festival on Saturday January 7th (and continuing until Jan 22) and now about to head out to the West Coast to do a great house concert then record Bay area bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa’s glorious song cycle called Glorious Ravage for 2 days in Fantasy Studios in West Oakland, CA. Very excited to be a part of this great piece with an ensemble to die for.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017
Tom’s Place presents
Fay Victor (voice, text)
with
Lisa Mezzacappa (string bass)
Vijay Anderson (drums)
India Cooke (violin)
Tom’s Place
3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley CA
Directions: http://4-33.com/directions.html
Information: http://4-33.com/toms-place/index.html

Recording Glorious Ravage
January 14-15 2017 at Fantasy Studios
About Glorious Ravage:
Glorious Ravage is a panoramic free jazz song cycle by San Francisco Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa, that features a large ensemble of stellar California improvisers performing with films created by Bay Area moving image artists Janis Crystal Lipzin, Kathleen Quillian, Alfonso Alvarez and Konrad Steiner. The program takes as its inspiration the adventures and writings of lady explorers of the 19th century who trekked to the wildest parts of the earth, to escape, to discover, and to lose themselves.
Glorious Ravage premiered in fall 2015, in Northern and Southern California – at REDCAT as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, CA, at UC Irvine and in San Francisco at Brava Theater Center.
Learn more about this fascinating project here: https://gloriousravage.com

Then join me at the 55BAR at the end of the month for my first residency date of the year and we’re going reflective and calm with The Quiet Side with Sam Newsome on soprano sax and Ken Filiano on double bass.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 2017
The Quiet Side

FV – voice
Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone
Ken Filiano – double bass
7-9PM
No Cover, 2 drink minimum
www.55bar.com

Hope to see you out there…we need to be together and we need music more than ever. Thanks for reading, Fay

 

Happy Holidays + One Last Show!

Some Holiday cheer from my nabe in Brooklyn, NY
Some Holiday cheer from my nabe in Brooklyn, NY

Greetings and Happy Holidays to you all.

This has certainly been a trying year, yet I aim to end 2016 and move into 2017 with as much light and love I can muster.  I saw myself begin to shrink in some ways after November 8th, fearful of what may befall me and my friends, colleagues and family.  As a person of color, it’s hard not to be painfully aware that we’re in a time space of inspired separation and no matter what side of the divide you stand – less of us feels safe.

But this  h e a v y  feelings has lifted, I see random acts of kindness all around me.  I see many trying to cling firmly to their goodness, doing what they can to be a positive force.  So I wish you all the very best wishes for the season and for the future.  We can only look up and we’ll find the good way to make it through.

If you’re in New York City around the holidays and want a nice and sultry thing to do, join me for my last gig of the  year at the 55BAR!

SoloTogether HER
Mazz Swift – violin, voice, compositions
Marika Hughes – cello, voice, compositions
Fay Victor – voice, compositions
the 55BAR, 7-9PM
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29 2016
No Cover, Two Drink minimum
donations accepted

I’m always excited to play at the 5’s and this is a special occasion indeed. Best wishes to you for a safe, fun and happy holiday season if we don’t meet until 2017.  I’ll be back around the New Year to say hi!

Till then,
Fay

Taken  at the Red Poppy House in San Francisco, CA
Taken at the Red Poppy House in San Francisco, CA