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

Happy NEW YEAR…2015 BRING IT!

Happy New 2015!!
Happy New 2015!!

Friends!

Sending Love and wishes to you all for a wonderful New Year! Lots of things coming up for FV in 2015 that will unfold as the year…well..unfolds! For now, want to tell you what’s going on in the short term and again I wish you all the best!! Thanks for reading.

Here’s WHAT’S UP in January 2015

>>>>>SUNDAY, JANUARY 4th join me, Ratzo Harris and Kenny Wessel for a sumptuous Jazz Brunch at the North Square Hotel.  This trio played there for the first time last July and it was a blast! Looking forward to swing the afternoon away.  Sets at 12:30 and 2PM, Reservations highly recommended.
>>>>>SATURDAY, JANUARY 17th, I’m part of an ensemble of William Parker’s Tone Motion Theatre piece featuring some heavy hitters such as Cooper Moore, Hamid Drake and Joe McPhee in the mix. At Roulette, 8PM. $25.
>>>>>THURSDAY, JANUARY 29th, I’m back at the 55BAR with Herbie Nichols SUNG featuring Herbie Nichols wonderful compositions stretched wide open alongside Anthony Coleman (piano) and Ratzo Harris (bass). 7-9PM, NO Cover, 2 drink minimum.
>>>>>FRIDAY, JANUARY 30th, Evolving Series Special Event through Arts for Arts for #BlackLivesMatter.  FV Free Improv ensemble featuring Daniel Carter (reeds) and Reggie Nicholson (drums, percussion). Set time, TBA.

May 2015 be the year you’ve been waiting for in your wildest dreams and may all those dreams come true!  Thanks for reading.

Cheers,
Fay

February 2013 news, thoughts and views

Yup, just under the fresh heels of a winter snowstorm in New York City and since I’ve yet to step out in it, I love it to death.  Its so wonderful to look at from the distance of dry warm feet and until I have to step out into it, that’s how I’ll feel.  No winter is not my thing, but that’s no reason to move away from New York City (although it was a GREAT reason to move away from Syracuse, NY), so I’m looking forward to see it go.  Later this month I’ll step out of town but no warmer climes for me but perhaps if I’m lucky more temperate.  And then there’s the music that’s happening before I head out of town which I hope will heat things up. Before getting into what’s coming up, I’d like to give a HUGE thanks to all the folks that came out to the shows plus a small wrap up of the amazing music month that was January 2013!

The moment JANUARY 1st, 2013  landed and I woke up, I felt like a new person, like something strange had lifted and flew away. So cliche no?  Yet it is the absolute truth and boy did I need that sort of energy going into the month as I had more gigs in NYC last month that I’ve ever had since I’ve loved here ( or ever) and ended the month recording the new Fay Victor Ensemble album ABSINTHE & VERMOUTH, due for release in September 2013. I’m so proud of what guitarist Anders Nilsson and double bassist Ken Filiano contributed to the music…boy oh BOY!

January started though with the music of Herbie Nichols as I opened the IBEAM residency I had on Saturdays in January with the launch of the quintet version of the project including Rudy Roylston on drums and the great Anthony Coleman on piano along with Michael Attias on reeds and Ratzo Harris on bass.  The quintet also played a set at Cornelia Street Cafe as part of vocalist Sara Serpa’s Voice Box Festival on JANUARY 22nd.  The rest of the residency was the Fay Victor Ensemble honing the original music we’ve been playing plus brand new pieces for the recording.  It was a great time at IBEAM, a wonderful performance space in Brooklyn and as a band we grew over the three Saturdays we played there.  We filmed the music too and here’s a teaser video of what’s to come on the new record: CRYSTAL – Fay Victor Ensemble The band also played at BAM Cafe LIve, one of the best venues to pay in the city with a great crowd and a fantastic atmosphere.  Great performing there again, I saw it as a good omen that we play at BAM at this time since we also performed at the Bam Cafe Live right before recording our last CD, The FreeSong Suite in 2008.  Looking forward to sharing this music with everyone and I’ll keep you posted on events and sounds as they unravel!  January ended at the 55BAR for my monthly residency there with Herbie Nichols in trio with Razto Harris and Michael Attias.  That was so much fun and a great way to end where we began the month with Herbie Nichols.  I’ll be back at the 55BAR on March 28th with the Lisa Mezzacappa/Fay Victor TRIO!

A very important note: I was honored and humbled to be asked my William Parker to sing a piece he wrote for David S. Ware’s Memorial at St. Peter’s Church on JANUARY 7, 2013.  The evening was a pristine example of space, love, class, dignity, compassion and music with performances by Matt Schipp, Guillermo Brown, William Parker, Cooper-Moore, Joe Morris, Steve Dalachinsky, Daniel Carter, Darius Jones, Muhammed Ali and more.

Coming up this month, this TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12th, I’ll appear with the ExPosed Blues DUO and special guest Darius Jones for a set sharing the bill with Turkish guitar phenom Timucin Sahin at DROM and then I’ll appear with William Parker’s Essential Orchestra at Roulette on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16th.  Then I’m one the road, meeting family in France and heading to Berlin to work on and play Herbie Nichols with pianist Achim Kaufmann and tenor saxophonist Tobias Delius, culminating in 2 nights of concerts MARCH 1st and 2nd in Berlin.  February began with the openingof the Evolving Series and a special duo with drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey.  It was a powerful start and I trust there will be more, and soon.

Going back to January once more -it was an incredible month but a sad month as well. With the loss of Butch Morris suddenly and the recent passing of Jayne Cortez and now most recently Donald Byrd (amongst so many others), it hard not to feel that our heroes and mentors are leaving quickly, like butterflies. In the case of Butch Morris, I can say with great honor that I worked with him and learned a lot from him when I did.  I attended his conduction workshops in NYC back in February 2005, the now famous Black February and attended many of those events.  I later became part of his Chorus of Poets for about three years and I tapped into Butch’s ‘Conduction’ method at a time when I was figuring out how to improvise on my own terms and truly venture into the free. It was great to have a method of improvisation where you essentially respond to his baton and in turn that creates an orchestrated sound in its entirety, whether its with voices, strings, brass, percussion or any combination of these. It was an enlightening, sometimes frustrating experience to go through but I’m a much better improvisor because of it.  Rest in peace, Mr Morris.

Thank you for reading and many thanks for your continued support.  Let’s go out and support each other’s music. Let’s share and gather for reasons other than death or loss because in sadness and in good times – MUSIC IS THE BEST.

Fay

 

Welcome 2013!

Happy New Year Friends,

My best wishes to you and all who are dear to you to have the best year yet and I’m looking forward to get this year off and running.  2012 was an awkward year for me, I mean some amazing things went down such as playing duo with the great Misha Mengelberg, performing with the great Hamid Drake and Dave Burrell and in Montreal for the first time, my teaching practice grew, thanks to my students I became a better teacher and I solidified the next two projects I’m going to release (more on one of those releases later in this post).  But it was also a tough year, climaxed by Hurricane Sandy and the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut just as the holiday season was in full swing. So many have and are suffering so it feels good to start fresh with hope and a positive destiny.  I’m doing my best to start the year off with a bang.  Lots going on this January including a month long I-BEAM Residency, an appearance on Sara Serpa’s curated vocal festival at Cornelia Street Cafe, the FVE appears at BAMCafe and we also record our third release and follow up to 2009’s The FreeSong Suite at the close of January 2013, set for an autumn 2013 release.  Incredibly excited about that!

Here are the dates and groups for I-BEAM (also check the gig calendar):

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5th
Herbie Nichols Sung
8:30 + 9:30 PM
FV -voice, words
Michael Attias – alto + baritone sax
Anthony Coleman – piano
Ratzo Harris – bass
Rudy Roylston – drums
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12th
The Fay Victor Ensemble/Ken Filiano’s Quantum Entanglements
8:30PM
Ken Filiano’s Quantum Entanglements
Ken Filiano – bass, compositions
Michael Attias – alto & baritone saxophone
Michael TA Thompson – drums
Tom Hamilton – Electronic Soundscapes
9:30 PM
The Fay Victor Ensemble
FV -voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson – electric guitar, effects
Ken Filiano – double bass, effects
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19th
The Fay Victor Ensemble / Hot & Cold
8:30PM
The Fay Victor Ensemble
FV -voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson – electric guitar, effects
Ken Filiano – double bass, effects
9:30 PM
Hot & Cold
Anders Nilsson – guitars
Aaron Duggan – guitar
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26th
The Fay Victor Ensemble
8:30PM + 9:30PM
FV -voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson – electric guitar, effects
Ken Filiano – double bass, effects

 

Alongside this amazing opportunity is an appearance with Herbie Nichols SUNG on Sara Serpa’s curated Vocal Festival at Cornelia Street Cafe on TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013 plus the Fay Victor Ensemble performs at BAMCafe LIVE in FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013!! A wonderful place to perform and a great omen for us as it was the last gig the FVE did before going into the studio to record The FreeSong Suite back in 2008.  It feels good to have that same venue once again right before we record our next release. I end the month with Herbie Nichols SUNG once again, paired back down to a trio at the 55BAR on the last day of the first month of this new year.

Always at this time of the year, I try to reflect on all of the wonderful and gracious people I have as friends and those I come across in my travels that have been supportive of what I do and this year is no different, yet it took me a moment to feel grateful.  As I mentioned earlier in this post, seeing 2012 go felt great to me and I woke up today feeling clear and fresh in a fashion I haven’t felt in some time.  I don’t know why this feeling fills this specific day but it may have something to do with my final performance of 2012 – last week Thursday at the 55BAR. I played blues and standards with a crackpot group to a packed audience that was having a ball.  I realized later that I hadn’t felt that sort of connection with an audience in quite some time either and I want to do more about that.  Make the music I make with the focused agenda of connection no matter how abstract the music may be.  Its been a wonderful journey learning about what I do and say thanks to you all that listen.  I listen.  I feel when the music isn’t working, I trust you to tell the truth, especially in this city.  A big thank you to those who’ve been supportive, loving, caring and honest.

May 2013 be the year you go for the truth in your own lives and may you also love bigger and better than ever before.

Cheers!
Fay

Whats Happening in June 2012

Hey hey,

I’m sitting here wishing that all is well with you as I write this on a beautiful sunny Sunday.  Life over here has been strangely strange and full of music. Just the way I like it….at the end of April my longstanding group, the Fay Victor Ensemble, played again for the first time in over a year and we performed two more gigs in May.  I was so taken with these concerts and the music, grateful for the friends that came out and for new folks that stopped by and gave wonderful and important feedback on the music.  I’m amazed at the choice words people use when describing our music!  For example, someone said that listening to the FVE was like “smoking a joint with out actually smoking a joint.” On these outings we’ve been a trio and this format has opened up new avenues of exploration which we plan to check out a while longer.  See the FVE next at Cornelia Street Cafe on July 31st as part of the Voxify Vocal Series.

Last month the ExPosed Blues Duo (me + Anders Nilsson) also stepped out once more with a private hit and a public expose at Sycamore, part of a double bill w/Shayna Dulberger’s group.  Check out a new video of us here…ExPosed Blues DUO rocks Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho. We’ll play again as the closing act for the Evolving Series at Clemente Soto Velez on MONDAY, JUNE 25th, electrifying the set with the addition of electric bassist Tim Dahl, closing out the gig list for June…

Before that, join me this MONDAY, JUNE 4th for a fun hang at the 55BAR with bassist Ratzo Harris and reedist Michael Attias performing Herbie Nichols music in ways we’re sure you haven’t heard before!  We play the Early Set…Later this week I head to Montreal, Canada to perform with William Parker’s Essence of Ellington Project as part of the Suoni per il Popolo Festival in celebration for Aum Fidelity’s 15 year anniversary, then performing with Patricia Nicholson Parker and more for the Invocation of Vision Festival 17 on MONDAY, JUNE 11th. Get more information on the performance section of the FV site, or go here to purchase tickets and more. Hope to see you out there!

In other news…I’ve been doing a lot of private teaching and giving many workshops in the past few months.  I’ve been running 2-3 workshops a week and its been a fantastic learning experience and a joy.  I’m running an Everyone Can Sing workshop on Wednesdays and a more advance Jazz Vocal Workshop every other Thursday through the New York Jazz Workshop.  Check out their website here to learn more.

Looking forward to seeing you out this month but if we don’t run into each other, have a great summer!  Lots of news coming for the Fall and beyond….

In Music,

Fay

March 2012 – Pianists, Pianists, Pianists!

Spring is coming, about to swing the corner…

Greetings from rainy but warm Amsterdam, on this early day in March 2012 to tell you about the March happenings. I’m on the road, not playing in NYC until the end of April with the Fay Victor Ensemble after a sorta lengthy hiatus. I was off playing side woman for most of last year, a new role for me but one that I’ve been cherishing since I’ve learned oodles working with the likes of Anthony Braxton, William Parker and Dutch reedist Ab Baars.

Something special about this month too for, as it turns out, I’ll be collaborating primarily with pianists. All original and incredible musicians, in different configurations. A new development for me because I’ve been more attracted to guitar with so much music I do. For many years, I eschewed pianists, preferring the open-voiced sound of guitar and especially of the guitarists I’m drawn too. Yet, idiosyncratic pianists such as Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols are arguably my favorite jazz musicians.

So starting with Misha Mengelberg, that most economical of pianists, a person on the Monk/Nichols trajectory, it makes perfect sense that I’d be a fan of his. I’m a fan and perennial student and I feel incredibly lucky and blessed to not only play with Misha but that I have even gotten to know him.

I met Misha years ago when I still lived in the Netherlands, after we spoke on the phone when I was busy with looking for Nichol’s Music back in 2000, as I wanted to record “House Party Starting” (which I did with guitar no less…) and it was suggested that I call Misha about it. I was nervous when I phoned, we hadn’t met in person although I’d heard and been floored by the ICP (Instant Composers Pool), that conversation was the entree. I was so ‘professional’ when I called his home, all my questions laid out with the explanations at the ready. He dismantled that idea from the start of the conversation, me realizing that this conversation will go the way Misha wants it to go. So I better stay open and just listen, as hard as that was to do at the time. At the end of the conversation, I asked him if I could send him a copy of the record when it was done and when I did and followed up, Misha’s response to the record was “it reminded me of nothing”, which if you know Misha is about the best compliment you could get. I didn’t know then it was a compliment yet the more I grew to know Misha the more I would see it as such. Since then, we’ve done little projects/performances. I joined him the last night of his opening curation of the Stone in 2005 – where we performed the first time. Later that year, we played at the Bimhuis, him in a quintet I put together. And then for a series of concerts called the FreeSong Suite, in quartet with bassist Ernst Glerum and trombonist Wolter Weirbos, in which we began deconstructing pieces of Nichols, Monk, Ellington and my originals with free improvisation in the mix. These were wonderful, open concerts that lead up to Misha asking me to join his legendary ICP for a small European tour in 2010, I also joined them for an evening on their US tour in 2011, part of a the three day run at Ars Nova Workshop in Philadelphia where I was invited to join them for one night. So now, performing DUO with Misha is for me, a dream come true and we two are not sure where we’ll start or end in the free improv foray but that’s the beauty and the magic… We’ll play on a triple bill on March 7th at the Bimhuis that includes a solo set of Roscoe Mitchell right after ours, closing out the evening with Longrun Development of the Universe with Simon Nabatov.

Then I head to the Austrian Alps to play my first European festival with ReDDeer, a collective free improv trio of Austrian pianist Elizabeth Harnik and UK double bassist, Dominic Lash. We all met as Fellows in 2010 at the OMI International Musicians’ Residency and hit it off! Last October, the trio premiered at Korzo in NYC and many thanks to Elizabeth for her help with getting us on the wonderful festival of improvised music, ArtActs, held high in the Austrian Alps. What a line-up for the festival as well, check out all the serious people on the festival here.

Then I head to Berlin, Germany to develop a project with German pianist Achim Kaufmann of which I’ll say more of after we’ve worked it out. ))) We’ll play a house concert with Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm in Berlin before I head to Muenster to collaborate with drummer Ben Bonniger and Alexander Morsey playing tuba and bass at the Museum for the Lackkunst.

then back to Amsterdam and then home…

Please keep up with all the dates on the FV website and if you’re on FB or twitter, look for me and let’s connect. I love taking and sending pics from the road, and keeping everybody informed, I’d hate to leave you out if you want to know what’s happening.

In other news, I just completed a workshop for Creative Options for jazz inspired vocalists in Amsterdam. The venue I rented double booked us and just when I thought I may have to cancel, one of the participants offered the use of her Mom’s home if it were available and it was! The entire group went there and it was such a special workshop, so spiritual in what we could express with each other. I think the situation at the beginning immediately bonded us and when the course actually started we were already friends. A very special moment.

Makes me warm and fuzzy. Just in time for spring.

Thanks so much for reading…

Fay

What’s Happening in February 2012

Hello Friends,

Unbelievably warm greetings from New York City.

No desire to jinx the rest of the winter but we’ve been dipping in and out of a winter heatwave of sorts. I’m not too mad about it yet I actually start to miss seeing snow and can’t help but think about a warming planet that feels OK for the moment but what does this portend?

I’ll ease off thoughts of doom and gloom for now and move into sending thanks for the friends that came out to the shows last month and that stopped by the APAP/JazzTimes DIY Crash Course in early January held at the Hilton in Midtown Manhattan.  Wonderful to see so many folks in the audience the entire day taking part in the panel discussions, checking out the smaller presentations and asking lots of good questions about how to move forward in this music. Publicist Scott Menhinick of Improvised Communications and of the relatively fresh launch of the online trade journal JazzDIY was on hand as well to talk about the JazzDIY and the DIY aesthetic for the music in general.

Mid month, I had a couple shows in town, one with Other Dimensions in Music  on the Evolving Series (January 16th) and the Jazz Vault Project at the 55BAR (January 25th). I’ve also started teaching a bi-weekly Jazz Vocal workshop for the New York Jazz Workshop! A fantastic group of students to start and we’ve added a new student each new session.  The aim is turn it into a regular weekly workshop through out the Fall and Spring season so get in touch HERE if you’d like to sign up or know anyone that would.  Please reach out to me with any questions as well and while we’re at it, I’m currently taking on new private students too.  Best way to email about these matters is to lessons@fayvictor.com.  Check out the recently updated teaching page for additional information.

Coming this month…I’m playing a very special concert this coming Friday night at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, with composer’s Moon Young Ha’s Mis-en Ensemble performing an incredible beautiful piece composed by Luciano Berio called O King, written in honor of and dedicated to the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This is the first time I’ll be performing contemporary repertoire and I’m nervous and very excited at the same time.  Please check out the link HERE or on Performance section of the FV site for details about the entire program for the evening.  This concert is FREE.  Later this month, I’ll appear with Ras Moshe’s Ensemble on the Evolving Series as well right before heading out to Europe to perform and collaborate with musicians there.

Much more about this in post for March but I can’t wait to share with you all the thrilling news of doing a DUO concert with the European Jazz master Misha Mengelberg at the Bimhuis on March 7th.  Please check out a clip of Misha and myself playing Thelonious Monk’s ‘Ask Me Now’ in 2008 in Amsterdam HERE:

March will keep me busy including an appearance on the ArtActs Festival in St. Johann(Tirol), Austria featuring the collective ReDDeer trio with Austrian pianist Elisabeth Harnik and UK bassist Dominic Lash, sessions with pianist Achim Kaufmann in Berlin, a vocal workshop based in Amsterdam and more.

Finally, I’m honored to once again by chosen as the El Intruso Female Vocalist of the Year and to see so many peers and friends on the list including Anthony Braxton himself as one of the Musicians of the Year and for Mr. Braxton’s opera Trillium E! Check out all the winners HERE and many thanks to all that voted.

Here’s hoping all is well with you and since I’m writing this from not just a warm but a winning NYC,  I’m wishing you read this in winning spirits!

In music,
Fay

 

 

Happy NEW 2012 to YOU!

Happy New Year!

I’m all gangbusters for 2012! 2011 was a good year and I feel 2012 will be an even more exciting and special year.  We’ll see how it goes and as always I’ll post here to keep those of you interested in the loop. My posts will be even more concise unless the month is so special that brevity just isn’t possible (such as the November 2011 post).  So let me get right to what’s happening this month and some info about what’s to come…

On THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012, I’ll be giving a presentation of living the JazzDIY life for the JazzTimes DIY Crash Course held at The Hilton in NYC and part of the annual APAP convention.  I’ll talk about how and why I do the things that I do and I’ll also talk about the online trade journal, JazzDIY!  There’s a day filled with presentations and workshops and its free.  Check out info here  or check out the Performance Section of the FV Site for more info.

On MONDAY, JANUARY 16th, I’ll be on the EVOLVING SERIES with Other Dimensions in Music for the 10PM set and with Patricia Nicholson’s Last Call at 8;45 as part of the monthly segment, Creative Sounds of Dissension, on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25th, I’m back at the 55BAR with the Jazz Vault Project for the Early Set, swinging and opening up pieces of Herbie Nichols, Thelonious Monk and other iconoclastic jazz composers.  Speaking of Other Dimensions in Music, the record I produced and made with them, KAISO STORIES, has made a number of year end lists including being selected as one of the albums of the year by the New York City’s Jazz Gazette, the New York City jazz Record.  Please check out all the lists we made on the Discography section of the FV site.  I’m so thrilled at how KAISO STORIES was received! As I’ve said before, its a project near and dear to my heart and its also the first project I’ve produced entirely in some time.  To have this sort of reaction is just wonderful.  Thank you all for your support!

And looking to the near future – next month I’ll perform a piece by Luciano Berio called ‘O King’ with Korean composer Moon Young Ha’s Mise-en Ensemble.  I’m also going to be part of the soundtrack for a documentary film to be recorded in February(more on that soon) and the biggest news of all is that I will be doing a DUO concert with the great pianist Misha Mengelberg in March at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam as an opening to more dates European dates, Including performing at the ArtActs Festival in Austria.  And so much more…

Looking forward to see you out and about, here or abroad real soon and I’m wishing you all a healthy, happy, hearty, musical, creative, prosperous and fun year!

In music,
Fay

 

Gearing back up, August 2011

Dear Friends,

Many warm summer greetings and warmth is necessary where I am in the world as we’ve had heavy rain and cool temps for the past few days in NYC.  I don’t mind it so much as work mode is gearing back up after a few weeks of taking it slow, punctuated with a couple of gigs that came up at the 55BAR. On FRIDAY JULY 22nd the HOTTEST night of the year (it hit 107 degrees in Central Park that day), Other Dimensions in Music (w/Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, William Parker and Charles Downs) and myself performed the Late Set to a packed house! It was a BLAST, the audience was welcoming and open so the music just flowed.  Less than 10 days later, Anders Nilsson and I played the Early Set as the ExPosed Blues Duo singing/playing the blues. Always a joy to play at the 55BAR…

Next week WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24th I’ll perform my only gig this month at the wonderful 92YTribeca as part of t a triple bill entitled Denbaya feat. Emanuel Gibson, Fay Victor and Makane Kouyate.  An eclectic evening of rock, jazz and world music featuring emerging guitarist and songwriter Emanuel Gibson, myself and headlined by the enchanting world music band Denbaya, with Malian artist Makane Kouyate. I’ll perform standards with a twist, with Andrew Bemkey on piano, Dominic Lash on bass.  We’re on at 9PM but come and hang for the whole eclectic ride, should be a good time. Check info here or on the PERFORMANCE section of the FV site.

In other news, I just finished teaching a wonderfully intense 4-day Jazz Vocal workshop through the New York Jazz Workshop (learn more about them here).  It was energizing, rigorous and fun! Great students who put in the work to realize their goals and they all made progress in the direction they wanted to go in.  I realized after this workshop ended how much I loved teaching them.  Luckily, I get another opportunity on the West Coast through the Jazz School @ Berkeley on September 11, 2011 giving a Masterclass on taking the ‘Creative Option’.  The night before I’ll perform a concert at the JazzSchool with bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner.  I can’t tell you how excited I am to go to San Francisco (it will be my first time out west ever!!) I’m looking forward to meet the Vocal Director of the School, Laurie Antonioli. A wonderful vocalist herself, she is open to allowing the students that attend the JazzSchool to get exposed to myriad approaches and ideas. More info here and tell all your SF/Oakland based friends to come by.

After that the Fall heats up with me hitting the road heading the Germany and Holland, then back to perform in Anthony Braxton’s Opera Trillium J in October 2011.  Towards the end of October, there’s some gigs planned with the amazing pianist Elisabeth Harink. And much more to come and share…but for now going to enjoy the last weeks of summer.

I hope you having a summer to remember as well.

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