Fay Victor Trio
Fay Victor Trio with Marika Hughes-cello, Darius Jones-alto sax and Fay Victor-voice, comps.
About Fay Victor “She’s essentially invented her own hybrid of song and spoken word, a scat style for today’s avant-garde.” -Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times Brooklyn, NY based sound artist/composer Fay Victor hones a unique vision for the vocalist’s role in jazz and improvised music regarding repertoire, improvisation and composition. Her ‘everything is everything’ aesthetic permeates her work in performance where a standard can lead to a free improvisation or an outburst…and back again. Victor has released 9 albums as a leader to critical acclaim as well as seminal sideperson projects with leaders such as Anthony Braxton, Roswell Rudd, Nicole Mitchell, William Parker and Marc Ribot. Victor’s most recent release as a leader is Wet Robots (ESP Disk, July 2018) with her latest group, SoundNoiseFUNK, featuring Joe Morris (guitar), Sam Newsome (sop. saxophone) & Reggie Nicholson (drums). Wet Robots has received 4.5 stars in Downbeat Magazine and placed #4 in the Jazz Vocal Category for NPR’s Jazz Critic’s Poll 2018.
Learn more about Fay Victor at www.fayvictor.com or via social media through her handle, @freesongsinger.
Brooklyn, NY (USA) based sound artist/composer Fay Victor hones a unique vision for the vocalist’s role in jazz and improvised music. Victor encompasses a distinctive vocalizing, language and performing approach with the foundation of the jazz vocal idiom, now encompassing an “everything is everything” aesthetic bringing in references that span the globe. Victor sees the vocal instrument in itself as full of possibilities of sound exploration, the voice a direct and powerful conduit for language and messages in an improvising context. All of these ideas aim to push the vocal envelope to forge greater expressive possibilities. In Victor’s 9 critically acclaimed albums as a leader one can hear the through line of expansive expression leading up to Victor’s most recent release, Wet Robots (ESP Disk, July 2018) with her SoundNoiseFUNK project (https://www.fayvictor.com/press-quotables/) that landed in the #4 slot (in a tie with Kurt Elling) on NPR’s Annual Jazz Critics Poll for 2018.
Victor’s work has been featured in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone Magazine, TimeOut New York & The Huffington Post; has worked with luminaries such as William Parker, Roswell Rudd, Nicole Mitchell, Archie Shepp, Marc Ribot & Tyshawn Sorey to name but a few; highlights of her performances include The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The Hammer Museum (LA), The Kolner Philharmonie (Germany), De Young Museum (SF), Symphony Space (NY), The Earshot Jazz Festival, The Winter Jazz Festival and the Bimhuis (Netherlands). Victor was the 2017 Herb Albert/Yaddo Fellow in Music Composition. Current releases include Nicole Mitchell’s Maroon Cloud (FPE Records, August 2018) and Marc Ribot’s Songs of Resistance (September 2018) featuring Victor as well as guests vocalists Tom Waits, Steve Earle and Meshell Ndegeocello amongst others. Victor is currently on the Faculty at the New School of Jazz & Contemporary