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FAY VICTOR’S BARN SONGS
Fay Victor – vocals
Marika Hughes – cello
Darius Jones – alto saxophone
9 PM : Performance
10:30 PM : Discussion w/the artists
FAY VICTOR’S BARN SONGS
When Fay Victor found herself struggling to break into New York City’s jazz scene in the ‘90s, the singer and composer took a gamble on moving to Amsterdam to hone her voice and develop her improvisational instincts—a move that transformed Victor from a straight ahead jazz singer into a daring vocal improviser. Over 20 years later, Victor has revisited these Amsterdam compositions for Barn Songs, her tenth album as a bandleader. Recording alongside cellist Marika Hughes and alto saxophonist Darius Jones, the experimental project came to fruition in a tumble-down barn Hughes owns in the northern foothills of the bucolic Catskills Mountains. The trio turned the building into an organic recording compound for three days, complete with passings birds and squirrels adding naturalistic ambience to the mix. Remarkably, the songs Victor wrote while living another life in another country reveal themselves to be prescient commentary on the modern way we live today.
EXPOSURE SERIES ARTIST IN FOCUS : FAY VICTOR
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 (See PRESS here) 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 Music and runs a private teaching practice that includes courses on Creative Improvisation, Songwriting for Improvisors and private lessons for the serious vocal student and improvisor.
Exposure Series 2020 is supported by the many individual contributors to Elastic Arts who make our programming possible throughout the year. Additional support comes from The Goethe-Institut, and the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from The Illinois Arts Council and the Crane Group.