Voice as Instrument: The Fay Victor Chamber Trio Virtual Concert and Artist Q&A Set for March 25

Fay Victor
Fay Victor

The UMass Fine Arts Center proudly presents an evening with the Fay Victor Chamber Trio on Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m. ET. The streamed concert is followed by a live Q&A with Fay Victor and the audience. Tickets are $7 per household or device and can be ordered by calling the box office at 1-800-999-UMAS or 413-545-2511 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Online anytime at fineartscenter.com. This event is sponsored by the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Coca Cola.

Fay Victor(voice) is an improvising vocalist, composer, lyricist and educator riding all the chasms and seams of improvisational and conversational music. The Brooklyn, NY-based artist hones a unique vision for the vocalist’s role in jazz and improvised music. Victor encompasses a distinctive vocalizing, language and performing approach within the jazz idiom, encompassing an “everything is everything” aesthetic with references that span the globe. In Victor’s 10 critically acclaimed albums, one can hear the through-line of expansive expression leading up to Victor’s most recent release in 2019 entitled BARN SONGS (Northern Spy Records) with her Chamber Trio, featuring Darius Jones (alto saxophone) & Marika Hughes (cello).
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 and The Huffington Post. She has worked with luminaries William Parker, Roswell Rudd, Nicole Mitchell, Archie Shepp, Marc Ribot  and Tyshawn Sorey. Performance highlights include The Whitney Museum, 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 (Seattle), The Winter Jazz Festival (NY) and the Bimhuis (Netherlands). Victor was the 2017 Herb Albert/Yaddo Fellow in Music Composition and a 2018 artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts. She is on faculty at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and gives master classes, workshops and clinics on creative improvisation, songwriting for improvisers, lectures and talks, and private lessons.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst stands on traditional Nonotuck Land, and we recognize our neighboring Indigenous nations: the Nipmuc and the Wampanoag to the East, the Mohegan and Pequot to the South, the Mohican to the West, and the Abenaki to the North.  Further, we acknowledge through language courtesy of Groundwater Arts, that Youtube, the broadcast platform used for this event, is headquartered in what is now called San Bruno, CA on the traditional lands of the Ohlone and Tamyen peoples.

The UMass Fine Arts Center is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.