Source: Atlas Studios.
Fay Victor’s Barn Songs performs on Saturday, March 14 at 8 PM at Atlas Studios, located at 11 Spring St. in Newburgh, NY. Ample onsite parking is available. Admission will be $20 in advance and $25 at the door — advance tickets are on sale now at https://fayvictor.brownpapertickets.com.
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.
Upcoming concerts as part of J@A’s 2020 season include:
April 18: Bobby Previte’s Music from the Dune Shacks — the brilliant drummer and composer Previte returns to J@A to lead his newest ensemble, a gathering of burners including Keith Pray and Marcus DeGrazia both on alto and baritone saxophones, Michael Kammers on Moog synthesizer and the leader on trap drums.
June 6: Devin Gray’s Dirigo Rataplan — another exceptional drummer/composer-led ensemble, Gray’s incisively modern quartet features some of the finest artists at work today on their respective instruments, including Gray on drums, Ellery Eskelin on tenor saxophone, Dave Ballou on trumpet and Michael Formanek returning to J@A on bass.