Fay Victor - vocals, lyrics, arrangements, Achim Kaufmann - piano, Tobias Delius - ts., cl.
Herbie Nichols SUNG Fay Victor - vocals, lyrics, arrangements, Achim Kaufmann - piano, Tobias Delius - ts., cl.
Herbie Nichols SUNG Herbie Nichols SUNG is the first vocal project devoted to pianist/composer Herbie Nichols' compositions with lyrics exclusively written by bandleader/vocalist Fay Victor. The project showcases Nichols' music in a unique way rebuilding it from the ground up, using his compositions as springboards to improvisation while still honoring the compositional contours of his music. The addition of lyrics turns Nichols' knotty melodic masterpieces into stories, creating more dimensions for exploration. Fay Victor has explored Nichols music for over 15 years, playing Nichols compositions with everyone from Misha Mengelberg to Duck Baker. Victor has actively lead groups focused on Nichols compositions for close to eight years, growing the music to the current open and joyous expression. Moreover, the Caribbean roots of both Nichols' and Victor create a connection and understanding that may not have been invoked with earlier tributes and projects devoted to his music. Most important to the core of the project is the desire to expose as many listeners as possible to these great works and provide another way into the delightful musical world of Herbie Nichols.
Herbie Nichols (1919-1963) was a pianist/composer, a contemporary of Thelonious Monk and a major jazz innovator whose music has been the focal point of a small number of projects over the years by musicians such as Mary Lou Willams, Roswell Rudd, Misha Mengelberg, The ICP Orkest, The Jazz Composers Collective and Duck Baker amongst others.
Fay Victor, Leader vocalist, lyricist, composer, educator Brooklyn based Fay Victor has been hailed by the New York Times as “artistically complete” for her unique vocal approach to the blues, jazz, free improvisation and her original compositions. Starting from the jazz tradition, Victor has gone on to encompass a multi-genre approach to music, lyrics and song called “Freesong.” Victor's released eight (8) critically acclaimed recordings as a leader that's been praised in venerable media outlets such as Downbeat, JazzTimes, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, The Wire, Signal to Noise, The San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out Chicago, The Chicago Reader, The New York City Jazz Record and JazzWise (UK). Victor has performed around the world with a veritable who's-who of musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Amiri Baraka, Misha Mengelberg, William Parker, Roswell Rudd, Andrew Cyrille, Lawrence “Butch' Morris, Henry Threadgill, John Medeski, Nicole Mitchell, Marvin Sewell, Han Bennink, Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Darius Jones and Tyshawn Sorey amongst others.
Achim Kaufmann, pianist, improvisor, and composer. From 1996 to 2009, he lived in Amsterdam where he became part of that city’s internationally renowned improvised music scene. Since the early 2000s, he has been touring internationally with the trio Kaufmann/Gratkowski/de Joode, an improvising unit which has released four CDs so far, to much critical acclaim. Since moving to Berlin, he started a number of new groups including grünen (a piano trio with Christian Lillinger and Robert Landfermann which has two releases on Clean Feed), a trio with Axel Dörner and Okkyung Lee, and SKEIN (with Gratkowski, de Joode, Okkyung Lee, Richard Barrett and Tony Buck). He recently also released duo albums with long-standing collaborators Michael Moore and Thomas Heberer. Achim has been involved in a number of multi-disciplinary projects, including dance and especially poetry (with his wife, Gabriele DR Guenther). He has also been giving solo concerts regularly and is preparing multiple solo releases at the moment. Besides, he also played and/or recorded with Mark Dresser, Jim Black, Han Bennink, Paul Lovens, George Lewis, Tobias Delius, Roger Turner, Tristan Honsinger, Urs Leimgruber, John Hollenbeck, Wolter Wierbos, Fay Victor, Thomas Lehn, Mark Helias, Chris Speed, Andrea Parkins, to name only a few. Achim Kaufmann received the renowned Albert Mangelsdorff jazz award in 2015.
Tobias Delius, tenor saxophone, clarinet (1964, Oxford, GB) began playing the tenor saxophone in the Ruhrgebiet, Germany. It was in Mexico City and especially in Amsterdam that he developed his very personal style. He now lives in Berlin. Next to leading his highly acclaimed 4tet with Han Bennink, Joe Williamson & Tristan Honsinger, which has been going for more than 20 years and 4 CDs, his improvisations can be heard in a very wide variety of contexts with musicians from all over the globe. In 2013 he was comissioned to put together a new ensemble performing his compositions for the renowned Donaueschinger Musiktage. The resulting sextet is called "I Hear A Smell".