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Fay Victor/Tyshawn Sorey

Fay Victor/Tyshawn Sorey

Courtesy the Artist; John Rogers

Fay Victor/Tyshawn Sorey 

When: Sat., Jan. 23, 8:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $20, $15 in advance
This show has been postponed due to severe weather. New York vocalist Fay Victor owns a voice that at times recalls the dense, creamy sound of innovators like Jeanne Lee, Betty Carter, and Abbey Lincoln. On her most recent album, Absinthe & Vermouth (Greene Avenue Music)—which comprises songs she composed with her husband, Jochem van Dijk—Victor hectors with a bracing stridency, matching blow for blow the slashing electric guitar of Anders Nilsson on the rock-flavored “I’m on a Mission / Paper Cup.” She can also serve up a ballad with rare tenderness, as she does on the lovely “Crystal.” This week she presents the local debut of her duo with the remarkable, exciting percussionist and composer Tyshawn Sorey, whose electric ideas can’t be contained within either jazz or new-music genres. On his 2014 trio album Alloy (Pi)—a patient and spacious series of pieces featuring pianist Cory Smythe—Sorey exerts himself primarily as a composer, unleashing his exquisite percussive touch with subtlety and restraint. Sorey also happens to be one of the most explosive and inventive drummers in improvised music, and he’s no slouch as both a trombonist and pianist, which anyone who saw him with Roscoe Mitchell at the MCA last fall can back up. Based on the series of duets Victor has posted to her Soundcloud page, her improvised interactions with Sorey are unsurprisingly open, highlighting a quicksilver response and a veritable catalog of techniques, sounds, and rhythms.
— Peter Margasak

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