Victor Haskins Jazz ~ Creative ~ World

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Contact

Victor Haskins
10 Washington and Lee Blvd
Stafford, VA 22556
E-mail: contact@victorhaskins.com
Phone: 540-376-9553
Website: http://victorhaskins.com/

Fees

Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures concert, $1000
            + Dancer, $1500
            + 2 Dancers, $2000

Victor Haskins' Skein concert: $2,000-$3,500

Travel and accommodation expense to be determined by service and location. Discounts offered for multiple bookings/residencies.

Availability

Throughout the year

Technical

Artist can supply sound equipment, depending on venue size; for an additional fee (and depending on other factors to be discussed), artist can provide lighting.  Otherwise, proper stage lighting and outlets need to be provided by buyer.

Audience

All ages; programming can also be designed to suit specific needs if desired.

About

Victor Haskins is a visionary, world-class trumpet and electronic wind instrument (EWI) player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, and educator. Victor brings a one-of-a-kind, unique spirit and perspective to all that he does in life. This worldly approach to life is a result of growing up in a variety of diverse settings, and traveling extensively. Through music, Victor is able to synthesize his thoughts and experiences into audible emotions and sonic stories to connect with audiences.

Victor Haskins has worked directly with a diverse cross-section of masters of improvised music, including, but not limited to, Craig Handy (Herbie Hancock), Roger Lewis (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Lonnie Liston-Smith, Jason Moran, and Phil Wiggins.

Some notable highlights from Mr. Haskins’ career thus far include the creation of his own improvisational concept--Melodic Improvisation--as well as an independently conceived musical genre that is based on that concept, called ImproviStory. He released his debut album of all original compositions-- "The Truth"--on 32 Bar Records in March of 2013. In 2012, Haskins was invited as a special guest teacher and performer at the inaugural Izmir International Jazz Camp in Izmir, Turkey. He has been the Director of the Jazz Outreach program for the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts National Symphony Orchestra Education Department since its inception in 2014. Victor is currently (2016) the Adjunct Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the College of William & Mary. Haskins has also been featured at the Richmond Jazz Festival (2013-2015), Richmond’s 2nd Street Festival (2011, 2016), the Elkhart Jazz Festival (2014), the Apex Jazz Festival (2014), and the Festival of New Trumpet Music (2014). In addition, some of Victor's activities are supported by grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. 

Victor holds a Jazz Studies/Performance degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he completed the 4-year music program in only 3 years (the first and only person to ever accomplish this feat).

Victor is proud to be sponsored by Eclipse Trumpets, and Denis Wick mouthpieces. For more about Victor, visit http://victorhaskins.com/

Concerts

Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures

Moving Sound Pictures is an innovative solo project where Victor Haskins creates live-produced, spontaneously composed, epic music.  Moving Sound Pictures utilizes cornet, voice Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI), synths, live sampling, and virtuosic improvisation to transcend genre in order to present a supremely unique and wondrous experience of live orchestration and music production through the lens of storytelling.  Every performance involves a genius synthesis of elements from a myriad of different and seemingly disparate musical and cultural traditions, including (and definitely not limited to) African, Arabic, Indian, Hip Hop, Latin, Funk, European classical, Soul, Abstract, Electronica, Rock, and Blues.  It's like Victor is creating the most detailed, peculiar cinematic movie scores right before the ears and eyes of concertgoers, never to be heard again in the same way, and specifically tailored to the energy of the audience at hand (making Moving Sound Pictures equally poised to completely engage young children, more experienced music lovers, or a mixture of varying degrees of those demographics).  Between tunes (if appropriate and desired for the situation), Victor converses with the audience to offer insights into his own personal life experiences and thoughts, and the elements that are interwoven into the music, making each Moving Sound Pictures event an intimate, emotional, and unforgettable experience.

In addition (and if so desired), Victor is able to collaborate with a world-class Dancer who also improvises all of their movements to the music Victor creates, telling a visual story that perfectly compliments the musical story.  The versatility and completeness of the Moving Sound Pictures project allows for seamless integration and interaction with the Dancer, which creates a conversation between the two master improvisers; Victor’s audio improvisation influences the Dancer’s kinetic improvisation, and vice versa.  This added visual element transforms and enhances the experience for concertgoers, and has the potential to become interactive by inviting audience participation (depending on available space and other factors).

Watch Videos of Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures in action here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txQMdqUH6M8&index=1&list=PLhIuZmGtvsv3zFSCJCji8pgqYDXaz93A3&t=12s

Victor Haskins' Skein

A “skein” has two definitions:

  1. a tangled or complicated arrangement, state, or situation.
  2. a flock of wild geese or swans in flight, typically in a V-shaped formation.

The members of Victor Haskins’ Skein bring these definitions to life through the highly interactive interplay in which they engage with each other, clearly exhibiting a dynamic chemistry that concertgoers will immediately recognize and feel.  This ensemble combines enigmatic improvisational prowess with compositions handcrafted by Victor for the specific personalities of the group, resulting in an explosive and captivating experience for audience members.  The repertoire of this ensemble spans a wide range of fascinating and entertaining sonic territory—infectious rhythms, catchy melodies, and elements of cultures and traditions from around the world lace each tune the Skein plays. No musical stone is left unturned as the intensity, passion, and honesty of the group is displayed fervently with each passing moment. And although most of the group’s musical offerings consist of original material, the audience will feel right at home getting acquainted with these vivid and peculiar sounds. If the purpose of life is to gather and harness new experiences, then Victor Haskins’ Skein is perfectly poised to pleasantly permeate the hearts, minds, and souls of all whose ears remain functional and open.

Watch Videos of Victor Haskins’ Skein in action here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcJoJw4pzaU&list=PLhIuZmGtvsv1NHfgvVcpqwf52W-5gJVKH&index=1

Lecture/Demonstrations/Outreach

“Speaking of Jazz”: $1000

The mission of “Speaking of Jazz” is first and foremost to introduce children to the power and relevance of jazz music. Through performances and contextual explanations, the program seeks to illustrate that "jazz" is less of a musical genre and more of a description of how people communicate with music. Listening, improvisation, and freedom of expression are the main components that make jazz special and vital, though these concepts can be applied to other areas of life, too. Components of the presentation include directed listening, interactive performances (where audience members sing along with and be a part of the tunes played at certain times), as well as music specifically written to be relatable to young students.

Quotes from teachers who have experienced a “Speaking of Jazz” presentation:

“Mr. Haskins and his fellow musicians brought jazz alive for my students through quality performance and stimulating questions. I have never seen my students so attentive for an entire hour!”
Graciela Briceno, Music Teacher at Garrison Elementary School (Washington, D.C.)
“They gave insightful discussions, encouraged audience participation and had fun with their topics and pieces that kept the students’ interests while still maintaining the high standard of performance expectations and learning atmosphere.”
“…I highly recommend administrators, teachers and schools to put forth the effort in having these musicians come to them and share some of the musical knowledge that they are willing to give.”

Michael Utell, Band Director at Woodburn School for the Fine and Communicative Arts (Falls Church, VA)


Travel and accommodation expense to be determined by service and locationDiscounts offered for multiple bookings/residencies.

 

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