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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 presentation
-Audio-only concert, $1500
-Audio+other media (video, lighting, etc), $2500
-Audio+other media+dancer(s), $3500

Victor Haskins' Skein concert: $2,500-$4,000
Sample show offerings:
-“The Afro-Brazilian Connection: Original music based on Candomblé Rhythms” NEW
-"The original music of Victor Haskins"
-"Star Wars and Disney Classics reimagined”

Travel and accommodation expense to be determined by service and location.

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), the artist can provide lighting. Otherwise, proper stage lighting and outlets need to be provided by the presenter.

Audience

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

About

Victor Haskins is a multi-instrumentalist, multidisciplinary artist, international performer, composer, improviser, bandleader, and educator. His main performing projects are Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures and Victor Haskins’ Skein (more about these projects appear later on this page).

Some highlights from Mr. Haskins’ career thus far include the creation of an independently-conceived music genre, called ImproviStory (which later evolved into his current project, Moving Sound Pictures). He released his debut album of all original compositions—The Truth—on 32 Bar Records in March of 2013, and released his second album of original compositions—Showing Up—independently in February of 2019. Haskins' most recent project for Victor Haskins' Skein involves a series of compositions he has composed based on his interpretations of rhythms he learned while in Salvador, Bahia from the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé.

Victor has been featured at the Richmond, Elkhart, and Apex Jazz Festivals, the Richmond 2nd Street and East End Festivals, the Festival of New Trumpet Music (NYC), and the Christopher Newport University Trumpet Festival. He has performed in venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage (Washington, D.C.), the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts (Richmond, VA), the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art (Richmond, VA), Ewell Hall (Williamsburg, VA), the Jazz Gallery (NYC), iBeam (NYC), Résonance Café (Montreal, CA), Diese Onze (Montreal, CA), Snug Harbor (New Orleans, LA), the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa), Teatro SESI Rio Vermelho (Salvador, Bahia, BR), amongst others. In addition, some of Victor's activities are supported by grants from CultureWorks RVA, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment of the Arts.

As an educator, Victor serves as the Director of In-School Jazz Ensembles for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Adjunct Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the College of William & Mary, and the Director of the Jazz Ensemble at the College of William & Mary. Previously, he served on the faculty of the inaugural Izmir International Jazz Camp. Haskins has presented clinics and masterclasses at institutions including (but not limited to) the Jazz Education Network Conference, the University of Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Royal Academy of Music, Conservatoir Nadia et Lili Boulanger, the University of Richmond, TEDxVCU, and TEDxLizardCreek.

Victor Haskins has performed and/or recorded with a wide range of artists, including (but not limited to) Marc Cary, Craig Handy, Steve Kessler, Roger Lewis, Alberto Limonta Pérez, Lonnie Liston-Smith, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jason Moran, the Temptations, and Phil Wiggins.

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 music utilizing 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. Every performance involves a synthesis of elements from a myriad of disparate musical and cultural traditions, including (but not limited to) African, Arabic, Indian, Hip Hop, Latin, Funk, European classical, Soul, Abstract, Electronica, Rock, and Blues. Moving Sound Pictures can be expanded to include dancers to collectively tell stories through improvisation.

Watch videos of Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures in action:
Solo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kyH7j-RS3g
With Dancers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muB5DZb-DaI&t=1s

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 their highly interactive interplay and dynamic chemistry that concertgoers will immediately recognize and feel. The repertoire spans a wide range of fascinating and entertaining sonic territory—infectious rhythms, catchy melodies, and elements of cultures and traditions from around the world. 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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=IbSEw18N_6A&index=1&list=PLhIuZmGtvsv1NHfgvVcpqwf52W-5gJVKH

Outreach and Lecture/Demonstration
“Speaking of Jazz”: $2,000

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)

For more about Victor, visit http://victorhaskins.com/

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