Victor Haskins

Victor Haskins is an international performer, visionary, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, sound artist, composer, arranger, bandleader, interdisciplinary collaborator, and educator.

Victor’s main performing projects are “Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures” and “Victor Haskins’ Skein”. Moving Sound Pictures is an innovative, one-man-band where Victor extemporaneously improvises intricate, interactive soundscapes and spontaneous compositions. Elements of existing artistic traditions from around the world are evoked, repurposed, and filtered through his imagination. Additionally, Victor frequently collaborates with dancers in this setting, improvising collectively across mediums to orchestrate a powerful, cinematic experience. In Victor Haskins’ Skein, Victor is joined by a live bassist and drummer to explore the possibilities of collective improvisation through the forum of compositions and arrangements he has crafted for the ensemble, delighting and intriguing audiences with intense auditory interplay. Victor is known for his masterful use of the cornet, and unique integration of sound design triggered by electronic wind instrument (EWI) in both of these projects.

Some notable highlights from Mr. Haskins’ performance career thus far include the creation of his own improvisational concept—”Melodic Improvisation”—as well as an independently-conceived music genre that is based on that concept, 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 will release his second album of original compositions—“Showing Up”—in February of 2019.

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“As trumpeter, Haskins possesses marvelous chops, great technical ability, savvy horn-sense and a flowing ease of execution that allows him to explore exciting, rhythmically unique improvised lines that hint of Woody Shaw. His trumpet sound is full, resonant and highly attractive across the range of horn (”Morning”). Haskins' improvised lines are filled with “flow-juice” and they spark rhythmic nuggets which he quickly and effectively develops.”

-Nicholas Mondello (All About Jazz)

“A third festival venue was introduced this year, with the MeadWestvaco Stage promising straight-ahead jazz acts

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Primary Instrument

Cornet

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Director, In-School Jazz Ensembles for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, January 2014-present • Created program content • Leads band into schools and exposes/introduces kids to jazz/improvised music through performance, demonstration, and interactive activities Special Guest/Faculty, Izmir International Jazz Camp, July 2012 • Taught private lessons and led classes on trumpet, technique, ensemble performance, and jazz theory • Performed concerts with faculty in various locations in Izmir and Cunda Island Private Lesson Teacher, June 2011-present • Lessons taught in-person and online (via Skype) • Student ages range from 10- to 65-years-old • Topics covered: improvisation, trumpet, musicianship, composition Clinician/Speaker, 2010-present • Gives presentations on music-related topics (career, jazz, improvisation, trumpet playing, ensemble playing, ImproviStory etc.) to both musician and non- musician audiences in a variety of venues and settings (partial list below): A.G. Wright Middle School George H. Moody Middle School Jazz Education Network Conference J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School Lynchburg Music Center Mountain View High School Saint Gertrude High School T. Benton Gayle Middle School TEDxLizardCreek Conservatoir Nadia et Lili Boulanger TEDxVCU Royal Academy of Music George Washington Middle School Cunningham Park Elementary The Collegiate School University of Richmond VCU Yasar University YouTube 6 Points Innovation Center

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Discography

Showing Up

Showing Up

Self Produced
2019

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The Truth

The Truth

32bar Music
2013

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