VICTOIRE is a family of musical misfits living in New York City, helmed by composer/keyboardist Missy Mazzoli.  This “all-star, all-female band” (Time Out New York) of voices, strings, keyboards, clarinets and electronics performs Mazzoli’s hypnotic blend of dreamy chamber pop and rich romanticism.  Their debut album Cathedral City, released on New Amsterdam Records, envelopes the listener in a tapestry of classical influences, distorted guitars, multi-layered vocals, vintage keyboard sounds and stuttering samples.  Cathedral City was named one of 2010′s best classical albums by the New York Times, Time Out New York, the New Yorker and NPR, and Pitchfork praised the group for “condensing moments of focused beauty and quiet conviction from the pandemic distractions of modern life. (7.8)” NPR’s First Listen asks “Is Victoire’s music post-rock, post-mimimalist or pseudo-post-pre-modernist indie-chamber-electronica? It doesn’t particularly matter. It’s just good music.”

In the past two years Victoire has performed all over the world, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chicago’s Millennium Park, New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub, the Whitney Museum, the Cleveland Art Museum and the Bang on a Can Marathon. In 2011 they embarked on their first European tour with The National, Efterklang and Owen Pallett, and returned to Europe last fall for a tour of Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands with My Brightest Diamond. They also recently performed in Sweden as part of the M.A.D.E. Festival and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as part of the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival, curated by Bryce and Aaron Dessner. Victoire’s recordings have been included in several films, most recently in the award-winning documentary Detropia.  Victoire is Missy Mazzoli (compositions, keyboards), Mellissa Hughes (voice), Olivia De Prato (violin), Eileen Mack (clarinet), Lorna Krier (keyboards), and Eleonore Oppenheim (double bass). 

 

 
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Debut album:

Cathedral City

 

Click here to buy it directly from New Amsterdam Records

 

Featuring special guests:

Bryce Dessner (of The National)

William Brittelle

Mellissa Hughes

Florent Ghys

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Victoire recently performed with Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche at Carnegie Hall, as part of the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival!

Baeble Music's Stephanie Orentas highly praised the show, stating that:

Mazzoli’s compositions have been nothing but excellent, powerful and thought-provoking, and Saturday night’s premiere of “Vespers for a New Dark Age” continued the stream of works by Mazzoli that leave you in awe.

 

To read the full review, click HERE