About 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.
Victor Haskins, music direction/cornet/EWI/voice
Randall Pharr, bass
Tony Martucci, drums
—Victor Haskins is a visionary, world-class trumpet and electronic wind instrument (EWI) player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, interdisciplinary collaborator, and educator.
Victor brings a one-of-a-kind spirit and perspective to all that he does. His worldly, empathetic, culturally astute approach to living is a result of growing up in a variety of diverse settings in Asia and Africa and traveling extensively (which continues through the present day). Through music, Haskins is able to synthesize his thoughts and experiences into audible emotions and sonic stories to connect with audiences.
—Trey L. Sorrells, a native of Portsmouth, VA, is a saxophonist and music teacher based in Washington DC. His passion for the instrument, inspiration for his powerful and soulful sound and love of music began in the church at an early age ultimately driving him to pursue music as a full time career. Sorrells, a Bachelor of Music, received his degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he concentrated solely on the jazz art form under the direction of Skip Gailes and J.C. Kuhl. While in attendance, he received numerous honors and awards including the John F. Kennedy Jr. Jazz Scholarship and had the pleasure of serving as a member of the International Jazz Exchange Program with the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa on multiple occasions. Through the Jazz Program mentorship and exposure to various jazz artists, such as Dick Oatts, Boris Koslov, Bob Mintzer, and John Abrecrombie, Trey discovered his love of the hard-bop style of jazz music which allowed him to discover his own personal sound. Trey Sorrells is a D’Addario Woodwind Artist.