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 (the skein belonging to Victor Haskins) 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. The collective of musicians in the Skein all explore the possibilities of collective improvisation through the forum of original compositions crafted by Haskins for this specific configuration of players and personalities. Musical genre is eschewed as each successive Haskins composition unfolds to reveal detailed stories rooted in humanity and imaginative human experience, expressed through intentional vibrations. The most recent documented recording of SKEIN is on Victor’s second album--Showing Up. Showing Up reflects Victor’s developments and experiments with a group sound that combines electronic sound design and live audio processing with close-knit interaction to evoke a unique set of vibrations. These vibrations reflect the internal and interpersonal work Haskins researched, studied, and lived, and which are the impetus for performing the album which is Showing Up.
Victor Haskins is presently in the process of recording over 25 of his original works as a part of two separate, concurrent projects for the SKEIN. One project is a collection of compositions which are based on his interpretations of rhythms from the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé, which he learned via studying atabaque drumming while visiting Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; it will be called When What You Seek, Finds You. The other project draws on internal and interpersonal work and research Haskins has completed in more recent years (a continuation of the philosophical concept behind Showing Up); this album will be called Ikigai, which is a Japanese concept referring to something that gives a person a sense of purpose, a reason for living. Haskins won a grant from the CultureWorks Richmond Grant Program for the 2021-22 season to produce an album for SKEIN.