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Victoire

Brooklyn, NY         

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 Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chicago’s Millennium Park, the Cleveland Art Museum, the Southern Theater in Minnesota, New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub, the Whitney 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).


"Invitingly quirky…evocative and alluring." – The New York Times



“Every once and awhile an artist/ensemble creates a sound so vast and original that all you can say about it is that it “defies categorization,” that fail-safe phrase that more or less means open you ears, open your heart and let the music in. Victoire’s new album Cathedral City deserves such a phrase.” – New York Examiner


“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.” – NPR’s First Listen


"Both familiar and entirely foreign, the music of the Brooklyn-based band could easily be the soundtrack to your dreams-assuming you are a fever-stricken genius." – Paste Magazine


"an all-star, all-female quintet" – Time Out New York


“[Missy Mazzoli’s] distinctive sound reveals a nod to what might called traditional minimalism and another nod to rock. There’s energy and occasional grit, but, more than anything else, a beguiling subtlety and beauty.” – Baltimore Sun


“Whip smart… [Victoire’s] inventive forthcoming debut album, Cathedral City, is a cool, creepy amalgamation of main songsmith Mazzoli’s classical influences and the indie bands she adores.” – Time Out Chicago

VICTOIRE- A Thousand Tongues (Lorna Dune remix)

A Thousand Tongues (Lorna Dune remix) is the first track to be released from Victoire’s upcoming sophomore album. Missy Mazzoli’s original composition for voice, cello and electronics has been re-imagined by producer and synth wizard Lorna Dune, who weaves a vibrant tapestry of synths and beats over Mazzoli’s soaring string and clarinet lines. Pitchfork editor, Jayson Greene praises the track as “the most striking and uncanny music Victoire have ever made.”

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VICTOIRE- Cathedral City

Victoire’s debut full-length 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)”

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VICTOIRE- Like a Miracle

Cathedral City is the debut album from acclaimed chamber-rock quintet Victoire. The record features eight compositions by Victoire founder/composer/performer Missy Mazzoli as well as guest appearances from Bryce Dessner of The National, composer/bassist Florent Ghys, composer/performer William Brittelle and versatile vocalist Mellissa Hughes.

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