Mark Feldman and Sylvie Courvoisier: Music for Piano and Violin
On the new Avant release, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier joins Feldman in a series of refined duets. Performed with an attitude of sophistication, these composition-heavy duets betray influences from (and occasionally use direct references to) the European classical tradition, particularly French impressionism. Feldman's playing, crystalline but fluid, evokes an intimate chamber music aesthetic. Courvoisier covers the range from lush chordal progressions to punchy clusters to light prepared-piano tinkles, constantly evolving a florid sense of drama. While the balance of improvisation and composition on this record tilts more toward the latter than usual, it's quite a refreshing change.
Track Listing: Smoke; One Too; Too Romantisch Too; Too Speedy; La Goualante de l'Idiot; Kit; Les Tenebrides; Murmur; Luna Park; Gugging; Dog Town Road; Valse Nise; Terre d'Agala.
Personnel: Mark Feldman: violin; Sylvie Courvoisier: piano.
Record Label: Avant
Style: Modern Jazz