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New Sounds Including The Fictive Five, The Comet is Coming and Sylvie Courvoisier

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A wide selection of new releases this time around demonstrating the wide range of genres emerging from jazz at the moment... Playlist The Comet Is Coming “Super Zodiac" from Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery (Impulse) 00:00 The Fictive Five “Immediate Human Response (for Spike Lee)" from Anything Is Possible (Clean Feed) 05:19 Sylvie Courvoisier & Alfred Vogel “The Sense of an Ending" from Pulse (Boomslang Records) 17:24 Jørgen Mathisen's Instant Light “Mayhall's Object" from ...

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Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 2-2

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Part 1 | Part 2 Trondheim JazzfestSylvie Courvoisier Trio Trondheim, Norway May 10, 2019 Trondheim, Norway's third largest city and the country's center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology, holds a key-place in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically. The six-day Trondheim Jazzfest starts the coastal series of spring festivals along with Stavanger and Bergen. Jazzfest Trondheim has been a matter of unpredictable diversity, astonishing contrasts and opposites ...

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Sylvie Courvoisier: D'Agala

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Boldly innovative pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and her trio, on the brilliant and emotive D'Agala, interpret nine intimate and impressionistic musical tributes. Each original composition is intricately constructed around motifs inspired by the individual dedicatee and has plenty of room within it for spontaneous expression. For insitance, “Bourgeois's Spider (for Louise Bourgeois)" invokes the famous sculptures with Courvoisier's percussive pianism hovering over the band's percolating rhythms. Piano's single. hesitant notes cascade over the sidemen's darkly shimmering sonic web.

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Sylvie Courvoisier: D'Agala

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Swiss-born, NYC-based pianist Sylvie Courvoisier reconvenes the crew which waxed the wonderful Double Windsor (Tzadik, 2014) for equally rewarding results. As one of the most highly sought after improvisers on the New York scene, Courvoisier has been able to pick her collaborators from the cream, making particularly adept choices in bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Her bandmates bring to bear a wealth of experience, not only of the outside territory that Courvoisier so often prospects, but also from ...

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Sylvie Courvoisier: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you have a pigeonhole into which you would like to place pianist Sylvie Courvoisier's music, maybe stop reading right now. The Swiss-born, now twenty-year native of New York, apportions her many talents to multiple ensembles and musical styles--solo to large ensemble, chamber works, Downtown jazz, flamenco, European classical and improvisation. Needless to say, stagnant is an adjective that could never be applied to her music. D'Agala is her 11th release on Intakt and the second trio recording ...

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Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Swiss-born pianist Sylvie Courvoisier has spent close to twenty years in the states honing her distinctive approach to classically-inflected jazz improvisation. Along the way she's worked with a who's-who of leading-edge musicians, including veterans like John Zorn, Evan Parker and Ellery Eskelin, but also the younger generation of avant-gardists such as Mary Halvorson and Nate Wooley. Courvoisier draws from both her conservatory background and her work in the creative jazz world to produce music of a very broad palette. Whether ...

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Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: Double Windsor

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The piano trio is the supreme discipline in jazz. Through rich possibilities, it functions as a strong filter sifting out those few who were and are able to set new standards. What matters is how the three instrumental vertices relate to each other dynamically, harmonically and soundwise to build something coherent, in close dependency. Eventually, each shift at one vertex inevitably triggers shifts by the other two. New York pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, not excessively jazz affined in her ...

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Sylvie Courvoisier – Mark Feldman Quartet with Scott Colley and Billy Mintz: Birdies For Lulu

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Pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and violinist Mark Feldman are a dynamic duo within the neoteric strategies of modern jazz, coupled with their substantial artistic output. They intersperse classical inferences with shades of folk, avant-garde schemas, and bristling improvisational segments into the big picture. This incarnation of the quartet now features upper-echelon session bassist Scott Colley and venerable drummer Billy Mintz. Essentially, the artists enrich the avant-classical genre by cultivating an undertow framed on swing, bop and concise opuses tinted with the ...

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Sylvie Courvoisier – Mark Feldman Quartet: To Fly To Steal

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Between the membership of this quartet (Mark Feldman, Sylvie Courvoisier, Thomas Morgan, and Gerry Hemingway) embodies the twenty-first century improvising musician. All four members have recorded before and in a variety of situations of wide diversity. They bring all of the experience this implies to a program that stakes out its own territory, and from start to end, has set out a potent collective manifesto.

Drummer Gerry Hemingway has worked with Anthony Braxton's quartet in the past and it's clear ...

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Sylvie Courvoisier / Mark Feldman Quartet: To Fly To Steal

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Violinist Mark Feldman and his wife, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier eloquently morph restraint, depth and a contemporary classical touch into the progressive-jazz idiom on this 2010 release. Respectively, the musicians are ceaselessly engaged within the new music style of jazz and improvisation, having recorded for several record labels, spanning several years. No doubt, the duo's venerable artistic propensities unravel in resplendent fashion on To Fly To Steal.

The quartet manifests a self-identity during these emotively imbued works, designed with ...

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Anker / Courvoisier / Mori: Alien Huddle

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There is something palpably happening in this program of improvisation which lends it distinction. In this trio of reeds, piano, and electronics it's not by any means the latter that is what might be called the rogue element. Instead the coalescence of the music as well as its frenetic moments provide its considerable substance. There's no doubt that this is music happening in real time, but the means by which it reaches that status are veiled, enticing in their very ...

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Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: Abaton

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Sylvie Courvoisier Trio Abaton La Huit 2007

Of all absolutely modern chamber music artists, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier perhaps comes closest to imitating the pirouettes, the leaps, the twists and turns of dancers' bodies. When she plays, her hands cross over as if the bodies of dancers were intertwined. This makes the experience of the audio recording of Abaton (2003), her debut for ECM, extra special. She must surely have envisioned dancers making ...