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Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman: Time Gone Out

Read "Time Gone Out" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In a partnership that spans decades, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and violinist Mark Feldman have forged a musical language that essentially obliterates the idiomatic distinctions between classical composition and improvised jazz. Both are unquestioned virtuosos, with the technical ability to do virtually anything on their respective instruments, and this is critical to their ability to create music that is on the one hand deliberate and meticulously crafted and, on the other, free-spirited and adventurous. Only musicians who have worked together as ...

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

Read "New Sounds Including The Fictive Five, The Comet is Coming and Sylvie Courvoisier" reviewed by Bob Osborne

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

Read "Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 2-2" reviewed by Henning Bolte

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

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

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.

ALBUM REVIEW

Sylvie Courvoisier: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by John Sharpe

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

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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