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Sylvie Courvoisier

Composer/pianist, Sylvie Courvoisier was born and raised in Lausanne, Switzerland. She started to play piano at age of six initiated by her father, an amateur jazz pianist. She moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1998, where she currently resides. She has played and recorded with John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Tim Berne, Joey Baron, Mark Feldman, Tony Oxley, Yusef Lateef, Dave Douglas, Joëlle Léandre, Herb Robertson, Butch Morris, Tom Rainey, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Lotte Anker, Fred Frith, Michel Godard, Mark Nauseef among others. She has been commissioned to write music for concerts, radio, dance and theater. Her works include:" Concerto for electric guitar and chamber orchestra" ; "Balbutiements" for vocal quartet and soprano ;"Ocre de Barbarie", a musical performance for metronomes, automatons, barrel organ, piano, tuba, saxophone, violin and percussion. Commissions include the Vidy Theater of Lausanne, Pro Helvetia and Germany's Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival. Her debut recording "Sauvagerie Courtoise" on Unit Records was released in 1994. Her second recording ''Ocre" on Enja Records (Music for barrel organ, piano, tuba, bass and percussion ) led to appearances on concert stages all over Europe. In the following years, Courvoisier released 6 CDs as a leader, and 10 CDs as a Co-leader, and more than 20recordings as a side person or as a guest. Her latest releases as a leader are: "ABATON" with Mark Feldman and Erik Friedlander on ECM Records (2004), "LONELYVILLE" with her new quintet on Intakt Records (2007) and a solo piano album, SIGNS AND EPIGRAMS, on Tzadik Records (2007). Since 1995, she has been touring widely with her own groups and as a side person in USA, Canada and Europe including Jazz and New Music Festivals such as Berlin, Willisau, Donaueschingen, Banlieue Bleue, Saalfelden, Groningen, Visions NY, Nürnberg, Taktlos, London LMC, Bath Festival, Muenster and Victoriaville Festival, among others Sylvie is currently the leader of her own quintet "Lonelyville" and the Trio Abaton. She is a member of "Mephista", an improvising trio with Ikue Mori and Susie Ibarra;" Herb Robertson Quintet" with Tim Berne, Tom Rainey and Mark Dresser; in Trio along with Ellery Eskelin and Vincent Courtois: John Zorn’s Cobra. She also performs regularly in Duo with violinist Mark Feldman.

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Article: Album Review

Erik Friedlander: A Queens' Firefly

Read "A Queens' Firefly" reviewed by Troy Dostert


When a cello is your calling card, it is only to be expected that the “chamber jazz" label will tend to follow you around--and so it has for Erik Friedlander, although that term hardly does justice to the variegated possibilities he sets in motion through his assorted projects. Having worked with a “who's who" list of ...

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Article: Live Review

Vossa Jazz 2022: In Three Dimensions

Read "Vossa Jazz 2022: In Three Dimensions" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Vossa Jazz Festival Voss, Norway March 31-April 2, 2022 Like many jazz festivals trying to find a safe passage through the challenging pandemic hurdles, Norway's venerable Vossa Jazz festival kept the faith via “Plan B" operations in the past two years. Hybrid streaming and live models and a pared-down festival last September ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

String Players: From Django Reinhardt to Joe Morris and Beyond

Read "String Players: From Django Reinhardt to Joe Morris and Beyond" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This program focuses on string players of all types, mostly guitarists but with some bassists and violinists also thrown in. The show ranges from classic players like Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessel to modernists like Joe Morris and Mary Halvorson. There is even a set on gypsy/Western swing. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Daniel Rorke, Hello Cacus & Previews

Read "Daniel Rorke, Hello Cacus & Previews" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Saxophonist Daniel Rorke, originally from Australia, then NYC, Scandinavia and now in Dublin Ireland, dropped some music on OMJ recently and tracks from different trios plus a stint in a crazy Icelandic big band are featured. Two very important alto saxophonists have new recordings on the way and those are previewed--Ornette Coleman's first two releases for ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tribute Mary Lou Williams, PIano Trio Smorgasbord, Guitar Mental Block

Read "Tribute Mary Lou Williams, PIano Trio Smorgasbord, Guitar Mental Block" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a birthday wish for a forgotten Philly singer, a super set of piano trios featuring a new tribute to Mary Lou Williams. I work out my issues with jazz guitar with some ear opening duets, and more. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Solos & Duets: Dave Rimpus, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson, Mingus and more

Read "Solos & Duets: Dave Rimpus, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson, Mingus and more" reviewed by David Brown


In a duo performance, musicians become instrumental equals. The interchange of ideas and flow of music is like a conversation. And for the artist who performs solo, there is no place to hide. Today, we present a smorgasbord of solo and duo performances from Coleman Hawkins to Colin Stetson, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson to Duke ...

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Article: Album Review

Sylvie Courvoisier / Mary Halvorson: Searching for the Disappeared Hour

Read "Searching for the Disappeared Hour" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Here pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and guitarist Mary Halvorson come together for the second time on record in a set of amorphous, ever-changing music that combines their two distinctive approaches into something unique. The musicians' individual sounds are very complimentary as Halvorson's strums and swoops interlock tightly with Courvoisier's precise notes. Together they show a ...

Album

Mutual Aid Music

Label: Pleasure Of The Text Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Mutual Aid Music I; Mutual Aid Music II; Mutual Aid Music III; Mutual Aid Music IV; Mutual Aid Music I-I; Mutual Aid Music II-I; Mutual Aid Music III-I; Mutual Aid Music IV-I;

Album

Searching for the Disappeared Hour

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Golden Proportion; Lulu's Second Theorem; Faceless Smears; Four-Point Play; Moonbow; Torrential; Mind Out of Time; Party Dress; Bent Yellow; The Disappearing Hour; Gates & Passes; Blizzard Rings.


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