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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.

Free Hoops

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Free Hoops; Lulu Dance; Just Twisted; Requiem d’un songe; As We Are; Birdies of Paradise; Galore; Nicotine Sarcoline; Highway 1.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Troy Dostert

2020 will be remembered as a year of resilience. And surely a part of that story will be the fortitude displayed by musicians of all stripes, who have endeavored creatively to manage the challenges of a hollowed-out economy and a global pandemic with innovative business platforms and novel approaches to recording and content delivery. The jazz ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ben Monder, Sandy Evans, Andrea Keller, Ralph Alessi & Rich Halley

Read "Ben Monder, Sandy Evans, Andrea Keller, Ralph Alessi & Rich Halley" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Monash University in jny: Melbourne, Australia is the home of the Sir Zelman Cowen School Of Music. It's an excellent program that believes in challenging the students. One of the ways it does that is to bring in internationally recognized artists to perform and work directly with the students. This episode presents some of those Monash ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Snakeoil, Mark Helias, The Doxas Brothers And More

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A busy year for the prolific Tim Berne continues with the release of live music from his Snakeoil band and a fascinating duo with Mark Helias. There is further live music from the stellar line up of Sylvie Courvoisier, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley and Tom Rainey. Also a brand new album from Chet Doxas with brother ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lucia Cadotsch, Dark Horse, Oaagaada, Sabu Toyozumi and More

Read "Lucia Cadotsch, Dark Horse, Oaagaada, Sabu Toyozumi and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

As often happens on this show, the recordings we featured emanate from many countries, and this episode is no different. New releases include those by Japanese drumming legend Sabu Toyozumi (recorded in The Philippines), Sweden's Dark Horse, French drummer Raphael Pannier, Finland's Oaagaada, Italy's Ground 71, and Swiss vocalist Lucia Cadotsch. American baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ivo Perelman, Lucas Goicoechea, Charles Mingus, Roberto Ottaviano and More

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There's a wide swath of styles in this episode, further demonstrating the incredible depth of improvised music. From an historic live performance in Germany by Charles Mingus, to the powerful saxophone of Ivo Perelman joined by an improvising string trio, to contemporary guitar by England's Ray Russell, to rising stars from Argentina (saxophonist Lucas Goicoechea), to ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sylvie Courvoisier, Christian Lillinger, OM and More

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The international scene continues to demonstrate there's quality music everywhere. Included in this episode new releases by German drummer Christian Lillinger, Belgian drummer Antoine Pierre's Urbex, South Korean drummer SooJin Suh, English pianist Rick Simpson, Argentinean drummer Axel Filip, and the reborn Swiss 70s and 80s powerhouse, OM. From this side of the pond, new works ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: Free Hoops

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With her idiosyncratic mixture of mystery and mirth, and a seamless conjoining of jazz and classical musical vocabularies, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier has carved an enviable niche for herself. She not only possesses impeccable technique, but her voice as a composer is just as formidable, whether in partnerships with fellow mavericks like Mary Halvorson, Evan Parker, or ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A focus on Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson

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On this show we feature some exciting new albums from Vanessa Perica, Dan Pocetti and Noshir Mody The main focus is on the work of Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson with music from the first album released under Rainey's name and then each musician explored in other projects. These selections clearly ...


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