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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.


Article: Album Review

Sylvie Courvoisier: Chimaera

Read "Chimaera" reviewed by John Sharpe

Even though pianist Sylvie Courvoisier has bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen on hand for Chimaera, the six-piece band is a long way from being merely the storied threesome, which made Double Windsor (Tzadik, 2014), D'Agala (Intakt, 2018) and Free Hoops (Intakt, 2020), plus added guests. As she explains in the liners, ...

Article: Live Review

MetJazz 2024

Read "MetJazz 2024" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

MetJazz 2024 Prato Teatro Metastasio, Teatro Fabbricone, Scuola di Musica Verdi 26.2--25.3.2024 Ventinovesima edizione del festival MetJazz, che anche quest'anno, sotto la direzione artistica di Stefano Zenni, per un mese ha disseminato di eventi la città di Prato, con gli spettacoli principali --tutti in doppio concerto--collocati come sempre il lunedì e ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Alex Hitchcock, Sylvie Courvoisier, Chris Potter

Read "Alex Hitchcock, Sylvie Courvoisier, Chris Potter" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Chris Potter's upcoming album and then two tunes which were recorded without a concern for time constraints, either in studio or live on stage, a place where suddenly the perception of time is altered in the midst of the creative flow. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash ...


Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...


The Rite of Spring: Spectre d’un songe

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Le Sacre du Printemps, Pt.1; Le Sacre du Printemps, Pt.2; Spectre d’un songe.



Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Le pavot rouge; La joubarbe aragnaineuse; Partout des prunelles flambolent; La Chimère aux yeux verts; Annâo; Le sabot de Venus.


Article: Year in Review

Karl Ackermann's Best Creative Music Of 2023

Read "Karl Ackermann's Best Creative Music Of 2023" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

2023 was an exceptional year for pushing envelopes. The music took leaps backward and forwards in time, espousing social consciousness while embracing fundamentals laid down by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. What distinguishes this year from the pre-pandemic era is the palpable feeling that artists vented in the form of fresh enthusiasm that ...


Article: Album Review

Sylvie Courvoisier: Chimaera

Read "Chimaera" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It says something about pianist Sylvie Courvoisier's current profile in creative jazz that she could assemble such a distinguished ensemble for her latest release, Chimaera. Augmenting her usual trio of bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen are trumpeters Wadada Leo Smith and Nate Wooley, and with the always interesting Christian Fennesz completing the group on ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lake/Landaeus/Osgood, Lisa Hoppe, & Aruan Ortiz

Read "Lake/Landaeus/Osgood, Lisa Hoppe, & Aruan Ortiz" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

With master saxophonist Oliver Lake not playing these days, hearing some new music from him is a treat. Back in 2017, in Lund, Sweden, he came together with Danish drummer Kresten Osgood and Swedish pianist Mathias Landaeus to create some memorable moments. Though each had worked with the others in the past, this was the first ...


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