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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.

Album

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.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Royston, Lema & Ojeda, Courvoisier & Smythe, And More

Read "New Releases From Royston, Lema & Ojeda, Courvoisier & Smythe, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Listen for new releases from Rudy Royston, Germán Lema & Nicolás Ojeda, Sylvie Courvoisier & Cory Smythe, Jacob Young Mats Eilertsen & Audun Kleive, Brian McCarthy, Blue Moods, Roxy Coss, Dave Moss, Michael O'Neill Quintet, Cazayoux, Cut Beetlez Quartet with Rodney Chapman, Daniel Carter with Leo Genovese William Parker & Francisco Mela, and, Sébastien Parent.

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Article: Liner Notes

Samuel Blaser: As the Sea

Read "Samuel Blaser: As the Sea" reviewed by John Kelman


Plenty has been written about musical camaraderie--the building of long-term musical relationships and their unmistakable impact on the evolution of a group. Few, however, discuss the inevitable impact of personal relationships behind the music. Times have changed, and few jazz groups tour for more than a couple of consecutive weeks; still, hitting the road for even ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Roy Nathanson, Leap Day Trio, Jimmy Rushing and a Lot More

Read "Roy Nathanson, Leap Day Trio, Jimmy Rushing and a Lot More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This episode contains a wide range of jazz artists, from Roy Nathanson and the Leap Day Trio to Jimmy Rushing and Meredith d'Ambrosio. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Paul Smoker Notet “Goodbye, David II" ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Jazz Critic: Neil Tesser

Read "The Jazz Critic: Neil Tesser" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


For as long as there has been art and artists there have been critics to give their opinions about their work. There is even that famous joke about everyone having an opinion. But, clearly, some opinions are more informed than others and when it comes to being a competent jazz critic one needs to have a ...

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Article: Album Review

Sylvie Courvoisier / Cory Smythe: The Rite of Spring: Spectre d’un songe

Read "The Rite of Spring: Spectre d’un songe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Two daring jazz improvisers take on a cherished hundred-year-old classical ballet masterpiece with radical roots on The Rite of Spring: Spectre d'un songe. Igor Stravinsky was fresh off the success of his 1911 “Petrushka," which radiated with the artistic atmosphere of his Russia, when in 1913 he premiered “The Rite of Spring" at the opening of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Reed Rapture With Vandemark And More

Read "Reed Rapture With Vandemark And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we conclude our twelve week look at Ivo Perelman's Reed Rapture In Brooklyn with music from his partnership with Ken Vandermark. There is also further music from Vandermark plus new albums from Mark Ortwein, John Bailey and Dave Stryker.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Ivo Perelman and Ken Vandermark “Four" from Reed Rapture ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

2023 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2023 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The fact that New York City's Winter JazzFest (WJF) is back to in-person performances may very well be among the most meaningful signs, at least for jazz die-hards, that life is returning to normal. The overall number of concerts may not be as high as in the past, with the 170+ performances of 2020 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Resetting the Standard - Part 1

Read "Resetting the Standard - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In the wake of the recent publication of New Standards, the collection of 101 compositions by women composers curated by Terri Lyne Carrington for Berklee Press, this week we feature some of the compositions featured in the new book, and a few more that we hope may appear in a future expanded edition.Happy listening!


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