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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.

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Jazztopad 2019

Read "Jazztopad 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Vincent Courtois Trio Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music, Mleczarnia Club Jazztopad Wroclaw November 21-24, 2019 On my arrival in Wroclaw, on the way to the reverend National Forum of Music (NFM), the first familiar face I met in the street was Mateusz Rybicki, a musician that has ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Part 1 | Part 2 Every year the 'Best-of' game is underway again. But, “best of what?" is the immediate question. It's almost impossible for fishes of prey to hunt in a huge herring swarm, or for birds of prey to hunt in those huge budgerigar swarms. 'The best' is a choice from the ...

Time Gone Out

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Homesick for Another World; Éclats for Ornette; Limits of the Useful; Blindspot; Time Gone Out; Cryptoporticus; Not a Song, Other Songs; Blue Pearl.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2019

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2019" reviewed by John Sharpe

There's sometimes a backlash against picking the year's best albums. Understandably so when it entails pitting one honest artistic endeavour against another. Best to view the selections as a chance to pick up on something that you might otherwise have missed. As a listener I always look forward to the annual year end lists for precisely ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Is it jazz? Perhaps not in the narrowest sense, but each of the releases below arguably retains enough of a foothold in the tradition to justify that description. Maybe we've finally reached the point where the question no longer matters. In any case, what these artists have in common is a commitment to venturing outward in ...

The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience

Read "The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Saalfelden? For those who don't already know, it is a small Austrian town in a magnificent alpine landscape in the Pinzgau, 70 km west of Salzburg, famous for its jazz festival in August and January and popular as a vacation and sport area. Character The festival has a great 40-years history having built a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ken Vandermark with Kris Davis/Hamid Drake/Paul Lytton/Ikue Mori/William Parker: Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019 (Box Set)

Read "Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019 (Box Set)" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When reed player and composer Ken Vandermark launched his recording career in 1995, he did so with the deceptively titled Standards (Quinnah Records). Free improvisations with titles like “Rage for Speaking" and “A Sick Man's Dreams" indicated a different view of the agreed-upon definition. And so, it has been and has evolved, over nearly twenty-five years ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

All new sounds with a focus on Simon Nabotov

Read "All new sounds with a focus on Simon Nabotov" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we focus on a batch of new releases including the latest album from Simon Nabatov who has a great band, they are so good I play something from each band member as well. Playlist Zach Brock, Matt Ulery, and Jon Deitemyer “Wonderment" from Wonderment (Woolgathering Records) 00:00 Simon Nabatov Quintet “Old ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

All-Female Bands Are a Riot!

Read "All-Female Bands Are a Riot!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As much as we favor a complete integration of the jazz sexes, this week we feature twenty-four bands or projects with not a single man in sight, actually in hearing. After all, how much jazz radio have you listened to (not on Mondo Jazz) with playlists made exclusively of all male bands? Here's a small contribution ...


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