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Sylvie Courvoisier Trio
| Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)
| Drew Gress (bass)
| Kenny Wollesen(drums)

"Some pianists approach the instrument like it's a cathedral-Sylvie Courvoisier sometimes treats it like a playground," observes Kevin Whitehead aptly in the liner notes to D'Agala (Intakt), the latest album by the Sylvie Courvoisier Trio. "In two minutes, she covers more ground than some pianists get to in a set." He goes on to compare the venturesome interaction of this trio with a pioneering jazz icon from the 1950s: "There is something Herbie Nichols-like about the Courvoisier-Gress-Wollesen trio's feel: collective music-making as light-on-its-feet fun; a genuine trio music in which bass and drums are full partners with piano."
That striking cohesion and collective sense of play are what mark the Swiss pianist and her esteemed American rhythm mates as kindred spirits in the areas of color, groove and melody. The group's European tour in April-May 2018 celebrates the January release of D'Agala. Courvoisier, who has been a fixture on the New York scene for nearly 20 years, released her first album with Gress and Wollesen in 2014, when Double Windsor (Tzadik) was named Album of the Year by both Slate and New York City Jazz Record, along with receiving the "CHOC" from Jazz Magazine and Jazzman in France.
Beyond the trio, Courvoisier earned renown for balancing two distinct worlds- the richly detailed depth of her European chamber-music roots and the grooving, hook-laden sounds of the downtown New York jazz scene. Her long partnership with violinist Mark Feldman - acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic - has resulted in a seemingly telepathic duo, as well as a quartet. Courvoisier has worked with a who's who in avant-jazz, including John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, Evan Parker, Ikue Mori, Ellery Eskelin, Susie Ibarra, Fred Frith and Mary Halvorson. - Bradley Bambarger

One of the most creative pianists in the downtown scene, and a long time collaborator of Mark Feldman, Ikue Mori and many others, Sylvie combines a brilliant technique with a wild imagination that straddles classical, jazz, improvisation and more. Featuring the dynamic rhythm section of Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress, the music combines the best of improvisation and composition in the classic piano trio format. Three years in the making this is an essential project that highlights an exciting new musical world.- John Zorn  

Adepte d’un piano tout à la fois pulsionnel, gestuel et cérébral (où se décèle l’influence décisive du geste révolutionnaire de Cecil Taylor mais aussi la liberté lyrique d’un Paul Bley et dans un autre registre la prégnance d’un certain romantisme allemand…), Sylvie Courvoisier franchit aujourd’hui une nouvelle étape en se présentant pour la première fois dans la configuration archétypale du trio piano/basse/batterie — épreuve initiatique incontournable de tout pianiste de jazz contemporain. Accompagnée par deux monstres sacrés de la scène downtown newyorkaise, le contrebassiste Drew Gress et le batteur Kenny Wollesen, extraordinaires de complicité et de fluidité organique, la pianiste y révèle une conception tout à la fois spontanée et concertée de l’exercice, domestiquant son lyrisme, sa fougue et son sens très personnel du swing dans des formes précisément agencées servant de vecteurs autant que de cadres à l’improvisation collective. A la fois poétique, mystérieuse et d’une grande intensité physique cette musique inspirée reflète de façon magistrale l’univers musical décidément pas comme les autres de Sylvie Courvoisier.

Stephane Ollivier, JazzMagazine/Jazzman

| Recordings:
“Double Windsor” ( Tzadik, 2014) 
D'AGALA ( Intakt Records, 2018)

| Photos HD (zip)

| technical rider
| info about the Trio
| Sylvie's linernote
| press
| press spring tour 2017

| video links
Except of « Double Windsor » from Sylvie Courvoisier’s 2014 Trio Album « Double Windsor »
Sylvie Courvoisier Trio - live @ Saalfelden Jazzfestival 2014
Sylvie Courvoisier Trio - live at the stone NYC, June 8th 2013


 
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Sylvie Courvoisier - piano solo
Swiss Born Composer/improviser Sylvie Courvoisier is one of the most creative and imaginative pianists in new music.
A frequent collaborator of Mark Feldman, Ikue Mori and John Zorn, she is a member of Mephista and the leader her own quintet and the trio Abaton.

| recordings:
Sylvie Courvoisier “SIGNS AND EPIGRAMS"( Tzadik, 2007)

Here she is featured solo, focusing her unique language of extended techniques into a remarkable new classical chamber music. Mystical, moody an beautiful.
JAZZMAN - Juin 2007
**** "Signs and Epigrams"
“Collaboratrice de MARK FELDMAN, IKUE MORI ou FRED FRITH, la pianiste suisse, est, au fil des ans, devenue l’une des actrices principales de la scène downtown new-yorkaise. Cet album solo permet à SYLVIE COURVOISIER de se focaliser sur l’emploi de techniques contemporaines au clavier relevant certes plus des mondes du classique que de ceux du jazz mais les mettant au service d’une musique de chambre personnelle et sensible, tout sauf prétentieuse”.

JAZZ MAGAZINE - Juin 2007
"Signs and Epigrams" DISQUE D'EMOI
"Le premier enregistrement en solo de SYLVIE COURVOISIER révèle un abord du piano aussi libre que neuf, grâce à une constante inventivité..."


| Project solo+visuals: "Lueurs d'ailleurs"

| video links
Live solo concert- Shaffhauser Jazzfestival , 2013
Live solo concert - Loft, Germany 2006
Live solo concert - Gallery of Tones - Pianolab - Amsterdam

 
 
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Sylvie Courvoisier - Large Ensemble - Engrenages
Sylvie Courvoisier (cond/comp), Simon Heggendorn (vl), tba (vl), Carlo Niederhauser (vc), Raphael ,Heggendorn (vc), Lukas Frei (tp), Niklaus Hürny (tp), Andreas Tschopp (tb), Marc Unternährer (tuba), UrsVögeli (g), Luzius Schuler (p), Claude Meier (b), Flo Reichle (dr)
Downloads:

| Dossier (pdf)
| Photos (zip)
| MP3
(Extract1)
(Extract2)
(Extract3)

| Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/lukasfrei/sets/sylviecourvoisier



 
 
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