Sylvie Courvoisier

| Sylvie Courvoisier is a pianist, improviser and a composer.
Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Courvoisier moved to New York in 1998 and has lived in Brooklyn since that time.

Courvoisier has led several groups over the years and has recorded over 25 records as a leader or co-leader for different labels, notably ECM , Tzadik and Intakt Records and 25 cds as a sideperson.

She has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Mark Feldman, Yusef Lateef, Ikue Mori, Tony Oxley, Tim Berne, Joey Baron, Joëlle Léandre, Herb Robertson, Butch Morris, Evan Parker, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Lotte Anker, Fred Frith, Michel Godard, Tomazs Stanko among others.

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Since 1996, she has been touring widely with her own groups and as a side person in USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe.

Currently, Courvoisier is the leader of her TRIO with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress.She performs regularly Solo and in Duo with violinist Mark Feldman.
She co-leads the Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman Quartet with Scott Colley and Billy Mintz.
She is a member of Mephista, an improvising Trio with Ikue Mori and Susie Ibarra and plays in different projects of John Zorn.
She is also a sideperson of Erik Friedlander's Trio, Herb Robertson's Quintet and Nate Wooley's Quartet. .

Since 2010, she has been working as a pianist and composer with the project of the flamenco dancer Israel Galvan "la Curva » .


| | Awards include
Switzerland's 1996 Prix des jeunes créateurs,
Zonta Club's 2000 Prix de la Création,
Switzerland's 2010 Grand Prix de la Fondation Vaudoise de la Culture,
2013's NYFA (NewYork Foundation For the Art) Music/Sound Fellowship.

| Selected Discography:
DOUBLE WINDSOR Sylvie Courvoisier TRIO with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress(Tzadik 2014)
BIRDIES FOR LULU Sylvie Courvoisier-Mark Feldman Quartet (Intakt 2014)
EITHER OR ANDSylvie Courvoisier-Evan Parker Duo (Relative Pitch 2014)
LIVE AT THEATRE VIDY-LAUSANNE- Sylvie Courvoisier - Mark Feldman Duo (Intakt 2013)
CLAWS & WINGS Erik Friedlander - Ikue Mori - Sylvie Courvoisier (2013)
HOTEL DU NORD Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman Quartet (Intakt 2011)
TO FLY TO STEAL Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman Quartet (Intakt 2010)
OBLIVIA Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier- (Tzadik 2010)
DICTEE/LIBER NOVUS John Zorn(Tzadik 2010)
FEMINA John Zorn (Tzadik 2009)
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE Courtois, Courvoisier & Eskelin ( Cam Jazz 2008)
EVERY SO OFTEN Ellery Eskelin & Sylvie Courvoisier ( Prime Source 2008)
SIGNS AND EPIGRAMS Sylvie Courvoisier solo (Tzadik2007)
LONELYVILLE Sylvie Courvoisier Quintet with Mori, Feldman, Courtois, Cleaver (Intakt 2008)
REAL ABERATION Herb Robertson -NY Downtown Allstars-(clean Feed 2007)
MALPHAS Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier, music of John Zorn-Book of Angels- (Tzadik 2006)
ABATON –Sylvie Courvoisier Trio feat. Feldman, Friedlander (ECM Records, 2cd 2004 )
MASADA RECITAL Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman , music of John Zorn (Tzadik 2004)
ENTOMOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS - Mephista (Courvoisier, Mori, Ibarra) (Tzadik 2004)
DEUX PIANOS- Sylvie Courvoisier , Jacques Demierre (Intakt, 2000)
MUSIC FOR BARREL ORGAN, PIANO, TUBA, BASS AND PERCUSSION Sylvie Courvoisier Ocre (Enja, 1997)

« ...That her music is as aesthetically beautiful as it is strange and mysterious is only further testament to her prowess as a composer. That this trio plays her music as if it has been creating it from the air is nothing short of remarkable. Abaton is Courvoisier's crowning achievement thus far, and this group points her firmly forward in a direction where everything is still possible, demonstrating that there is something new under the sun in classical music and improvisation. Perhaps Abaton is the great moment of 2003 for new classical music. »
Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

« Courvoisier's playing is jaw-dropping at times, and there's an extended passage that features her working both inside and on the keyboard of the piano interacting with Rainey and the others in subtle combinations, and working up to a terrifying free jazz piano freakout that could make a person faint!»
Michael Anton Parker, 2005

"Galvan n'est pas seul sur le plateau, même si sa folle solitude y explose. Il est encadré par une table et un piano. D'un côté, une famille recomposée prend place avec la chanteuse flamenca Inès Bacan et son "écuyer du rythme", Bobote, auxquels vient se joindre Galvan en fils spirituel attentif. De l'autre, une femme jeune et aventureuse, la pianiste Sylvie Courvoisier, s'arrime à son instrument pour en faire crépiter les touches, claquer les cordes dans une partition sauvage et sophistiquée. .." Le Monde, 17.01.2012

« This highly original and new music has it all: razor-sharp edges, sounds of a thousand dancing needles, thundering power arising from deeply yawning chasms, mystic fluorescence throughout, calmness combined with a mysterious kind of moving
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Henning Bolte, 5/2007


« …Dans un autre pays que la Suisse, elle serait adulée comme une des plus importantes plumes musicales de son temps. Elle recevrait tous les prix envisageables, n'aurait plus à se faire du souci pour les trente années à venir. Mais elle a décidé de vivre outre-Atlantique. Elle est notre ambassade, mieux que quiconque.... »
Arnaud Robert, Le Temps, 2005

 
 
 
 
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