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hide2 Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman QUARTET
| Mark Feldman (violin)
| Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)
| Thomas Morgan (bass)
| Gerry Hemingway (drums)

Spontaneous and exciting new music from this Quartet with Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, Mark Feldman, violin, Thomas Morgan on bass and Gerry Hemingway on drums to celebrate their new CD "Hotel du Nord" on Intakt Records

preis Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, 2010

| Recordings:
Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman Quartet
“To Fly To Steal” ( Intakt, 2010)
Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman Quartet
“Hotel du Nord” ( Intakt, 2011)
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Sylvie Courvoisier -  Lonelyville -
| Mark Feldman (violin)
| Vincent Courtois (cello)
| Ikue Mori  (electronics)
| Gerald Cleaver (drums)
| Sylvie Courvoisier (piano & compositions)

Sylvie Courvoisier’s new project is an exciting new synthesis of Avan-jazz, contemporary composition and live electronics. New York downtown musicians including electronic artist Ikue Mori and drummer Gerald Cleaver provide a dramatic rhythmic foundation; virtuoso French cellist Vincent Courtois and the American violinist Mark Feldman create textures that bring the new compositions of the pianist Sylvie Courvoisier to life in an exciting visceral way.

| recordings:
Sylvie Courvoisier “Lonelyville” ( Intakt Records, 2007)


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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 and 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..."

| Listen to a live concert in Amsterdam from January 2012
| Project solo+visuals: "Lueurs d'ailleurs"

 
 
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Sylvie Courvoisier - Abaton -
| Sylvie Courvoisier (piano & compositions)
| Mark Feldman (violin)
| Erik Friedlander (violoncello)

“Abaton” is the name of both the album and the ensemble, the trio of Sylvie Courvoisier with Mark Feldman and Erik Friedlander, which was formed in 1998 in New York. The word Abaton is from ancient Greek and its meanings include the temple chamber - “where none may enter unbiddden” - in which initiates received visions, inspirations and renewed health. 
The Trio played widely in Europe and in the USA (Davos Festival (Switzerland), la Biennale Venice (Italy), Merkin Hall (NY), CAC (New Orleans)) …

| recordings:
Sylvie Courvoisier “ABATON” ( ECM Records, 2003 – 2cds)

"...Critics choice 2004: Sylvie Courvoisier Abaton (ECM) -On Abaton, pianist Courvoisier and her first-call bandmates Mark Feldman (violin) and Erik Friedlander (cello) have created a masterpiece of 21st century chamber music. The two-CD set is split equally between spacious, mood-rich compositions and empathetic improvisations that hum with creative energy while defying the structures of genre. This is the fundamental definition of the contemporary avant-garde and Courvoisier's set the where it belongs."
Sam Prestianni, January 2005 jazziz

"...That Courvoisier’s 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

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Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman DUO
| Mark Feldman (violin)
| Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)

Since 1997, they have been performing regulary in the USA, Canada, and toured widely in Europe (played in Festivals such as Willisau, Saalfelden, Mulhouse, Partheney, Shaffhouse, Muenster, Bath, Vancouver, Bordeaux...).
They perform the music of John Zorn, Masada Book II ( Book of Angels) from their CDs "Masada Recital" and "Malphas", plus some of their own compositions from their new CDs "OBLIVIA" on Tzadik (2010) Records and "LIVE AT THEATRE VIDY-LAUSANNE" on Intakt Records (2013).

About their new album, Live at the Theatre Vidy-Lausanne, the Guardian said: "Even at their most heated, Courvoisier and Feldman always sound as if they're weighing proportions, massaging nuances and drawing listeners in." 
The Liberation said :
"L'interaction époustoufle. La cohésion hallucine. Feldman courait le monde. Courvoisier a supprimé l'Océan atlantique depuis le déménagement à Brooklyn en 1998. La science des musiques improvisées européennes s'est enchevêtrée au vagues expérimentales new-yorkaises. De l'émotion pure dans le noyau de l'avant-garde. La complicité entre deux personnes nourrit la musique de l'éternel et du devenir des hommes."
(Bruno Pfeiffer, Libération, France, 05/11/2013)
And the FAZ said :
"Auf dem Rest der CD spielen sie dann richtig zusammen, fallen sich im Vorhergedachten ins Wort, flippen aus, finden von den Ausreißern, von den Genüssen der freien Jazz-Artikulation zurück in die Kultur festgeschriebener Bezüge. Die verschiedensten Spielhaltungen und atmosphärischen Valeurs vernetzen sich in den hellwachen Reaktionen der beiden Spieler ? Tanz, Weltschmerz, befreiender Krach, Bekenntnis zu schlichter Schönheit, schrille Sprungkaskaden. Das Projekt steht und fällt zwar auch mit dieser besonderen Zweisamkeit, hat aber in Mark Feldman den spektakuläreren Spieler. So hat im Jazz-Kontext noch niemand Geige gespielt, wahrscheinlich nicht mal er selbst. Den spezifisch Jazz-affinen Teil seiner Visionen, zu denen jede Art von Improvisation bis hin zu Free-Jazz-Ausbrüchen, eine große Zahl verschiedener Tonfarben- Vorstellungen, die typischen verschliffen synkopischen rhythmischen Details und kurz vor Schluss so etwas wie ein unfreiwillig hereinschleuderndes anonymes Sarasate-Zitat gehören ? das alles mit dieser technischen Finesse, unerbittlich sauberen Intonation und explosiven Ausdruckskraft zu artikulieren, ist eine einmalige Leistung. Weshalb diese CD eine der originellsten Produktionen der Jazzgeschichte ist. Die Vierteljahrsempfehlung des Preises der deutschen Schallplattenkritik hat sie schon bekommen."
(Ulrich Olshausen, FAZ, 28. September 2013)

Mark FELDMAN & Sylvie Courvoisier - OBLIVIA-
Mark Feldman and Sylvie Courvoisier are two of the most spectacular composer-performers working today. Virtuosos on their respective instruments and sensitive, telepathic improvisers, their quest for perfection results in breathtaking new music that seamlessly blends classical composition with the exciting edge of improvisation. Working closely as a duo since the mid 1990s, their interplay is now at a creative peak in this, their latest and most beautiful recording. Featuring original material by the both of them, Oblivia redefines the format of violin-piano recitals. The future of classical music is here! "
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« d'une richesse et diversité inouïes : maitrise irréprochablement classique, lyrisme d'un romantisme sans pathos, cantabile polychronique, suspens, silences, zigzags, étirements et sollicitations des ailleurs instrumentaux d'une absolue modernité. Soit un équilibre inespéré entre rigueur et excès au grès d'une succession contrastée d'essences, évanouies et regrettées a peines exhalée ... »
Philippe Carles, Jazzmagazine/ jazzman, mars 2010

| Duo Recordings:
Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman : "Live at Theatre Vidy-Lausanne" (Intakt Records, 2013) 
Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier: OBLIVIA (Tzadik Records, 2010) 
John Zorn: MALPHAS (Tzadik Records, 2006) 
John Zorn: Masada Recital (Tzadik Records, 2004) 

| Other Recordings with the duo + others musicians : :
Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman QUARTET: Hotel du Nord (Intakt Records, 2011) 
Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman QUARTET: To Fly To Steal (Intakt Records, 2010) 
Sylvie Courvoisier QUINTET: Loneyville(Intakt Records, 2007) 
Sylvie Courvoisier: ABATON (ECM Records-2 Cds,2004) 
Sacha Argov: Great Jewish Music (Tzadik Records, 2003) 
John Zorn: Cobra(Tzadik Records, 2002) 
Earle Brown: Folio and Four Systems (Tzadik Records, 2006) 
Various Artists: Irving Stone Memorial Concert(Tzadik, 2004)

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Mephista
| Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)
| Ikue Mori  (electronics)
| Susie Ibarra (drums)

Three of downtown's most dynamic performers join forces to form Mephista-one of the first all women supergroups (Susie Ibarra, Sylvie Courvoisier, and Ikue Mori). Separately these three have worked with some of the most important musicians in new music (Derek Bailey, William Parker, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Mike Patton, Dave Douglas, etc.) -together they have created a whole new kind of music spanning the worlds of rock, classical, jazz and electronica. Sensitive, powerful and exotic.

| recordings:
Entomological reflections (Tzadik Records, 2004)
Black Narcissus (Tzadik Records, 2002)

| appearances on:
Irving Stones Memorial Concert (Tzadik Records, 2004)
John Zorn Masada Anniversary Voices in the Wilderness- (Tzadik Records, 2003) 

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Courtois-Courvoisier-Eskelin TRIO
| Vincent Courtois (cello)
| Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)
| Ellery Eskelin (sax)

Parisian cellist Vincent Courtois and New York saxophonist Ellery Eskelin met during the summer of 2000 while performing in a large ensemble project led by Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil.  Sensing an immediate musical rapport they began discussing the possibility of a collaboration.  Both musicians admired the playing of Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier (now living in Brooklyn) and with her, they formed this group in 2002.   The ensemble was invited to debut at the  Banlieues Bleues Festival in Paris and has since toured Europe in 2003, 2005 and 2007 and the United States in 2007 performing original compositions as well as completely improvised concerts.  

In the spring of 2008 the group will release it's first studio project (recorded in New York) for the  Italian CAM Jazz label entitled "As Soon As Possible".  

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As Soon As Possible (CAM, 2008)

"Music can be magic and one listen to this group quickly reveals why."  (All About Jazz New York)

"Here's three fantastic improvisers and musicians teaming for a lively, brisk trio...What may surprise the uninitiated is the depth of emotions, colors, and ideas this intimate trio can bring to its music." (Baltimore City Paper)

   
   
 
 
 
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