Irène Schweizer

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Irène Schweizer
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Irene Schweizer in concert at Loft (Cologne) 2014
Background information
Birth name Irène Schweizer
Born June 2, 1941
Origin Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Genres Avant-garde jazz
Free improvisation
Free jazz
Occupation(s) Pianist
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Pierre Favre, Louis Moholo, Andrew Cyrille, Günter Sommer, Feminist Improvising Group

Irène Schweizer (born June 2, 1941) is a Swiss jazz and free improvising pianist. She was born in Schaffhausen, in 1941. She has performed and recorded numerous solo piano performances as well as performing as part of the Feminist Improvising Group, whose members include Lindsay Cooper, Maggie Nichols, Georgie Born and Sally Potter. She has also performed a series of duets with drummers Pierre Favre, Louis Moholo, Andrew Cyrille, Günter Sommer, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, as well as in trio and quartet sessions with others, including John Tchicai, Evan Parker and Peter Kowald. With Yusef Lateef, Uli Trepte and Mani Neumeier she performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967. One of her most enduring collaborations is with the improvising musician Rüdiger Carl.


  • Jazz Meets India (1967)
  • First Choice (2006)

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