Sylvie Courvoisier

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Sylvie Courvoisier
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Courvoisier at the Moers Festival 2017
Background information
Birth name (1968-11-30) November 30, 1968 (age 50)
OriginLausanne, Switzerland
Occupation(s)Composer, musician
LabelsEnja, Intakt, Tzadik, ECM
Associated actsMark Feldman, Mephista, John Zorn

Sylvie Courvoisier (born November 30, 1968 in Lausanne, Switzerland) is a composer, pianist and improviser.

Courvoisier was born and raised in Switzerland. In 1998, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she currently resides. 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 about 35 cds as a side person. She co-leads the Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman Quartet and leads her own Trio with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress. She leads her 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; Vincent Courtois Trio, along with Ellery Eskelin; and plays in different projects of John Zorn’. Since 1997, she also performs regularly in duo with violinist Mark Feldman (her husband). Since 2010, she has been working as a pianist and composer with the project of the flamenco dancer Israel Galvan "la Curva ». She received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artist award (2018).

Selected discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1996 Ocre Enja
2000? Y2K Enja Trio, with Michel Godard (tuba), Pierre Charial (barrel organ)
2002 Abaton ECM Trio, with Mark Feldman (violin), Erik Friedlander (cello)
2006 Lonelyville Inatkt Quintet, with Ikue Mori (electronics), Mark Feldman (violin), Vincent Courtois (cello), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2006 Signs and Epigrams Tzadik Solo piano
2014? Double Windsor Tzadik Trio, with Drew Gress (bass), Kenny Wollesen (drums)
2017 D'Agala Inatkt Trio, with Drew Gress (bass), Kenny Wollesen (drums)

As co-leader[edit]

With Mark Feldman

With Mephista (Courvoisier, Ikue Mori and Susie Ibarra)

With others

As sidewoman[edit]

With John Zorn

With Erik Friedlander

With Herb Robertson

  • Real Aberration (Clean Feed, 2005)
  • Elaboration (Clean Feed, 2007)

External links[edit]


  • Rosset, Dominique: Au carrefour des mondes. La compositrice et pianiste lausannoise Sylvie Courvoisier. Zurich 2005.