Friday 1 December 2017, 7.30pm
Celebrating two decades of performing as a duo, Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and US violinist Mark Feldman have been an item, musically and personally, for more than 19 years. Their music attests to that in a sense of familiarity without habit, pleasure in private languages that still make sense to outsiders, and the confidence to resolve conflict or leave it simmering.
Sylvie Courvoisier is a pianist, composer and improviser. 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 35 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.
She has been commissioned to write music for concerts, radio, dance and theater.
In 2002 Mark Feldman premiered the Violin Concerto of Guus Janssen as soloist with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the Contemporary Music Festival Nederland Muziek Dagen.
Also that year he performed a work composed for him by Bill Dobins the Concerto for Violin and Jazz Orchestra with the WDR Jazz Orchestra in concert at the Vienna Concert House.
In 2006 he premiered the Second Violin Concerto of Jay Weigal with Members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the New Orleans Cultural Arts Center.
In Years Past he has also been a soloist with the WDR Radio Orchestra and the Basil Symphonetta.
He has performed and Recorded the Complete String Quartets of John Zorn (Tzadik Records) and his own works for String Quartet Book of Tells (Enja Records)...[more]