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Courvoisier, Sylvie / Mark Feldman: Time Gone Out (Intakt)

At around 20 years of collaboration, the duo of pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and violinist Mark Feldman has redefined the dialog between European and American approaches to improvisation and composition, bridging traditional and modern approaches, here in a studio album of power and restraint, energy and fragility, discipline and freedom.
 

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UPC: 7640120193263

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT326
Squidco Product Code: 27443

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Oktaven Audio, in Mt Vernon, New York, on September 29th, 2018, by Owen Mulholland.


Personnel:

Sylvie Courvoisier-piano

Mark Feldman-violin

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"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 30 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. 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 since 1997, in Duo with violinist Mark Feldman. She co-leads the Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman Quartet with Scott Colley and Billy Mintz. Since 2000, she has been a member of Mephista, an improvising collective trio with Ikue Mori and Susie Ibarra. She is currently playing and touring in different projects of John Zorn including Cobra and Masada Marathon. She is also playing in Erik Friedlander's Trio, Herb Robertson's Quintet and Nate Wooley's Quartet. Since 2010, she has been working as a pianist and composer for flamenco dancer Israel Galvan's project "la Curva" with more than 150 performances around the world.

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."

-Sylvie Courvoisier Website (http://www.sylviecourvoisier.com/bio.htm)
12/10/2019

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"Mark Feldman (born 1955 in Chicago) is an American jazz violinist. Feldman worked in Chicago from 1973-1980, in Nashville, Tennessee from 1980-1986, in New York City and Western Europe from 1986. He has performed with John Zorn, John Abercrombie, The Masada String Trio, Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, and Billy Hart.

He was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and played in many bar bands in Chicago. He played on over 200 recordings in Nashville as a studio musician, was a member of the Nashville Symphony, and was a member of the touring groups of country western entertainers Loretta Lynn and Ray Price.

In 2003 he was soloist with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Guus Janssen's Violin Concerto and with the WDR Jazz Orchestra in Concerto for Violin and Jazz Orchestra by Bill Dobbins. At New York's Lincoln Center he performed in duo with pianists Paul Bley and Muhal Richard Abrams.

He has recorded with Michael Brecker, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, and Chris Potter and has played on over 100 recordings in New York City as a soloist in contemporary music and modern jazz.

Feldman has released several albums, including Music for Violin Alone (Tzadik, 1995); Book of Tells (Enja, 2000); What Exit (ECM, 2006 with British pianist John Taylor; To Fly to Steal (Intakt, 2010) with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Gerry Hemingway; and Oblivia (Tzadik, 2010) with his wife, Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier. In September 2012, he and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty produced the debut album of Scott Tixier. Feldman wrote the liner notes."

-Mark Feldman Website (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Feldman)
12/10/2019

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track listing:


1. Homesick for Another World 3:32

2. Eclats for Ornette 3:57

3. Limits of the Useful 3:10

4. Blindspot 4:11

5. Time Gone Out 19:51

6. Cryptoporticus 7:30

7. Not a Song, Other Songs 10:49

8. Blue Pearl 3:32
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"In a partnership that spans decades, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and violinist Mark Feldman have forged a musical language that essentially obliterates the idiomatic distinctions between classical composition and improvised jazz. Both are unquestioned virtuosos, with the technical ability to do virtually anything on their respective instruments, and this is critical to their ability to create music that is on the one hand deliberate and meticulously crafted and, on the other, free-spirited and adventurous. Only musicians who have worked together as extensively as these two can achieve such a feat, one that requires a complete fusion of perspectives and a unique complementarity of purpose.

Courvoisier and Feldman have a quartet that has recorded episodically, most recently on Birdies for Lulu (Intakt, 2014) with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Billy Mintz. But they have always relished their duo recordings, where their mutual interactions can unfold most directly and immediately. Their first was Music for Violin and Piano (Avant, 1999), and they've done four others, most recently Live at ThŽ‰tre Vidy- Lausanne (Intakt, 2013), before once again teaming up for their current disc, Time Gone Out. Together, these releases are an impressive body of work, documenting the evolution of the duo's distinctive attempt to locate the vitality and surprise of jazz within music that, at least on its surface, takes the form of avant- garde classical performance.

The eight pieces on Time Gone Out are highly varied, yet they do possess a shared sensibility that gives the album its remarkable coherence. There are several miniatures, ranging from three to four minutes, and with the exception of "ƒclats for Ornette," a previous version of which was found on Courvoisier's recent trio disc, D'Agala (Intakt, 2018), these are freely improvised; the longest pieces on the record are credited individually to either Courvoisier (the title track) or Feldman ("Not a Song, Other Songs"). Compositional credits aside, however, one of the marvels of this music is that it is virtually impossible much of the time to determine the boundaries between composed and improvised segments, so that the best way to appreciate the music is simply to take it in, reveling in its revelations, of which there are many.

The shorter, fully improvised pieces are potent bursts of concentrated energy and dynamic movement. Feldman's lyrical intensity shines on the opener, "Homesick for Another World," while Courvoisier's masterful use of the interior of the piano, one of her trademarks, offers piquant commentary on Feldman's floating lines and more abstract gestures. Contrastingly, pieces like "ƒclats for Ornette" and "Blue Pearl" have ferocious rhythmic vigor and zesty jazz inflections scattered throughout.

But many listeners will find the longer pieces even more compelling. The tour de force title track, at almost twenty minutes, is a world unto itself, with beautiful, charged musical fragments entering and receding, and enough room for each musician to develop ideas both independently and mutually, being governed all the while by the piece's central logic. Its use of space is especially noteworthy, allowing Courvoisier and Feldman to take full advantage of its expansive duration in presenting their ideas. And "Not a Song, Other Songs" may be even better, with a somewhat menacing undercurrent to the music provided by Courvoisier's thunderous chordal attacks and Feldman's ecstatic surges.

While Courvoisier and Feldman will undoubtedly continue to ply their trade in many other contexts, it's worth celebrating that they return to this setting every so oftenÑas a way to seek what is most essential in their music, and to allow us the opportunity to be astonished by their efforts."-Troy Dostert, All About Jazz


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