Sylvie Courvoisier, Mark Feldman / Peter Evans, Ron Stabinsky

PROGRAM

Five Senses of Keen Mark Feldman
For Alice Sylvie Courvoisier
Orpheus and Eurydice Mark Feldman
Messiaenesque Sylvie Courvoisier
Shadim John Zorn
Additional pieces to be announced from the stage.
   
All Peter Evans
Ask Me Now Theolonious Monk
23rd on 87th Ron Stabinsky
Soul Eves Ron Stabinsky
Improvisation on the Blues Form

 


SYLVIE COURVOISIER, piano

Sylvie Courvoisier is a pianist, composer, sideman, and bandleader.  Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Ms. Courvoisier moved to New York in 1998 and has lived in Brooklyn since that time.  She has led several groups over the years and has recorded more than 20 records for different labels, notably ECM, Tzadik, and Intakt records.  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, and others.  She has been commissioned to write music for concerts, radio, dance, and theater.  Her works include Concerto for electric guitar and chamber orchestra and Balbutiements for vocal quartet and soprano.  She has received commissions from various entities, including the Vidy Theater of Lausanne, Pro Helvetia, and Germany's Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival.

Ms. Courvoisier's latest releases as a leader are Abaton with Mark Feldman and Erik Friedlander (ECM Records, 2004); Signs and Epigrams, a solo piano album (Tzadik Records, 2007); Lonelyville, with her quintet (Intake Records, 2008); and two quartet albums, To Fly To Steal and Hotel du Nord (Intakt Records, 2010, 2011).  She has also released a duo album, Oblivia, with Mark Feldman (Tzadik Records, 2010) and Live at Theater Vidy-Lausanne (Intakt, 2013).

Since 1995, Sylvie Courvoisier has been touring widely with her own groups and as a side person in Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States.  Currently, she co-leads the Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman Quartet with Scott Colley and Billy Mintz.  She also is the leader of her own quintet, Lonelyville, and her new trio with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress.  She performs regularly solo and in duo with violinist Mark Feldman.

Ms. Courvoisier is a member of Mephista, an improvising trio with Ikue Mori and Susie Ibarra, and she plays in another improv trio with Ellery Eskelin and Vincent Courtois.  Since 2010, she has been working as a pianist and composer with the new project of the flamenco dancer Israel Galvan "la Curva."

She has been awarded 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, and the 2013 award from the New York Foundation for the Arts.


MARK FELDMAN, violin

Mark Feldman began challenging norms and expectations at the age of nine.  The Brooklyn-based musician made a name for himself by using the traditionally classical, high-brow violin to reject musical convention in favor of a style that melds several genres: jazz, classical, and improvisation.

"I'm trying to continue the tradition of the violin as it is historically known, to continue the tradition of composer/performer/improviser that's been comewhat lost," said Mr. Feldman.  This unconventional approach has caught the attention of others; Mr. Feldman has recorded with Willie Nelson, John Zorn, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Billy Hart, Chris Potter, Sylvie Courvoisier, Lee Konitz, Dave Douglas, Tim Berne, and Johnny Cash.  One of his string quartets was also commissioned and performed by the Kronos Quartet.

Mr. Feldman most often can be found performing with John Zorn's Masada String Trio, Mr. Zorn's Bar Kokhba Septet, in the John Abercrombie Quartet, in duo with pianist-composer Sylvie Courvoisier, or leading his own quartet performing music from  his ECM release What Exit.

Mr. Feldman has performed as a violin soloist with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Amsterdam, The Het Barbants Orkest of Einhoven, Holland, and the WDR Radio Orchestra of Cologne, Germany; all three orchestras commissioned concertos especially for Mr. Feldman to perform.  He has also brought his unique style to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Barbican Hall, and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, as well as the Montreal, Montreux, and Berlin jazz festivals.

Striving to push his music to new heights, Mr. Feldman recognizes that the impact of art and music on society can be great, "if for a moment of two people can entertain ideas that they might never have considered."  Through his music, he seeks to change the perception that a "truly serious violinist" focuses only on the music of Mozart and Beethoven to one of a person who composes his or her own music or incorporates improvisation and multiple genres.

Mr. Feldman, a Chicago native, was not born into a musical family; he received bongo drums - not the harp he requested - as his first childhood musical instrument.  He first became "enchanted" with the violin while studying with a particularly inspiring music teacher at his public elementary school.  After a year of classical lessons at age nine, he knew that music was his life work.  He was performing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before his 20th birthday and was a member of the Nashville Symphony by age 25.

In 1986, Mr. Feldman relocated to New York.  The constant inspiration of being around so much great work in New York, according to Mr. Feldman, cannot be matched anywhere else in the world.  It is in this diverse and eclectic mix of people and art forms that he challenges mainstream music's content and importance, in order "to demonstrate that music outside of 'popular' culture can be visceral, absorbing and meaningful - and have a real place in the life of anyone who makes a small effort to meet the music halfway."

Mr. Feldman cites his firso solo album, released in 1995, as the point when he truly began to "codify his own vocabulary." Music for Violin Alone (Tzadik) and the two albums that followed, Book of Tells (Enja) and What Exit (ECM), were critically acclaimed, celebrating Mr. Feldman as "avant-garde," "virtuosic," and "promiscuous."  His work has been described as so challenging for how it "combines the unusual with the familiar."

In 2003 Mr. Feldman received a Grammy certificate for his performance on Michael Brecker's album Wide Angles.  In 2007 he was the winner of the Albert award in the arts.


RON STABINSKY, piano

Ron Stabinsky received his first musical lessons at the age of five from Michael Hoysock, his grandfather.  Since 2000, Ron has been studying the Taubman Approach to piano playing with Edna Golandsky in New York City.  He has benefitted greatly from additional study of classical repertoire with Ilya Itin.  His mentors in the art of free improvisation have included Bill Dixon in Vermond and Joel Futterman in Virginia.  His stud of jazz has been through the correspondence course work of Charlie Banacos.

In January 2007, Ron began presenting a series of music performances in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area of Pennsylvania by local musicians and guest artists from around the world, primarily but not exclusively focused on improvisation.  He received Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Project Grants annually from 2007 to 2009 for this series.  Ron was also the 2008 recipient of the F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship.

Each summer, Ron presents a series of clinics demonstrating the practical application of the Taubman Approach for jazz pianists and improvisers at the Golandsky Institute's Summer symposium.  In addition to continuing to pursue an ongoing interest in solo piano improvisation, he enjoys working on music in a stylistically diverse array of situations throughout the United States and Europe with many other musicians and ensembles, most recently including free-improvising saxophonist Jack Wright, baritone saxophonist/composer Charles Evans, Philadelphia-based new music chamber ensemble Rêlache, bass trombonist David Taylor, Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood, and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman.  He is currently a regular member of the band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, and the Peter Evans Quartet, Quintet, and Octet.


PETER EVANS, trumpet

Peter Evans has been a member of the New York musical community since 2003, when he moved to the city after graduating Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in classical trumpet.  He currently works in a wide variety of areas, including solo performance, chamber orchestras, free improvised settings, electro-acoustic music, jazz, and composition.

As a performer, Mr. Evans has been working to broaden the expressive range of his chosen instrument and enjoys playing with steady configurations of players and composers.  Current bands include the Peter Evans Trio, Quartet and Quintet, Moppa Elliott's terrorist bebop band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the hyperactive improvisation duo Sparks (with Tom Blancarte), and a duo with trumpeter Nate Wooley.  Mr. Evans also has a sustained interested in solo performance.  Other projects include two collaborative trios: one with ary Halvorson and Weasel Walter, and Pulverize the Sound with Tim Dahl and Mike Pride.  He also collaborates frequently with saxophonist Evan Parker in small groups and in Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.  Other collaborators have included Peter Brotzmann, Barry Guy, Clayton Thomas, Jim Black, Okkung Lee, Sam Pluta, Zach Hill, Steve Shick, John Zorn, David Taylor, Eric Boeren, John Hebert, Kassa Overall, Mats Gustafsson, Agusti Fernandez, Ricardo Gallo, and Axel Dörner.