Sylvie Courvoisier is a pianist, composer, sideman and band leader .Born In Lausanne, Switzerland, 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 over 60 records for different labels, notably ECM , Tzadik and Intakt Records.
Courvoisier has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Mark Feldman ,Yusef Lateef, Ikue Mori, Erik Friedlander, Herb Robertson, Tim Berne, Susie Ibarra , Joelle Leandre among others.
Since 1997, she performs regularly in solo and in Duo with Mark Feldman.
She is a member of Mephista ; co-leads the Courvoisier/ Feldman Quartet and is the leader her own Trio with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress and her quintet “Lonelyville”.
Since 2010, she has been working as a pianist and composer with the new project of the flamenco dancer Israel Galvan “la Curva”.
Awards include Switzerland’s 1996 Prix des jeunes créateurs , Zonta Club’s 2000 Prix de la Création, and Switzerland’s 2010 Grand Prix de la Fondation Vaudoise de la Culture and 2013 NYFA ( New York Fondation for the Art).
Kenny Wollesen (born 1966) is an American drummer and percussionist.
Wollesen lives in New York City. He has recorded and toured with Tom Waits, Sean Lennon, Ron Sexsmith, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, John Lurie, Myra Melford, Steven Bernstein, and John Zorn. He is a founding member of the New Klezmer Trio and a member of the Sex Mob and Himalayas groups. He also performs on the soundtrack to the popular children’s show The Backyardigans.
Kenny grew up in Capitola, CA, studying at Aptos HS and spent many teenage years jamming with Donny McCaslin. He spent quality classroom time with flugelhornist and arranger Ray Brown at Cabrillo College. Kenny also arranges and studied vibraphone at Cabrillo.
Sylvie Courvoisier – piano
Kenny Wollesen – drums