Album Review

Feldman, Mark & Courvoisier, Sylvia – “Oblivia” – [Tzadik]

abacus   8/3/2011   CD, Jazz

Another piece from the classically trained yet hugely ambitious husband-wife duo. Feldman has come from a classical background while at school in Chicago, moved to country music in Nashville and gone on to dominate the Euro/NY avant-garde scene, working with everyone from Willie Nelson to John Zorn to televangelist Jimmy Swaggart. Naturally he is a master of all music and a seer of all sonic possibilities. Sylvie Courvoisier is an imaginative pianist/composer/conductor from Lausanne, Switzerland that has studied music extensively from all perspectives and come to acquire her own uniquely provocative, freewheeling approach. These improvisational pieces are alarmingly telepathic and intuitive, both aesthetically beautiful and eerie/melancholic, anxiously sparse and chaotically discordant. Very cerebral, lyrical, tragic and exciting.

1,3,4,6,7 have a more structured feel

1,3,8.10 hit, kick and thrash

2,8,9,10 delve into prepared piano driven sonic explorations

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