Outstanding jazz musician
Swiss music prize 2018
Sylvie Courvoisier was born in Lausanne in 1968 and is now an outstanding jazz musician. A pianist, improviser and leading light of New York’s Downtown scene for 20 years, she plays together with artists such as John Zorn, Mark Feldman and Ikue Mori, leads various jazz groups (including a trio with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress) and writes for concerts, plays and the avant-garde flamenco dancer Israel Galván. Her combination of brilliant technique, playfulness, sheer power and boundless imagination in both performing and composing has won her numerous awards.