February 20, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone, and Sylvie Courvoisier, piano, will perform in a concert of improvised music Wednesday, March 1, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The concert, which is open to the public without charge, is part of the ongoing Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesday series produced for the university by Phil Haynes.

Ellery Eskelin and Sylvie Courvoisier have been performing improvised concerts in the United States and Europe since 2003. Both musicians have led numerous projects over the years and are known for their participation with many of the most respected musicians on the improvised music scene today.

They are dedicated to creating programs of music that is complex but also has a strong sense of lyricism and form. The program for the concert will be completely spontaneous.

A Baltimore native, Eskelin has lived in New York for more than 20 years. He has become a part of the international music scene and is best known for his trio with Andrea Parkins and Jim Black, which has been on tour since 1994.

Named in Best of the Year critics' polls by the New York Times, The Village Voice, and major jazz magazines in the United States and abroad, he has released more than 20 recordings as a leader. His latest release is "TEN," available on the hatOLOGY record label. He also has released a DVD tour diary, "On the Road with …" documenting a recent European tour.

ECM recording artist Sylvia Courvoisier was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. She began playing piano at age six. She grew up learning jazz at the jazz Conservatory of Montreux and classical music at the Conservatoire de Lausanne. She has performed on concert stages all over Europe, the United States and Canada. As a composer, she has written pieces for concerts, radio, dance and theater.

Since moving to Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1998, Courvoisier has toured widely with her husband and violinist Mark Feldman, as well as the group Mephista, John Zorn's Cobra, in solo and with the trio Abaton.

Jazz at Bucknell is conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries to the campus and surrounding community several times each year. Programming will showcase the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the Avant-Garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.

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Story posted Feb. 20, 2006

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