February 24, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series continues with "Improvisations on and compositions for violin and piano" by Mark Feldman and Sylvie Courvoisier on March 3 at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The program is free and open to the public.

Pianist Courvoisier and violinist Feldman have been performing onstage together since 1995.

Courvoisier, who grew up in Switzerland, studied composition, piano and conducting at Conservatoire de Lausanne and jazz at Conservatoire de Montreux. Her commissioned compositions have been performed in concert, on radio, and for dance and theatre productions. She has released eight CDs as a leader, five CDs as co-leader, and has appeared on more than 20 recordings as a guest or side performer.

Feldman grew up, studied and worked in Chicago before landing in Nashville, where he played violin in a variety of styles including classical, pop, and country. Feldman has performed as a soloist for orchestras nationally and internationally.

Both Courvoisier and Feldman are well-known and active in New York City's downtown jazz scene. Courvoisier has appeared once before on the Jazz at Bucknell series, in an exceptional duo performance with saxophonist Ellery Eskelin in 2006.

Produced by Phil Haynes, Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing 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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