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American classical and jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine brings an eclectic array of disciplines and influences to his music. His own Jewish heritage, his classical and jazz training, and his interest in electronics combine in ambitious hybrids that are often challenging but always inventive. Emerging in the early '90s, Caine debuted with several albums alongside clarinetist Don Byron, including 1992's Sphere Music, which introduced his eclectic mix of post-bop, klezmer, and classical influences. He then issued a stream of genre-bending albums for the Winter & Winter label like 1997's Gustav Mahler / Uri Caine: Urlicht / Primal Light, 2000's The Goldberg Variations, and 2007's Grammy-nominated The Othello Syndrome, all of which showcased his adventurous jazz reinventions of classical compositions. While classical music is a major part of Caine's sound, he is equally adept at expansive modal jazz and funk-influenced music, as heard on 2000's The Philadelphia Experiment with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Questlove. He has also paired for projects that straddle jazz and the avant-garde with similarly inclined contemporaries including Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Donny McCaslin, and others.
Pianist/composer Sylvie Courvoisier has led several groups over the years and has recorded 8 albums as a band leader - solo, in Trio with with Kenny Wollesen & Drew Gress or leading other ensembles (Lonelyville, Abaton, Ocre ) and appeared in about 50 albums (25 CDs co-leader and 25 CDs as a side person) for different labels, notably ECM , Tzadik and Intakt Records. Courvoisier has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Yusef Lateef, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Tim Berne, Nate Wooley, Susie Ibarra, Wadada Leo Smith and the flamenco dancer Israel Galvan among others. Currently, she is the leader her own Trio with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress ; coleads Miller’s Tale Quartet with Evan Parker, Ikue Mori and Mark Feldman and is a member of Mephista. Since 1997, she performs regularly in solo and in Duo with Mark Feldman."