Rivers flow together: Irene Schweizer


Hello everyone.

It’s the weekend so there is a bit of time to catch up on the neglected Harmonium blog!

Irène Schweizer (born June 2, 1941) is a notable Swiss jazz and free improvising pianist. She was born in Schaffhausen, in 1941. She has performed and recorded numerous solo piano performances as well as performing as part of the Feminist Improvising Group, whose members include Lindsay Cooper, Maggie Nichols, Georgie Born and Sally Potter. She has also performed a series of duos with drummers Pierre Favre, Louis Moholo, Andrew Cyrille, Günter Sommer, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, as well as in trio and quartet sessions with others, including John Tchicai, Evan Parker or Peter Kowald. With Yusef Lateef, Uli Trepte and Mani Neumeier she performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967. One of her most enduring collaborations is with the improvising musician Rüdiger Carl. (Wikipedia)

This record from 1967 mixes Irene and her band with some Indian classical musicians. An interesting early combining of jazz and Hindustani classical which tends to be more jazz than India. But hey, still very worth a listen. The final track refers to two rivers: one in India the other in Germany.

Jazz Meets India

Track Listing:

01 Sun Love

02 Yaad

03 Brigach and Ganges


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