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Albums by Irène Schweizer

First Choice - Piano Solo KKL Luzern
To Whom It May Concern - Piano Solo Tonhalle Zürich
Wilde Señoritas / Hexensabbat
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First Choice First Choice 19:56    
Album only
Track length:19:56
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer - piano
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded October 8, 2005 at Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern, KKL Luzern Engineer: Martin Pearson | Mixed and mastered by Martin Pearson Liner Notes: Lislot Frei. Photos: KKL Luzern, Francesca Pfeffer. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder | Produced, published, copyright by Intakt Records. Executive production: Patrik Landolt
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700600401
2
Into the Hall of Fame Into the Hall of Fame 10:13    
Album only
Track length:10:13
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700600402
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The Ballad of the Sad Café The Ballad of the Sad Café 4:25    
Album only
Track length:4:25
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700600403
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Scratching at the KKL Scratching at the KKL 6:32    
Album only
Track length:6:32
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700600404
5
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Pia… The Loneliness of the Long Distance Piano Player 5:16    
Album only
Track length:5:16
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700600405
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Oska T Oska T 4:39    
Album only
Track length:4:39
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Thelonious Monk
ISRC: CH2700600406
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Jungle Beats II Jungle Beats II 4:06    
Album only
Track length:4:06
Artist: Irène Schweizer
Performer: Irène Schweizer
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Intakt Records
Composer: Irène Schweizer
ISRC: CH2700600407

Sometimes there are special occasions for no special reason, even without a “round” birthday – as at the Cultural and Congress Center in Lucerne (KKL) on October 8, 2005: Irène Schweizer performed in one of the world’s best classical-music concert halls, bringing her own culture and people along and raising the temperature of this perfectly cool space for a few hours.

A first, long improvisation called “First Choice.” For twenty minutes, Irène Schweizer unwound for the evening, arriving, in the course of this long-distance run, at one of the wild African dances her audience loves so much. With the ambitious second improvisation, “Into the Hall of Fame,” Irène made her definitive entrance into that hall, and as the audience did not care about the usual KKL coolness and communicated its appreciation to the artist on the stage, the distance between them was soon overcome. Irène addicts knew the tender “Ballad of the Sad Café” from previous concerts and her CD “Piano Solo I.”(Intakt CD 020). Afterwards, she humorously scratched at the varnish of the luxurious building she was playing in. She would later call this restrained attack “Scratching at the KKL”, in which she rode the piano strings with finger cymbals, felt mallets, and a red Chinese toy drum. Next, “Loneliness of the Long Distance Piano Player” provided an ironic perspective on the inner life of such a pianist, its title based on Alan Sillitoe’s novel “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.” Every solo pianist is alone on stage, but even more alone in the KKL, and an hour of solo playing here means at least a 5000-meter run. She concluded with homages to her piano favorite Thelonious Monk (“Oska T.”) and to Don Cherry (“Jungle Beats II”). The “II,” by the way, makes clear that Irène is not only a free improviser but also a prolific composer in her own right – of compositions that are new and different every time. No encores – the audience could clamor as much as it liked; that was enough.

1 First Choice 19 : 18
2 Into the Hall of Fame 9 : 49
3 The Ballad of the Sad Café 3 : 57
4 Scratching at the KKL 5 : 51
5 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Piano Player 4 : 49
6 Oska T. 3 : 12
7 Jungle Beats II 3 : 22

All compositions by Irène Schweizer (SUISA) except “Oska T.” by Thelonious Monk
Recorded October 8, 2005 at Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern, KKL Luzern
Engineer: Martin Pearson | Mixed and mastered by Martin Pearson
Liner Notes: Lislot Frei. Photos: KKL Luzern, Francesca Pfeffer.
Graphic design: Jonas Schoder |
Produced, published, copyright by Intakt Records.
Executive production: Patrik Landolt
Intakt CD 108 | 2006

About Irène Schweizer:

One of the most important players in European jazz, Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer has made music bristling with spontaneity and curiosity for more than four decades now. Enraptured by the high-energy acrobatics of Cecil Taylor in the late 60s, she left the safety of straight jazz and fell in with fiercely individualistic players like Evan Parker and Peter Brötzmann, but not even the most aggressive partners have curdled the lyricism at the core of her style. She’s worked occasionally as a drummer, and her piano playing is also highly rhythmic – she’s a natural for duets with drummers, like the opening track of the recent live disc Willisau & Taktlos (Intakt), where she and Hamid Drake dart and jab like Astaire and Rogers dancing on coals. But she might be even stronger solo: without a drummer’s toes to step on, she can stretch out into that role as well. Her left-hand parts are thunderous and lively, with a strong sense of space and syncopation, and her ebullient, pixie-ish melo...