IRÈNE SCHWEIZER

Avant-Garde Jazz • Switzerland
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Born 1941, piano, drums.

Irène Schweizer's interest in music was particularly sparked by the dancebands she heard in her father's restaurant and by the opportunity to investigate the various instruments that had been left lying around. From around the age of twelve she began to experiment with early jazz styles on the piano and then at fourteen started to play the drums. Three years later she was beginning to move to 'modern jazz' and in 1960 the group that she was in entered an amateur festival in Zurich. In 1961/62 she worked as an au pair in England and also took piano lessons, particularly with the blind pianist Eddie Thompson from who she learned styles from stride to bebop. At this time she was playing hard bop and soul jazz similar to the music of Horace Silver.

On her return to Switzerland, she formed a trio with drummer Mani Neumeier and Uli
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Intakt Records 1995
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IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Discography

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IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Dewan Motihar Trio, Irene Schweizer Trio, Manfred Schoof, Barney Wilen ‎: Jazz Meets India album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Dewan Motihar Trio, Irene Schweizer Trio, Manfred Schoof, Barney Wilen ‎: Jazz Meets India
Avant-Garde Jazz 1967
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Iréne Schweizer  / Omri Ziegele ‎: Where's Africa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Iréne Schweizer / Omri Ziegele ‎: Where's Africa
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Irène Schweizer / Han Bennink : Welcome Back album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Irène Schweizer / Han Bennink : Welcome Back
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015

IRÈNE SCHWEIZER EPs & splits

IRÈNE SCHWEIZER live albums

IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Schweizer/Carl Quartet : Goose Pannée album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Schweizer/Carl Quartet : Goose Pannée
Avant-Garde Jazz 1974
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Ramifications album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ramifications
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Messer (with Carl / Moholo) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Messer (with Carl / Moholo)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1976
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Wilde Señoritas album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wilde Señoritas
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER The Very Centre Of Middle Europe (with  Rüdiger Carl) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Centre Of Middle Europe (with Rüdiger Carl)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Tuned Boots (with  Carl / Moholo) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tuned Boots (with Carl / Moholo)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Hexensabbat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hexensabbat
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Die V-Mann Suite (with Rüdiger Carl) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Die V-Mann Suite (with Rüdiger Carl)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Live At Taktlos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Taktlos
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Irène Schweizer & Louis Moholo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Irène Schweizer & Louis Moholo
Avant-Garde Jazz 1987
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Irene Schweizer & Günter Sommer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Irene Schweizer & Günter Sommer
Avant-Garde Jazz 1988
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER The Storming of the Winter Palace album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Storming of the Winter Palace
Avant-Garde Jazz 1988
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Irène Schweizer & Andrew Cyrille album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Irène Schweizer & Andrew Cyrille
Avant-Garde Jazz 1989
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Irène Schweizer & Pierre Favre album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Irène Schweizer & Pierre Favre
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Piano Solo Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Solo Vol. 1
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Piano Solo Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Solo Vol. 2
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Les Diaboliques album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Les Diaboliques
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Piano Solo: Many And One Direction album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Solo: Many And One Direction
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Irène Schweizer & Han Bennink album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Irène Schweizer & Han Bennink
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER European Masters Of Improvisation (with Mani Neumeier) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
European Masters Of Improvisation (with Mani Neumeier)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Les Diaboliques : Splitting Image album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Les Diaboliques : Splitting Image
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Les Diaboliques: Live At The Rhinefalls album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Les Diaboliques: Live At The Rhinefalls
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Chicago Piano Solo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chicago Piano Solo
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Irène Schweizer / Pierre Favre ‎– Ulrichsberg album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Irène Schweizer / Pierre Favre ‎– Ulrichsberg
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER First Choice: Piano Solo KKL Luzern album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First Choice: Piano Solo KKL Luzern
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Live Willisau & Taktlos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Willisau & Taktlos
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER To Whom It May Concern album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To Whom It May Concern
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Schweizer - Favre : Live In Zürich album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Schweizer - Favre : Live In Zürich
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Spring album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spring
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Irène Schweizer / Joey Baron : Live album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Irène Schweizer / Joey Baron : Live
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017

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IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Early Tapes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Early Tapes
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Portrait album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Portrait
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005

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IRÈNE SCHWEIZER Dewan Motihar Trio, Irene Schweizer Trio, Manfred Schoof, Barney Wilen ‎: Jazz Meets India

Album · 1967 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Sean Trane
Well, more than a Schweizer album, this one would deserve to be her trio’sdrummer Mani Neumeier’s album, because he’s the one at the very inception of this project. To her own admission, pianist Irene Schweizer knew nothing of Indian music (outside listening to a few Ravi Shankar albums) but was attracted modal jazz through from whatever she’d heard from Trane and Tyner. Before that, first starting out as a Dixieland jazz in her early teens, she’d become a Soul-jazz and Hard Bop expert after spending a few years in England with Eddie Thompson and of course would later end up with the Feminist Improvising Group, where some Henry Cow members came through as well. Her trio was formed with two future Guru Guru members: the afore-mentioned Neumeier and bassist Uli Trepte.

As said above, Neumaier had connections with Sitar-player Dewan Mothar and through producer Joachim Berendt, the double trio joined for an Indo-Jazz project along with wind-players Barney Willen and Manfred Schoof. Only three tracks on the album, but the Neumeier and Motihar composition Sun Love is a stunning almost 18-mins piece that often goes wildly improvised and dissonant, but at first the Indian trio starts out on tambura and sitar, before tabla drums join. Irène’s Tyner-like piano enters before Mani’s manic drums and Trepte’s bowed contrabass do. While the two trios have made it rather dissonant and avant-garde, it’s Willen’s trumpet that sets fire to your B&W speakers, but Mani’s demented skin-pounding takes the whole thing to a superior level. On the flipside, the shorter Yaad is a delicious track where Motihar scats beautifully, only interrupted halfway through by Schoofs’ soft sax, and then they engage in a call and response with Willen trumpet in the background and Trepte arbitrating it with his bowed bass. Awesome!!! The closing Ganges track is penned by Schoof and opens on squeaks and growls from Willen and Trepte, continues in complete mayhem (Mani and Irène helping out) with brief resurgences of Indian grooves to zero-in again, but only temporarily, because the madness soon returns. Again, awesome.

BTW: you’ll find Motihar and Sathe (though with their names spelled differently) in Joe Harriett’s Indo-Jazz fusion albums in the next couple years. Though I’ve probably only skimmed the surface of Indo-Jazz Fusion, I suspect that this Jazz Meets India will probably remain in my tops for years to come, as this is much stronger than anything Harriott or McLaughlinn ever did in the next decade or so. If you must own only one Indo-Jazz Fusion in your shelves, this should/could be it.

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