Irene Schweizer & Pierre Favre
Here we meet two Swiss musicians who have long been central to European free jazz and improvisational music. The pianist Irene Schweizer can be both hard-hitting and delicately lyrical; her expression is diverse, surprising and never boring. She has played a lot in a duo with drummers. At Kongsberg, she meets a musician with whom she has had a long and creative collaboration for many years, Pierre Favre. These two musicians have almost cult status, and anyone who has experienced a concert with them understands why. Then they demonstrate what interaction really is. They improvise freely, but listen to each other, accept challenges and throw back new ideas. And all the while they manage to keep a form and a structure to the musical course. Following these two is extremely fascinating!
In the first half of the 1960's the two Swiss musicians individually explored the new musical form of expression that went under the name avant-garde jazz. In 1966 they met for the first time at the Montreux festival, and from then on they have worked both as a duo and in various groups. Today, these two are seen as the real pioneers of European free jazz and improvisation.