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Eve Risser

Eve Risser grew up in the Alsace and studied first in Eastern France, then in Paris and Baltimore. She was already a known figure on the French and European scene for new improvised music when Daniel Yvinec recruited her to the National Jazz Orchestra in 2008. With him, she worked on the Robert Wyatt project Around Robert Wyatt (2009) and on the John Hollenbeck album Shut Up and Dance (2010). She is a co-founder of the German-French-Swedish collective and label Umlaut and has toured with the duo Donkey Monkey and the Japanese drummer Yuko Oshima. In 2010 Risser founded the trio En-Corps together with Benjamin Duboc and Edward Perraud; its first album was highly acclaimed by the French and international music press. In 2011 she collaborated with the band PAK surrounding Ron Andersen (Secret Curve), but also performed with Pascal Niggenkemper and Émilie Lesbros, subsequently forming part of his ensemble Vision 7. In 2012 she and her trio with Benjamin Duboc and Edward Perraud presented the album En Corps, followed by another with the same cast in 2017. Her latest project is the French-Norwegian quintet l’Ensemble-ensEmble with Mari Kvien-Brunvoll, Kim Myhr, Toma Gouband and George Dumitriù. For ten years, Eve Risser has been developing her own musical language in her piano playing, using not only the keys but also the instrument’s insides, which she treats percussively with the help of various materials. She released the album Des pas sur la neige in 2015 and Après un rêve, a rhythmic trance on prepared piano, in 2019. She has received commissions from the BBC Proms, the harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, Créations Mondiales, France Musique and other institutions. Her project White Desert Orchestra, which she first introduced during the Banlieues Bleues Festival in Paris in 2015, transcends the boundaries between classical music, jazz and contemporary music. Risser lives in Paris.

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