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Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer, a major figure in the free improvisation world, turned 70 today. Here’s a couple of clips to mark the occasion.

Solo:

In the trio “Les Diaboliques”, with long term collaborators Maggie Nicols (voice) and Joëlle Léandre. This starts off as a piece of improv performance art before turning into a rather good version of…well, that would be telling.

Many happy returns, Irène!

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