Eve Risser

She generates sounds that are alternately percussive, droning, ringing, buzzing and tuneful: Symphonies of colour and texture that flow with an inexorable compositional logic.

– Downbeat

Eve Risser, performer, composer and arranger of improvised music from France, is a multi-instrumentalist widely recognised as an experimental pianist on prepared and unprepared piano. Risser’s adoration of sound is evident in all her work. Her strong sonic voice, relentless sense of pulse and exceptional use of extended techniques are truly unique and her multifaceted musical creativity has been heard in various settings, festivals and groups throughout the world.

Risser has her musical roots in chamber music as a flutist and pianist, turning her interest towards the jazz and contemporary music world in her late teens. By 2008 she won 1st Piano Prize in Jazz & Improvised Music at National Conservatory in Paris and a soloist prize at the International Competition of La Défense. In 2009 Eve earned herself a place in the National Jazz Orchestra of France (ONG) directed by Danie Yvinec. She is the leader and co-leader of the group Donkey Monkey, a member of The New Songs Quartet and the trio EN-CORPS and has played and collaborated with great musicians such as John Hollenbeck, Billy Hart, Benoît Delbecq, Jon Irabagon, Mickael Formanek, Médéric Collignon and many more.

Currently Eve's musical life is based out of Paris where she is involved in organizing creative music live performances and the label UMLAUT. Risser released her debut solo album last year entitled Des Pas Sur La Neige (Footprints in the Snow) for prepared piano receiving much acclaim. In this album, the piano has been described as an ‘endless source of sonic possibility’ by The Wire and ‘quiet and complex, elegant but tense,’ by the New York Times. 

Restlessly inventive and remarkably resourceful, Risser has vaulted high up in the list of interesting pianists in one swift leap with this fascinating and exceedingly beautiful album.

– The Wire