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Derome, Jean

Confitures de Gagaku [Used Item]

Derome, Jean: Confitures de Gagaku <i>[Used Item]</i> (Victo)

Live recordings and Derome's first release under his own name, inspired by Japanese magic squares and haikus, and performed in a group including Actuelle collective members Pierre Tanguay and Pierre Cartier.

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UPC: 777405000521

Label: Victo
Catalog ID: CD 005
Squidco Product Code: 23127

Format: CD
Condition: VG+
Released: 1993
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
This is a USED (previously owned) item


Carol Bergeron-drums

Pierre Cartier-bass

Jean Derome-alto sax, flute, bass flute, voice

Catherine Dostaler-alto sax, DX 100, flute

Guillaume Dostaler-piano, JX 3P

Allan Laforest-flute, piccolo

Robert Lepage-clarinet, bass clarinet

Jean-Denis Levasseur-alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet

Pierre Olivier-sound technician

Virginia Spicer-flute

Pierre Tanguay-drums, percussion

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"Confitures de Gagaku ("Gagaku Jam" or "Gagaku Preserves") was Jean Derome's first album under his own name. The idea for this project, inspired by Japanese gagaku, magic squares, and haïkus, dates back to 1983. Over the next five years, Derome composed the 11 pieces that would come together on this album. Some, such as "Saturne" and "Oiseaux," were first recorded for his duo albums with René Lussier. Derome recorded Confitures de Gagaku in Winter 1988 with an 11-piece ensemble made of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, keyboards (piano and synthesizers), double bass, percussion, and vocals. Some names are regulars of the Ambiances Magnétiques stables: Pierre Cartier, Guillaume Dostaler, Robert M. Lepage, Jean-Denis Levasseur, Pierre Tanguay. Others are less usual contributors and one must point out the presence of jazz singer Karen Young who plays a central role in the project, delicately giving life to the haïkus. Confitures de Gagaku is not Japanese music and does not sound the least exotic for that matter. This is musique actuelle of the purest Montreal brand, only it is less frenetic than usual: slower pace, bigger place for silence, more meditative. But "Nouveaux Oiseaux" is a typical angular-bouncy Derome melody. Somewhere between jazz, contemporary classical, and Fred Frith's softer projects, Confitures de Gagaku, albeit occasional lengths ("Lonely Eye Can't See," for example), was a very strong debut, inhabited by a calm atmosphere one will rarely find again in Derome's works. The album was recorded direct to two digital tracks with one stereo microphone. Surprisingly, sound quality is very good."-François Couture, All Music

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Artist Biographies:

"Jean Derome. Born Montréal, Québec, 1955. esidence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (saxophones (alto, baritone, soprano), flutes (flute, bass flute, piccolo, alto flute, recorders), keyboards, small wind instruments (ocarinas, jew's harp, game calls, toys...), percussion, invented instruments, voice)

One of the most active and eclectic musicians on the Canadian creative music scene, Jean Derome has managed to earn the recognition of a larger public, a rare feat in that field. Thanks to his large-scale musique actuelle projects, his compositions, his work as an improviser, his jazz groups and his music for the screen and the stage, Derome ranks as a major creative force, in Québec and abroad. He is experienced and innovative on both saxophone and flute, and his unique writing style cannot be mistaken for anyone else's. Sensitive and powerful, his music often features a funny strike that makes its complex nature more inviting.

Ever since Nébu (one of Québec's first avant-garde jazz groups) in the early '70s, Derome has been consistently renewing and diversifying his approach of composition. He impressed audience and critics first with the flute, then with the saxophone, as a lead character in the musique actuelle underground. He took part to the various artists' collectives looking for new ways to express themselves freely, without esthetic or social constraints, including the Ensemble de musique improvisée de Montréal. Later, in the early '80s, he co-founded Ambiances Magnétiques, a collective and record label that raised his profile at home and introduced his name to the outside world. Among his numerous projects, let us mention the duos Les Granules, Nous perçons les oreilles and Plinc! Plonc!, the dynamic group Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, and the large-scale projects Confitures de gagaku, Je me souviens - Hommage à Georges Perec and Canot-camping. Most of these projects are based on a unique form of synergy between composition, structured improvisation and genuine creative madness, all this articulated with unmatched playfulness. In 1992, Derome became the second artist to be presented with the Freddie Stone Award (bassist Lisle Ellis was the first).

Besides improvising on a regular basis with Ambiances Magnétiques' members and appearing in their projects, Derome has also shared the stage with several musicians of international stature, among others Fred Frith, Lars Hollmer, Louis Sclavis and Han Bennink. He performs regularly all over Canada, in the US and in Europe. He received a Prix Opus in 2001 for his exposure abroad.

Lately, jazz circles have been praising his undisputable qualities as a jazzman, thanks to the Thelonious Monk tribute project Évidence, the Normand Guilbeault Ensemble (whose Mingus Erectus CD is devoted to Charles Mingus' music), and the much-lauded Derome Guilbeault Tanguay Trio.

Although Jean Derome writes tirelessly for his own projects, he is much in demand in the fields of film, theatre and dance. A short list of this side of his work would have to include his numerous scores for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), especially for films by John Walker, Jacques Leduc, Fernand Bélanger and animated films by Pierre Hébert, Michèle Cournoyer and Jean Detheux; his incidental music for Théâtre UBU, Théâtre de Quat'Sous and Théâtre du Nouveau Monde; not forgetting his work with several top choreographers, including Louise Bédard, Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood, Daniel Soulières and Ginette Laurin. Other music ensembles have commissioned works from him, including Tuyo, Bradyworks, the Hard Rubber Orchestra from Vancouver and Fanfare Pourpour. Incidentally, Derome is the musical director of the latter.

Over thirty years of music and 70 record credits later, Jean Derome still has sleeves bursting with tricks."

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