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The duo of Jean Derome and Rene Lussier on their third album of composition and improvisation that was recorded live with no overdubs.

Les Granules
Au Royaume du Silencieux

Les Granules: Au Royaume du Silencieux (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Label: Ambiances Magnetiques    
Released in: Canada    

"We've been working together, composing, interpreting and improvising since 1978. We impose no stylistic restrictions on ourselves and believe that beauty can be had in the incongruous coming together of stories and ideas. Our collaboration has always been based on the work of the man-orchestra, the integration of sound tapes, an almost cinematographic vision of musical series and a broad stylistic field extending from improvised music to folk, and from contemporary music to rock.

Au royaume du silencieux is our third album. The pieces have been recorded in real time with no overdubbing. The resulting sound is rougher than our earlier records. Each composed or improvised piece was studiously restructured through collage. Slight differences in pulse, tuning as well as subtle shifts in tempo or from one recording to another, have been left evident rather than hidden thus creating a mosaic or quilted effect."-Les Granules

"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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Product Information:

UPC: 771028101825

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM018CD
Squidco Product Code: 508

Format: CD
Condition: NEW
Released: 1992
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded November 20th-24th, 1989 at Studio Victor, Montreal.


Jean Derome-flute, alto saxophone, appeaux, boite a rythme, syntesizers, piano, vocals, cassettes

Rene Lussier-electric guitar, percussion, vocals, cassettes

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Track Listing:

1 Avez-vous travaillé? 9:06

2 La carar... (chanz d'assentir les sûmes du jus) 6:42

3 Le tango qui ne finit jamais 4:32

4 La chicaneuse 4:01

5 Le grand pourquoi dans l'fond 1:35

6 Blip (ou l'oxydation des sentiments d'après Jean-Sébastien Bach) 3:09

7 Canada Dry 4:29

8 Rêves et menteries 8:05

9 La bombe 2:12

10 L'homme et le froid 2:23

11 Lé(s) Légumes 4:50

12 L'heure avancée 2:48

13 Papa-sapin-rouge 5:24

14 La fin du monde 1:49

15 Troc de viande 3:11

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