The first recording of Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, recorded in concerts around Montréal in March 94, with eleven excellent pieces written by Derome.
Derome, Jean et les Dangereux Zhoms; Cartier, Derome, Dostaler, Lussier, Tanguay, Walsh
Carnets de voyage
Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Released in: Canada
"In 1992, Jean Derome received the Freddie Stone Award for his artistic integrity and his contribution to canadian new music for the last twenty years. A composer, interpreter, multi-instrumentalist and improviser, he can be found wherever things are happening in Montréal. He is a regular member of a number of groups, mainly Évidence, Le trésor de la langue, Bruire, Les Granules (all on Ambiances Magnétiques) as well as Lars Hollmer's Looping Home Orchestra Live 1992-93; he has also created and recorded Confitures de gagaku (released on Victo label).
Not content of this already crowded track record, we are here presented "Carnets de voyage," the first recording of Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, recorded in concerts around Montréal in March 94. This electrifying CD bears witness to the extraordinary creativity of the Dangereux Zhoms and the amounts of pleasure these excellent musicians have playing together. The 11 pieces comprising Carnets de Voyage were all written by Jean Derome, in trains and hotel rooms, airports and planes, during various Canadian and European tours with Fred Frith, René Lussier and Lars Hollmer."-Ambiances Magnetiques
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"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."-ActuelleCD (http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/derome_je/)
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Recorded March 5th & 6th, 1994 at La Maison de la Culture C™te-des-Neiges, MontrŽal, CA.
Jean Derome-saxophones, flute
Pierre Cartier-electric bass
Rene Lussier-guitar, daxophone
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1 En culottes courtes, on gèle 7:53
2 Bruxelles 9:17
3 Lâchez-moé 7:20
4 Blues du loup 5:00
5 Calypso 6:36
6 Sans fin 3:57
7 Abracadabra 7:58
8 Rock (infernal) 6:02
9 Singes 5:27
10 Zuripari 3:55
11 Last Call 5:14