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A double CD set of fourteen songs based on the poetry of Yves Bonnefoy, composed by bassist Pierre Cartier and executed by two females voices, one man's, three brass instruments, two saxophones, one double-bass and two trap sets.

Cartier, Pierre
Chansons de Douve [2 CDs]

Cartier, Pierre: Chansons de Douve [2 CDs] (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Label: Ambiances Magnetiques    
Released in: Canada    

"Pierre Cartier, composer and bass player, has been featured in DAME's catalogue with its CD Les fleurs du tapis and his performance in ensembles such as Évidence and Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms. His new project, "Chansons de Douve" ("Songs of Douve"), has been many years in the making and is now available on double CD.

Fourteen songs based on poems by Yves Bonnefoy, which form a profound ceremonial that goes to the heart of poetic investigation, the source of what we may call the sacred. This is the poetry of essence, stripped of ornaments, a pivot between the ontological and the mystical.

Are dialoging two females voices, one man's, three brass instruments, two saxophones, one double-bass and two trap sets. Vocal polyphony and unisons, composed development and improvised solos. "Chansons de Douve" is a suite of mediations on presence and emptiness."-Ambiances Magnetiques

"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: 771028105625

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM056CD
Squidco Product Code: 548

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 1998
Country: Canada
Packaging: 2 CDs in a single Jewel tray

Pierre Cartier-electric bass, vocals

Pierre Tanguay-drums

Noëlla Huet-mezzo-soprano vocals

Julien Grégoire-percussion

Jean-Denis Levasseur-alto saxophone

Jean Derome-alto saxophone, flute

Angèle Trudeau-soprano vocals

Sylvain Jacob-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone

Tom Walsh-tenor trombone

Ivanhoe Jolicoeur-trumpet

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Track Listing:

CD 1:

1 Je te voyais 14:14

2 Présence exacte 3:31

3 Que saisir sinon 2:43

4 Le seul témoin 1 5:41

5 Le seul témoin 2 12:42

6 Vrai nom 7:14

7 Vrai corps 9:18

CD 2:

1 Douve parle (passacaille) 7:41

2 Une voix 2:54

3 Mais que se taise 5:34

4 Je prendrai dans mes mains 5:24

5 Ainsi marchons-nous 11:17

6 Vrai lieu (chant de la compassion) 3:20

7 Lieu de la salamandre 6:44

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