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2 CDs of Canadian history put together by Normand Guilbeault that covers original compositions, native chants, gigues, reels, songs of the period, military marches and improvisation.

Guilbeault, Normand
Riel, Plaidoyer Musical / Musical Plea [2 CDs]

Guilbeault, Normand: Riel, Plaidoyer Musical / Musical Plea [2 CDs] (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Label: Ambiances Magnetiques    
Released in: Canada    

"On the eve of the 114th anniversary of the hanging of the Franco-Manitoban Métis leader Louis Riel in Regina on 16 November 1885, double bass player Normand Guilbeault is launching his 2-CD work entitled Riel, Plaidoyer musical / Musical Plea, recorded in February at the Lion d’Or in Montréal.
The result of four years of diligent research, Riel, Plaidoyer musical / Musical Plea sheds new light on one of the little-known and most controversial episodes in Canadian history.
With Riel, Plaidoyer musical / Musical Plea, Normand Guilbeault and his large group of outstanding musicians invite us to discover a historical and musical epic set on the Manitoban frontier. Original compositions, native chants, gigues, reels, songs of the period, military marches and improvisation are woven to create the fabric of a vibrant work that combines politics and poetry. Music, chants, political texts and poetry surprise, delight and assert without compromise."-Ambiances Magnetique

"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: 771028107322

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM 073 CD
Squidco Product Code: 568

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: NEW
Released: 1999
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray Box
Recorded February 20th and 21st, 1999 at Lion d'Or in Montreal, CA.


Normand Guilbeault-direction, double bass, vocals

Lou Babin-accordion, percussion, vocals

Marc Villemure

Sylvain Provost-acoustic guitar, electric guitar

Jean Derome-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, vocals, flute

Mathieu Bélanger-clarinet, bass clarinet

Paul Léger-drums

Pierre Tanguay-drums, percussion, vocals

François Gourd-narration

Bob Olivier-narration

Claude Lavergne-percussion

Tom Walsh-trombone

Ivanhoe Jolicœur-trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals

Jean René-viola, vocals

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Track Listing:

Disc 1

1 Nous sommes métis 5:08
2 Dr. Schultz and the Orangemen 5:13
3 Riel confronte les arpenteurs 3:02

4 L’avis à McDougall 4:35

5 La barrière de St-Norbert 4:52

6 La prise du Fort Garry 7:21

7 La fausse proclamation royale de William McDougall 4:21

8 Fort Schultz 2:48

9 La rébellion de Portage-la-Prairie 3:31

10 Thomas Scott 3:47

Disc 2

1 Propagande haineuse en Ontario 1:18

2 La soldatesque se décha”ne 4:01

3 L’exil 10:58

4 Les 4 délégués de la Saskatchewan 4:33

5 L’exovidat 4:06

6 La bataille du Lac-aux-Canards 3:55

7 La victoire de l’Anse-aux-Poissons 7:49

8 Batoche 6:00

9 Le procès 8:51

10 Riel monte à l’échafaud 2:47

11 Hymne à Louis Riel 6:05

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