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Violinist Del Fabbro (Fanfare Pourpour, Rouge Ciel) present 13 pieces for up to ten players with Jean Derome, Pierre Tanguay in a melting pot of avant-rock & compositional forms.

Fabbro, Guido Del

Fabbro, Guido Del : Agregats (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Label: Ambiances Magnetiques    
Released in: Canada    

"Agrégats presents 13 pieces orchestrated for acoustic instruments, with a touch of electronics, performed by a shapeshifting ensemble directed by Guido Del Fabbro. A tentet at its largest, this group brings together individuals from various generations and musical backgrounds, all highly talented performers and improvisers. Flautist Jean Derome and Pierre Tanguay on percussion and objects are pillars of the local "musique actuelle" scene and renown jazzmen; accordionist Luzio Altobelli, clarinetist Pierre-Emmanuel Poizat (both from Manouche and Fanfare Pourpour), and clarinetist Guillaume Bourque (Manouche, Lara), are well versed in world and pop music; trombonist Nicolas Therrien plays jazz and Brazilian music; Philippe Brault on doublebass works in pop music; cellist Sheila Hannigan plays tango, classical music, and pop; drummer Stefan Schneider (Bell Orchestre, Iks, Jorane) does modern jazz and post-rock. The ensemble is rounded up by Guido Del Fabbro on violin and electronics.

The music, mirroring the group's lineup, combines several musical currents, without ever forcing them into the melting pot. Guido Del Fabbro's work as an arranger focuses on the possible combinations of tones highlighting the melodic aspect of the repertoire, which has a foot in traditional folk music and another in avant-rock territory. An intense work performed by an unmatched ensemble, whose conductor will definitely surprise you."-Ambiances Magnetiques

"Guido Del Fabbro. Born Montréal, Québec, 1980. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (violin, electronics).

Born in Montréal, 1980, Guido Del Fabbro started violin lessons at age four. His taste for improvisation and composition first manifested itself around 1990; since then, he has taken several classes and workshops related to these fields. Del Fabbro is co-founder, creator and composer of Mouvement de Musique Présente, a large ensemble of up-and-coming musicians devoted to scored and improvised music. He is also a member of the groups Fanfare Pourpour, Rouge ciel and Concorde Crash. For 18 months, he toured North America with Gilles Ste-Croix's horse circus Cheval-Théâtre. As a performer, he has recorded a few soundtracks for film, television, theatre and dance. As a composer, he has written music for choreographers Élodie Lombardo (Blou take two, Gelsomina) and Séverine Lombardo (Les Accords d'elles). Del Fabbro released his first solo album, Carré de sable, in 2003, on Ambiances Magnétiques. He can be heard on the latest albums by Tomás Jensen and Loco Locass. He is an accompanying multi-instrumentalist in Pierre Lapointe's show La forêt des mal-aimés."

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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."

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Product Information:

UPC: 771028116720

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM 167
Squidco Product Code: 8846

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock foldover

Guido Del Fabbro-violin, electronics, bird calls

Luzio Altobelli-accordion

Guillaume Bourque-clarinet

Philippe Brault-doublebass

Jean Derome-flute, bass flute, bird calls

Sheila Hannigan-cello

Pierre Emmanuel Poizat-clarinet

Stefan Schneider-drums

Pierre Tanguay-percussion, tools, bird calls

Nicolas Therrien-trombone

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Track Listing:

1. Las stable es stable (1999) 4:57

2. La débâcle (2006) 5:14

  Les lettres (2005-06) 8:13

3. première partie 1:10

4. deuxième partie 3:54

5. troisième partie 3:09

6. Le curare et la ciguë (2005-06) 6:26

7. Dialogues (2006) 5:03

8. Moissine (2007) :25

9. Marches! (2006) 3:15

10. Décembre (2006) 3:22

11. Sous-bois (2005) 4:36

12. Interlude résiduel (2007) 4:29

13. Happy Ending (2005) 2:13