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4th Dangereux Zhoms 4th release, mixing scored music, improv, polyphony, polyrhythms, irregular meters, rich harmonies and polymodalism with humor and imagination.

Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, Jean
To Continue

Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, Jean : To Continue (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Label: Ambiances Magnetiques    
Released in: Canada    

"DZ's new album To Continue (2007) takes the group's unique features further: cohabitation between layers of scored music and free improvisation, polyphony, polyrhythms, irregular meters, complex forms, rich harmonies and polymodalism. To Continue presents eight new Derome originals, all given top-rate performances bursting with creativity, tightness, drive, and fire.

The Dangereux Zhoms are currently reaffirming their jazz roots, while maintaining a radical discipline of collective improvisation and sonic experimentation.

The Dangereux Zhoms are balancing imagination, humor, and physical playing. Their music is full of intense improvised passages and catchy tunes. It makes the music completely unclassifiable, which agrees very well with the group's leader. As Derome said to Coda in 1995: "I'm playing music. Not jazz or any other genre per se; only music, period."

In Exclaim!, Richard Moule described the musicians in this ensemble as "adventurous players who gracefully jump, straddle, and zigzag along every corner of the musical realm. Avant-rock, jazz styles ranging from Free to Bop and Cool, contemporary academic music, and funk only serve as springboards for their impish and creative excursions."

Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms was formed in 1992 for the opening concert of the 10th Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV). The group gave many concerts in Montréal and Québec, and in major Canadian cities, in addition to appearing at around 10 international festivals (Germany, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, USA). In 2001, Jean Derome was awarded an Opus Award from the Conseil québécois de la musique, for his international career, both on record and on stage.

The ensemble's repertoire includes over 60 Derome originals, 25 of which appear on their first three albums: Carnets de voyage (1994), Navré (1995), and Torticolis (1998)."-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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UPC: 771028117222

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM 172
Squidco Product Code: 9101

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve

Jean Derome-alto, soprano saxophones, flute

Pierre Cartier-electric bass, voice

Guillaume Dostaler-piano

Tom Walsh-trombone

Pierre Tanguay-drumsy

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Track Listing:

1. Hiboux 10:37

2. Nez qui coule 5:01

3. To Continue 6:27

4. Cogné un genou 8:30

5. La Grenouille et le Bœuf 9:37

6. Prières 24:15