Bassist Eric Normand's compositions showcase the incredibly talented quintet of James Darling (cello), Antoine Letourneau-Berger (vibes), Michel F. Cote (drums/feedback) and Jean Derome (flute, sax, birdcall).
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Label: Setola Di Maiale
Catalog ID: SM2180
Squidco Product Code: 16278
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded on October 18th, 2009 at Coop Paradis, Rimouski, Quebec.
Jean Derome-flute, alto saxophone, birdcall
Antoine Letourneau-Berger-vibes, cymbals
Michel F. Cote-drums, feedbacks
Eric Normand-electric bass
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1. Sur Un Fil 15:13
2. Sur La Glace 4:35
3. Fields, Cows and Flowers 9:41
4. Sur Deux Chaises 13:06
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"The Italian microlabel Setola di Maiale just released an excellent (yes, excellent) record by Rimouski-based bassist Éric Normand. In October 2009, Normand assembled a stellar quintet to record three of his own compositions and an original rereading of John Tchicai's Fields, Cows and Flowers. He is surrounded by Jean Derome, Michel F Côté, James Darling (cello) and Antoine Létourneau-Berger (vibes and cymbals). On Sur un fil, Normand deploys Spartan and enlightened compositional skills, and his score leaves plenty of room for all instrumentalists to showcase their extended techniques. Great level of interaction between musicians, and there's something magic going on between them and the score. A demanding but highly satisfying listen. Bravo."-François Couture, Monsieur Délire
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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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"Having first studied piano with Carmen Parent was younger, Antoine Létoumeau-Berger discovered the drums at the age of 13 years to finally enroll in 2004 Rimouski Conservatory of Music in Gabriel Dionne percussion class . He is currently studying at the undergraduate level and prepares his final examination 3 "cycle (Superior I). He taught for 3 years alongside drums and percussion music Ecole du Bas-Saint-Laurent. Over the past years he was part of Rythmus percussion group. However, his interest in music is not limited only to classical percussion. Antoine also practices rnusicale sometimes acoustic improvisation, sometimes more electronic. it happened on various occasions through collective tower arm in Rimouski, Moncton, Montreal and Saguenay as the Grand freed regional improv group that drifts Music and Ze Big band. in summer 2009, he was resident musician with duo . traces of improvised music Also, he regularly indulges in sound recording and composition in 2009 iI dialed phone game, a solo piece for multiple percussion, vibraphone and rnarimba;. he co-wrote Fissure, a work for orchestra and composed music to I'occasion spontaneous meetings the inner ear, serni-improvised piece for clarinet, violin, double bass and drums. In March 2010, it launched under the name of The Eye and the Monocle his first record intifulé
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"Eric Normand is an improviser, bassist, instrument designer, composer, songwriter, singer and record and concert producer. He defines himself as an epidisciplinary musician, a free electron driven by its yearning for meetings. As an improviser, he develop a personal and radical playing on a homemade electric bass equipped with mics and objects feedbacking and vibrating in small electronic devices, creating electric flux interrupted by the instrumental gesture. With this set, he prefer to play duets, with Jim Denley (flute and sax), Philippe Lauzier (bass clarinet and sax), Sébastien Cirotteau (trumpet), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola de gamba and electronic), Jean-Luc Guionnet (saxophone), in addition of several spontaneous encounters.
He also play in bands involved in a more specific musical genre as danced poetry with BABABA, instrumental theatre with Le Veau/ The Veal, songs with Les Pitounes and Éric Normand Chante and folk music with The Surruralits and RRRRoyal Canadian Free Form Folk Experience. Interested in collective creation and orchestral improvisation, he lead for seven years the GGRIL, a 15 pieces band that have worked with composers such as Evan Parker, Jean Derome, Robert Marcel Lepage and Michael Fischer. His music has been programmed by or performed in several festivals in Canada , Australia and Europe. It have also been broadcasted by Radio-Canada, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, Radio-Grenouille, and several college radio stations."-Eric Normand 5/16/2017
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