Having worked together in many projects for many years, this is the 1st trio record from Montreal improvisers Jean Derome, Malcolm Goldstein & Rainer Wiens, six free studio improvisations showing the subtle and sophisticated dialog that such long association yields.
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Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM 214
Squidco Product Code: 18649
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded on April 12th, 2013 at Studio 270 in Montreal, Quebec, by Robert Langlois.
Jean Derome-alto saxophone, objects, flute
Rainer Wiens-prepared electric guitar, thumb piano
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1. Saturnien 10:15
2. Silences Habites 10:36
3. L'idee De Nature 7:55
4. Bamboche 12:15
5. Impromptu 5:52
6. Glissements-Souffles 9:01
Objects and Home-made Instruments
Instruments with Preparations
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"Despite having worked together in countless projects, 6 improvisations is the very first record of the outstanding trio of stellar improvisers Jean Derome, Malcolm Goldstein and Rainer Wiens.
Composer and improviser Jean Derome has been a constant presence on the Montréal scene since the early 1970s; he's closely associated to the label Ambiances Magnétiques, which he co-founded in the 1980s.
Attracted by the extraordinary vitality of its new music scene, both Malcolm Goldstein and Rainer Wiens have elected Montréal as their home more than 20 years ago.
This new improvised music project will certainly fill a gap in the three musicians' own discographies, and no doubt attract the attention of every free improv fan, both in Québec and internationally.
Derome, Goldstein and Wiens have already played together - both as a trio and as members of larger ensembles - on many occasions: from the Mercredimusics improv series curated by Derome himself, Joane Hétu and Lori Freedman (which has presented more than 250 concerts in the last 10 years) to the John Cage tribute that Goldstein organized September 5, 2012 at Montréal's Sala Rossa to celebrate what would have been the American composer's 100th birthday.
Goldstein and Wiens both appear with percussionist Ganesh Anandan on Speaking in Tongues (2003); they are also featured in Hidden Songs (1999), recorded with drummer John Heward. Both cds have been released by Ambiances Magnétiques.
Derome has played in various groups led by Wiens, including the guitarist's Fela Kuti-tribute band, Follow Follow, and the project Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (which released its eponymous record on Ambiances Magnétiques in 2009).
Finally, Wiens has been a mainstay in Derome own's project for large ensemble Canot-camping, which has been featured in new music festivals across Canada; their Canot-camping, expédition 4 was published by Ambiances Magnétiques in 2002."-Ambiances Magnetiques
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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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