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25 chamber works composed by Montreal composer, multi-instrumentalist and improviser Jean Derome, presenting pieces from the wealth of projects he's involved in, including Dangereux Zhoms, Ensemble de flutes Alize, duos with Lori Freedmam, Quasar, quatuor de saxophones, &c.

Derome, Jean
Chamber Music 1992-2012

Derome, Jean: Chamber Music 1992-2012 (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques    
Released in: Canada    

"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."-Ambiances Magnetiques

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UPC: 771028121922

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM 219
Squidco Product Code: 20284

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio 270 in Montreal, Canada, in 2014 by Robert Langlois.


Jean Derome-composer

Jean-Marc Bouchard

Diane Caplette

Pierre Cartier

Genevieve Deraspe

Jean Derome

Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms

Josee Desautels

Guillaume Dostaler

Ensemble de flutes Alize

Ellwood Epps

Lori Freedman

Francois Gosselin

Daniel Harnois

Philip Hornsey

Yuki Isami

Marie-Chantal Leclair

Mathieu Leclair

Andre Leroux

Olivier Maranda


Jocelyne Roy

Anne-Marie Saint-Jacques

Pierre Tanguay

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Track Listing:

1. Cinq Etudes Pour Figures: 1- Jeu D'Epreuves 1:10

2. Cinq Etudes Pour Figures: 2- Jeux D'orgue 2:59

3. Cinq Etudes Pour Figures: 3- Jeu D'enfant 2:12

4. Cinq Etudes Pour Figures: 4- Jeux De Miroirs 2:21

5. Cinq Etudes Pour Figures: 5- Jeu D'un Piston 2:03

6. Les CheminEes I 1:41

7. Les CheminEes II 1:38

8. Les CheminEes III 1:56

9. Les CheminEes IV 1:51

10. Les Jumeaux: La Roue 8:42

11. Les Jumeaux: La REpEtition 7:34

12. Saint Irascible Et Le Papillon: 1- Papillon 4:39

13. Saint Irascible Et Le Papillon: 2- Irascible 2:16

14. Saint Irascible Et Le Papillon: 3- Mort En Sursis 3:52

15. Saint Irascible Et Le Papillon: 4- Activiste 2:24

16. Saint Irascible Et Le Papillon: 5- Saint Martyr 1:32

17. Saint Irascible Et Le Papillon: 6- (Dandy) 2:51

18. Oiseau-Lyre (FlanquE D'une Colonnade): 1- Autoportrait En 29 Notes 4:01

19. Oiseau-Lyre (FlanquE D'une Colonnade): 2- Oiseau-Lyre 3:11

20. Oiseau-Lyre (FlanquE D'une Colonnade): 3- La Ligne 2:01

21. (Rouge): 1-Peau (Rouge) 2:52

22. (Rouge): 2- GEante (Rouge) 2:07

23. (Rouge): 3- CarrE (Rouge) 3:01

24.(Rouge): 4- Tapis (Rouge) 3:18

25. (Rouge): 5- CarrE De Peau (Rouge) 1:47