Jean Derome

Jean Derome is a cofounder of the Ambiances Magnétiques record label, and one of the most active and provocative members involved in the many creative music movements of Montréal. A recipient of the 1992 Freddie Stone Award, Derome has for many years been an innovator in the art of putting sounds together and of taking sounds apart. As an accomplished musician, composer, interpreter, instrumentalist (actually, a multi-instrumentalist) and improvisor, he has been working to enlarge the boundaries of music for more than thirty years.

Derome can select from amongst his wide training (in the classical, ancient, baroque, contemporary, pop, folk, jazz, modal, tonal, atonal, twelve-tone, and cacophonous schools), mix together a vast range of elements and re-express them in an eclectic language that is completely contemporary. His experience and experiments with Montrealers René Lussier and Pierre Tanguay, his collaborations with evey musician of the Ambiances Magnétiques label as well Fred Frith and Lars Hollmer (both from Europe), his approach to improvisation, and his studies into tone and texture all point to his creative intensity. Similarly, his numerous projects with the theatre directors Denis Marleau, Claude Poissant, Lorraine Pintal; choreographers Louise Bédard, Ginette Laurin, Andrew L. Harwood; filmakers Jacques Leduc, Pierre Hébert, Micdka Saäl, Michelle Cournoyer, John Walker bear witness to his commitment to rediscovering the legitimate place and function of music in the theatre, the dance and the cinema.

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