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(1955 - )
Since Nébu - one of Québec’s first avant-garde jazz combos in the early 1970s - saxophonist, flutist and composer Jean Derome has been one of Canada’s creative music scene most active and eclectic voices.
His large-scale Musique actuelle projects (Confitures de gagaku, Je me souviens — Hommage à Georges Perec, Canot-camping, Résistances); his forays into improvisation (solo and with Joane Hétu, Lori Freedman, Pierre Tanguay, Malcolm Goldstein, René Lussier, Lars Hollmer, Fred Frith, Han Bennink, to name a few); his jazz groups (Évidence and the Trio Derome Guilbeault Tanguay); his powerful ensemble Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms; his countless collaborations (Fanfare Pourpour, Ratchet Orchestra, Ensemble SuperMusique, Normand Guilbeault Ensemble) and his compositions for film, theatre and dance have established Derome as a major creative force over decades of dedicated commitment to new music.
Jean Derome performs regularly across Canada, the USA and Europe; his discography features more than 85 records over a 40-year career. His creativity won him several awards, including the prestigious Career Grant (2012-2014) awarded by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the 2001 Opus Prize celebrating his international activities and the 1992 Freddie Stone Award in recognition of his commitment to Canada’s creative music.
Jean Derome is also a founding member of the label Ambiances Magnétiques.