L’Année Jean Derome

Photograph of composer/saxophonist Jean Derome.

Jean Derome, Montreal 2014.

As this issue of Improv Notes is being written and assembled in southwestern Ontario, to the east our neighbours in Québec are entering a new year— l’Année Jean Derome, celebrating the composer / saxophonist’s forty years of music-making and musical community-building. In keeping with the artist’s iconoclastic nature, L’Année Jean Derome is a thirteen-month year, beginning April 28, 2015 and extending to June 10, 2016, including performances by a wide range of Derome ensembles, and the premiere of the Richard Jutras film Derome ou les turbulences musicales. L’Année Jean Derome has been declared by  Derome himself, and the record label DAME, and is made possible by a Career Grant of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), “and the help of all the different music associations, ensembles, festivals and musicians involved in its activities.” (Thanks to Scott Thomson for bringing this Canadian musical milestone to our attention.)

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