The New & Avant-garde Music Store

Artists Jean René

Jean René has a Bachelor’s degree in composition from the Université de Montréal. He has studied viola and conducting; Raffi Armenian, Michel Longtin, and Bruno Guiranna were his professors. From 1991 to 2002, he was associate principal violist with l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal. He still freelances with a number of ensembles. Since 1990 he has collaborated with many artists, including André Duchesne, Pierre Cartier, Jean Derome and René Lussier. He also headed the group from the Ensemble SuperMusique for the Symphony of the Millennium.

Jean René

Victoriaville (Québec), 1956

Residence: Montréal (Québec)

  • Performer (viola)
  • Conductor

filrouge@progression.net

Associated Groups

Jean René
  • Ensemble SuperMusique plays the piece En arrivant par le nuage de Oort, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), April 6, 2017
  • Ensemble SuperMusique, under the direction of Lisa Cay Miller, plays the piece Water Carrier, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), April 6, 2017
  • Ensemble SuperMusique plays the piece Préoccupant, c’est préoccupant, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), April 6, 2017
  • Ensemble SuperMusique, under the direction of Jean Derome, plays Résistances, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), March 16, 2017
  • Ensemble SuperMusique plays Résistances under the direction of Jean Derome, Joane Hétu and Scott Thomson, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), March 16, 2017
  • L’Ensemble SuperMusique et quatre membres de Joker: première rangée: Martin Tétreault, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Joane Hétu, Danielle Palardy Roger, Jean Derome, Alexandre St-Onge. Deuxième rangée: Géraldine Eguiluz, , Bernard Falaise, Philippe Lauzier, Elizabeth Lima, Craig Pedersen, Lori Freedman, Jean René. Dernière rangée: Guido Del Fabbro, Gabriel Dharmoo, Scott Thomson, , Vergil Sharkya’, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Pierre-Yves Martel, Jean-Christophe Lizotte, Corinne René, Aaron Lumley, Joshua Zubot, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), April 8, 2016
  • Ensemble SuperMusique: left to right, 1st row — Guido Del Fabbro; Joshua Zubot; Jean René; Jean-Christophe Lizotte; Lori Freedman; Philippe Lauzier; Joane Hétu; Jean Derome; Cléo Palacio-Quintin — 2nd row — Kathy Kennedy; Pierre-Yves Martel; Aaron Lumley; Vergil Sharkya’; Elizabeth Lima; Isaiah Ceccarelli; Bernard Falaise; Alexandre St-Onge; Corinne René; Gabriel Dharmoo; Martin Tétreault; Ida Toninato; Scott Thomson; Craig Pedersen; Géraldine Eguiluz, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), April 8, 2016
  • Ensemble SuperMusique: left to right, 1st row — Guido Del Fabbro; Joshua Zubot; Jean René; Jean-Christophe Lizotte; Lori Freedman; Philippe Lauzier; Joane Hétu; Jean Derome; Cléo Palacio-Quintin — 2nd row — Pierre-Yves Martel; Aaron Lumley; Vergil Sharkya’; Isaiah Ceccarelli; Bernard Falaise; Corinne René; Alexandre St-Onge; Martin Tétreault; Ida Toninato; Scott Thomson; Craig Pedersen, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), April 8, 2016

Main Releases

Appearances

In the Press

Victoriaville 2012

Kurt Gottschalk, All About Jazz, June 4, 2012

The other part of Ambiances Magnétiques institutionalization came in the form of a sort of repertory group led by violist Jean René, who released the remarkable solo recording, Fammi (&records) in 2010. With violinist Joshua Zubot, fantastic drummer Pierre Tanguay and bassist Nicolas Caloia, René struck a Stéphane Grappelli bop that could melt and reform in quick minutes and turn to upbeat Québécois folk the next. The set list was comprised of an Ambiances Magnétiques songbook, with old and new pieces by Derome, Normand Guilbeault and René Lussier, as well as some of René’s own pieces. The quartet was lively and precise, and, along with Ensemble Supermusique, showed once again what a unique group of composers and interpreters there are under the Ambiances Magnétiques banner. (…)

The quartet was lively and precise, and showed once again what a unique group of composers and interpreters there are under the Ambiances Magnétiques banner.

Victo 2012

Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, May 30, 2012

From a different perspective, the next set also faetured three strings but was completely different. The last set of Day 2 featured a quartet led by Jean René on viola with Joshua Zubot on violin, Nicolas Caloia on acoustic bass and Pierre Tanguay on drums. The sound of this ensemble was like a twisted string quartet with the drums as an equal part. Whereas Zorn’s string players were articulate and tight, this quartet had a looser earthiness, which was wild and chaotic at times. The quartet blended partially written material with frenzied sections and sparse moments as well. Mr. René’s writing seemed to draw from folk/rock as well as the odd classical influence. Sometimes all three strings buzzed together intensely while longtime AM drummer Pierre Tanguay balanced both rhythmic and subtle melodic counterpoint. What was surprising about this set was that you never knew what direction was coming next. Both Josh Zubot on violin and Jean René on viola took a number of inspired solos while the group interplay that was filled with many odd twists and turns. This was music that will take some time to get used to so it is probably a good idea to get Mr. René’s disc on AM (sic!) and dig in deeper.

What was surprising about this set was that you never knew what direction was coming next.

FIMAV 2012 Diary: Jean René, “Le Blastographe”

François Couture, Monsieur Délire, May 19, 2012

Great Québécois musique actuelle from yesterday (pieces by Lussier, Derome, and Guilbeault) and today (Jean René’s original compositions). Whimsy, humour, tenderness, group playing. A very fine project that deserves to record at least twice: one album of originals and one album of covers. Any takers?

A very fine project that deserves to record at least twice: one album of originals and one album of covers. Any takers?

Jean René. Prophète dans son pays

Yanick Poisson, La Tribune, May 3, 2012
J’ai toujours le goût d’aller plus loin, de pousser plus loin mes recherches et non pas juste d’interpréter.

Blog

By continuing browsing our site, you agree to the use of cookies, which allow audience analytics.