Fanfare Pourpour: Bal (Monsieur Fauteux/DAME). This 15-plus-member co-operative is on a roll, embodying a bygone spirit of wayfaring melancholia, when music was played on the streets. Fanfare Pourpour is not about flashy arrangements or speed but, rather, informed by Weill/Brecht and Fellini and New Orleans marches. Humanism unfettered by slavish devotion to "style," it’s imbued with the indomitable spirit of the 1945 resistance film Les enfants du paradis.
Charged with giving shape to this rag-tag collection of instrumentalists - bass drum, euphonium, banjo, accordion, many horns and percussions - is saxophonist-flutist Jean Derome, fresh off his magnificent Trio set (on Ambiances Magnetiques) with bassist Normand Guilbeault and drummer Pierre Tanguay, who also play for Pourpour.Mara Tremblay adds her estimable violin to several tunes. With its circus-theatre cover art and catchy CD booklet, Bal has been selling well.
Currently on a Quebec-wide tour, Fanfare Pourpour is doing numerous outdoor and club dates locally, including free shows at the chalet on Mount Royal (Sunday at noon and 1:45 p.m.), St. Louis Square (May 15 at noon) and dates at the Lion d’Or (May 15) and Le-Va et-Vient (May 29).