Jean-Pierre Drouet (1935)

Born in 1935, Jean-Pierre Drouet is first and foremost a French percussionist, closely associated to composers Karlheinz Stockhausen, Maurizio Kagel, Iannis Xenakis and Georges Aperghis, and performers Sylvio Gualda (percussion), Michel Portal (clarinet) and Vinko Globokar (trombone), but he’s also a composer, especially of incidental music to various stage works or music for chorographies.  I’ve reviewed his Solo Improvisation and Variations d’Ulysse, the music for a ballet of Jean-Claude Gallotta from 1995, commissioned by the Paris Opera. Both CDs were published in the mid-1990s on the small and short-lived French label Transes Européennes, founded by percussionist Pablo Cueco in the mid-1990s and whose aim was to “feature the work of musicians that include in their creative approach the existence of cultures other than theirs”.  It had very few releases, most of them in Jazz and crossover World-music.

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