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Welcome to franç, where you can find out more about one of Canada’s finest musicians, clarinetist François Houle.

François’ performances and recordings transcend the stylistic borders associated with his instrument in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces: classical, jazz, new music, improvised music, and world music.

As an improviser, he has developed a unique language, virtuosic and rich with sonic embellishment and technical extensions. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has actively expanded the clarinet’s repertoire by commissioning some of today’s leading Canadian and international composers and premiering over one hundred new works.

François Houle plays Backun  clarinets, bells, barrels, and mouthpieces exclusively.



 Back from Australia!


In February I got to perform in several cities in Australia, thanks to a Canada Council Touring Grant. The reception and hospitality of my Australian friends was great! Fantastic audiences! I got to meet with many musicians in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane. Soon I will be posting some audio of the performances. The concert in Melbourne at the beautiful Recital Centre Studio was recorded by the Australian Broadcasting Company. Here’s a link to the webcast. This is a performance of Yitzhak Yedid’s composition Myth of the Cave, with incredibly talented young bass player Samuel Pankhurst. Enjoy!

Got a great review from The Sydney Herald’s John Shand





This coming May I will be in the studio with pianist Jane Hayes to record material for two new CDs to be released in the fall of 2014. We finally have a name!: Sea&Sky, which pays tribute to great Australia composer Peter Sculthorpe. The name is borrowed from Sculthorpe’s beautiful composition “Songs of Sea and Sky”, which was commissioned by the Yale School of Music to honour my teacher, Keith Wilson, when he retired after over 50 years of dedication to the school. Sea&Sky_logo2





SGL 1601-2 (CD + high-res downloads at HD Tracks, Qobuz, and Highresaudio)

My latest release on Songlines with amazing Norwegian pianist Håvard Wiik. Beautifully captured by engineer David Simpson, this collection of compositions and improvisations hint at many musical spaces, from ragtime to modernist stylings. We had a great time putting this recording together, after a live performance at the 2011 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Click on the album artwork to sample some excerpts from the album, or go to for a list of distributors, iTunes for compressed downloads. For high-res downloads go to HD Tracks, Qobuz, and Highresaudio

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