Welcome to françoishoule.ca, 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.
In the new year I will be launching my new label, Afterday Records, which will feature a broad range of recordings, from collaborations with international sound artists and improvisers, compositions by Canadian composers, and my own forays into sound art. Here’s a little taste of things to come.
My duo with pianist Jane Hayes completed a 10-day recording session last May for two new CDs due for release in the fall.
Redshift Records will be releasing the first one, Sassicaia, which will feature works by Canadian composers, including several new works written specially for S&S, as well as classics of the Canadian clarinet and piano repertoire. Zarabandeo will feature repertoire inspired by latin flavours, including seminal works by Piazzolla, Guastavino and Marquez, as well as masterpieces by Milhaud and Ravel.
Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project!
Got a great review from The Sydney Herald’s John Shand