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 LeBlanc designed by Backun Legacy clarinets, Backun bells, barrels, and mouthpieces.
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 www.songlines.com for a list of distributors, iTunes for compressed downloads. For high-res downloads go to HD Tracks, Qobuz, and Highresaudio
61st ANNUAL DOWNBEAT CRITICS POLL WINNERS
Congratulations to Anat Cohen (Critics Poll) and Ben Goldberg (Rising Star), who topped a most impressive list of nominees for Downbeat’s prestigious annual listings.
I am glad to report that I have been listed as Rising Star for two years running.
Rising Star list
78st ANNUAL DOWNBEAT READERS POLL WINNERS
Super honoured to be on the readers poll list for best clarinetist. With unbelievable company…
In January I will be performing and recording with Veronique Lacroix and the fantastic Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal. Here’s a video glimpse of their upcoming season: