Mattias Risberg and François Houle at Vancouver Jazz Festival
Jul
2
1:30 am01:30

Mattias Risberg and François Houle at Vancouver Jazz Festival

  • Roundhouse

Performing at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival with my good friend Swedish pianist Mattias Risberg. A fine improviser and a great artistic mind, Mattias spent a few weeks last year to meet and play with local Vancouver musicians. He's back this summer to tour with me and my other long-time musical partner Benoît Delbecq (see calendar). Don't miss this!!!  

François Houle European Tour 2016
May
25
Jun 12

François Houle European Tour 2016

Thrilled to be heading to Europe to perform with many friends, old and new. Stay tuned for more details on what will prove to be a truly wonderful three weeks of music making!

Grdina-Houle-Loewen in Kelowna
May
22
8:00 pm20:00

Grdina-Houle-Loewen in Kelowna

  • The Habitat

The electrifying trio of Grdina/Houle/Loewen will be performing on May 22nd at The Habitat in Kelowna, BC. The performance is the eighth installment of the Skin And Bones Music Series: a new concert series devoted to the presentation of experimental music in the Okanagan, co-produced by the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. This concert marks Skin And Bones’ one year anniversary. 

Sea and Sky at Evergreen Cultural Centre
May
19
8:00 pm20:00

Sea and Sky at Evergreen Cultural Centre

  • Evergreen Cultural centre

Sea and Sky presents Zarabandeo, a program of works inspired by Latin rhythms, featuring infectious melodies by Guastavino, Piazzolla, D’Rivera, Horovitz, Ravel, and Arturo Marquez’s virtuosic duo Zarabandeo. This program features most of the music from the duo’s second recording on Afterday Audio. In addition, Sea and Sky is thrilled to invite former VSO Assistant Concertmeister Joan Blackman as special guest artist to join us in selection of works for clarinet, violin and piano.

Phantom of the Opera
Feb
20
8:00 pm20:00

Phantom of the Opera

  • Orpheum Theatre

Looking forward to playing my good friend and talented composer Andrew Downing's fantastic score for the original film Phantom of the Opera, with full choir, stellar ensemble, featuring Chris Gestrin on the Oprpheum's massive Wurlitzer organ. Don't miss this! We performed this 3 seasons ago, and VBO had to reschedule it due to popular demand!

Grdina-Houle-Loewen FREE live @ Winteruption
Feb
20
3:15 pm15:15

Grdina-Houle-Loewen FREE live @ Winteruption

  • Performance Works

Thrilled to be part of the 2016 edition of Granville Island's Winteruption Festival with my relatively new trio with Gordon Grdina and Kenton Loewen. 

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Since 2014, the Vancouver collective Gordon Grdina/François Houle/Kenton Loewen has been performing completely improvised concerts and different permutations of graphic scores. Recently however, the group has forged a new stream of complex compositions that meld together density, ferocious energy and technical virtuosity. The group’s versatility and wide dynamic range has become finely honed creating an ensemble that can change course dramatically.


Itamar Erez, Liron Man & François Houle
Sep
11
8:00 pm20:00

Itamar Erez, Liron Man & François Houle

  • VCC Auditorium

Caravan World Rhythms presents

Vancouver’s exciting new World Music collaboration!

ITAMAR EREZ – Piano & Guitar   -   FRANÇOIS HOULE - Clarinet

LIRON MAN – Handpan & Percussion

 

Tickets $20 & $30 Advance. $25 & $35 at the Door.  Students $5 discount.

Available online at www.caravanbc.com or call to order at 1-800-838-3006

 

François Houle & Friends Night #2
Aug
13
8:30 pm20:30

François Houle & Friends Night #2

  • The Golden Saucer

Come and join us for a night of electro-acoustic explorations from both local and international artists... ☺︎

Part 2 feat. Francois Houle & Oliver Bown at the Gold Saucer with Giorgio Magnanensi providing his psychedelic visuals! Enough to possibly cause ceasures of highly artistic proportions...


Francois Houle and visiting ISEA artist Oliver Bown met during Houle's Australian Tour in 2013, he and Bown collaborated with Australian composer Kim Cunio in the creation of "Playing the Castle", on Afterday Audio http://www.francoishoule.ca/store/ They meet again for two nights to present their latest works for clarinet and electronics. 
 

Night #1 (August 12) is a double bill featuring Ben Wylie and Alexandra Spence.
Hailing from Seattle & Sydney, Ben & Alex met through the MFA program at SFU. They have since made music under many guises, the latest is as ambient/improv duo 'Forever and Sunsmell'
Ben Wylie – prepared guitar & objects
Alexandra Spence – clarinet, objects, tape & no-input mixer
https://soundcloud.com/alexandraspence/ben-wylie-alexandra-spence



**Enter through the back entrance on Quebec Street**

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François Houle & Friends Night #1
Aug
12
8:30 pm20:30

François Houle & Friends Night #1

  • The Golden Saucer

Come and join us for a night of electro-acoustic explorations from both local and international artists... ☺︎

Part 1 of 2 feat. Francois Houle & Oliver Bown at the Gold Saucer... Night #1 is a double bill with Ben Wylie & Alexandra Spence.

Francois Houle and visiting ISEA artist Oliver Bown w visuals by Kiran Bhumber... During Houle's Australian Tour in 2013, he and Bown collaborated with Australian composer Kim Cunio in the creation of "Playing the Castle", on Afterday Audio http://www.francoishoule.ca/store/ They meet again for two nights to present their latest works for clarinet and electronics. 

Hailing from Seattle & Sydney, Ben & Alex met through the MFA program at SFU. They have since made music under many guises, the latest is as ambient/improv duo 'Forever and Sunsmell'
Ben Wylie – prepared guitar & objects
Alexandra Spence – clarinet, objects, tape & no-input mixer
https://soundcloud.com/alexandraspence/ben-wylie-alexandra-spence



**Enter through the back entrance on Quebec Street**

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/49.2625331,-123.10274/108+E+Broadway,+Vancouver,+BC+V5T+1V9,+Canada/@49.2625653,-123.1024026,19z/

Jul
8
5:30 pm17:30

Cricket Music at Emery Barnes Park

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I'll be performing this work by Mungo Thompson and composer Michael Webster at Emery Barnes Park (Richards and Davie Street). This is a FREE event. I love crickets, although we feed them to my son's pet gecko every other day. These cricket sounds we're going to play are imitation of filed recordings of crickets from all over the world. Pretty cool stuff. Come and join us, if you're tired of Netflix, HBO, or Apple Music. It'll be a much nicer experience. Guaranteed!


Mungo Thomson – Cricket Solos for Clarinet, Piccolo, Percussion, and Violin (2012-13)
Presented in partnership with the Contemporary Art Gallery
Friday, July 10, 2015; from 8:30PM

Emery Barnes Park (Richards and Davie Street) [map]
Free

To create Cricket Solos for Clarinet, Piccolo, Percussion, and ViolinMungo Thomson collaborated with composer Michael Webster to transcribe field recordings of crickets from around the world (France, Cameroon, Senegal, Martinique, Borneo, Thailand and Venezuela) into a musical score. The initial result was a dynamic composition for a 17-person classical ensemble, the score containing 25 chapters, or ‘movements,’ such as “12. Reunion Island, the Cirque de Cilaos at 1300 m. altitude, February 1998, nightfall in a banana plantation.” Thomson and Webster have subsequently developed Crickets for solo performers—individual musicians scattered around a park, each simulating the sound of a single cricket with a different instrument.

In partnership with Vancouver New Music, the Contemporary Art Gallery presents a new performance comprising these solo performances with Mark McGregor (Piccolo), Françoise Houle (Clarinet), Llowyn Ball (Violin) and Martin Fisk (Percussion).

Join us for this evening performance, which is concurrent with the opening of the exhibition: Mungo Thomson, Time, People, Money, Crickets at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Friday July 10, 7-10PM. The exhibition continues until August 30. Read more about the exhibition at www.contemporaryartgallery.ca

 

 

Photo credit:
Mungo Thomson, Cricket Solo for Flute, 2013
Live performance, duration variable
Performance view, Social Animals, Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach
Performer: Jessica Schmitz
Photo: Art Basel. Courtesy the artist.

Fourth Landscape meets Because She Hoped
Jun
24
8:00 pm20:00

Fourth Landscape meets Because She Hoped

  • Nanaimo Conservatory of Music

A meeting of great improvisors coming to Nanaimo. François Houle has worked extensively with Paris pianist Benoît Delbecq and Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser (FH 5+1). American percussionist extraordinaire Gerry Hemingway joined Delbecq and Blaser to form Fourth Landscape last year. The four meet to perform together for the first time.

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François Houle and Samuel Blaser - REED & SLIDE
Jun
23
5:00 pm17:00

François Houle and Samuel Blaser - REED & SLIDE

  • The Ironworks

Vancouver International Jazz Festival presents Reed & Slide, my exciting new duo with trombonist extraordinaire Samuel Blaser. Sammy has taken over the European jazz scene by storm, performing all over the place with his bands, collaborating with a who's who of the international music scene, including Gerry Hemingway, Pierre Favre, Marc Ducret, Benoît Delbecq, among many others. For our festival appearance, we will present new original works for clarinet and trombone, as well as compositions by Joëlle Léandre, Helmut Lachenman, Gérard Grisey, and Luciano Berio. 

 

Benoît Delbecq with François Houle, Gordon Grdina and Kenton Loewen
Jun
21
9:30 pm21:30

Benoît Delbecq with François Houle, Gordon Grdina and Kenton Loewen

  • The Ironworks

A Vancouver International Jazz Festival Premiere Performance. The Georgia Straight called Benoît Delbecq's 2012 duo album with Vancouver’s François Houle “at once otherworldly and organic.” The two join forces with Kenton Loewen and Gordon Grdina (Peregrine falls, Dan Magan + Blacksmith) for an evening of incendiary music.

 

All Caps No Space
Apr
19
8:00 pm20:00

All Caps No Space

  • Canadian Music Centre

All Caps No Space, by composer Linda Bouchard, is a work-in-progress and a work in constant mutation. It is an interactive work that invites the performing musicians and the audience members to reflect and participate in the creation of a category of work the composer calls “nomadic”.

Masque Early and New: A Musical Time Capsule
Apr
19
2:30 pm14:30

Masque Early and New: A Musical Time Capsule

  • Telus Theatre at The Chan

Masque will be an integrated and seamless experience, a journey across time entirely comprised of music that reaches hundreds of years into the past. The concert ranges in time from the Renaissance to new modern works of today and the ensemble varies in size from solo performances to the entire 16 piece ensemble.

Masque Early and New: A Musical Time Capsule
Apr
17
7:30 pm19:30

Masque Early and New: A Musical Time Capsule

  • Telus Theatre at The Chan Centre

Masque will be an integrated and seamless experience, a journey across time entirely comprised of music that reaches hundreds of years into the past. The concert ranges in time from the Renaissance to new modern works of today and the ensemble varies in size from solo performances to the entire 16 piece ensemble.

NuBC Collective performs Peter Maxwell-Davies's Eight Songs for a Mad King
Apr
9
7:30 pm19:30

NuBC Collective performs Peter Maxwell-Davies's Eight Songs for a Mad King

  • Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre

Inspired by medieval madrigals, this contemporary concert will feature new works for The Nu:BC Collective by Keith Hamel and Bob Pritchard of AMP (Art Music Promotion) written specifically for the unique acoustic of the Telus Studio Theatre. The evening will culminate in Peter Maxwell Davies' epic monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King with baritone William George.

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