A Little Lunch Music features a series of free noon-hour concerts by a variety of local musicians in all genres of music including jazz, classical, pop and folk.
Canadian clarinettist Franky Howe performs in trio with percussionist Gerry Hemingway and pianist Kris Davis. This trio is a premiere performance by these stellar musicians; the members have performed together in other formations, but never in this format.
Houle/Meger/Sorbara is a placeholder name for a new Canadian creative music power trio featuring clarinetist, François Houle, bassist, James Meger, and percussionist, Joe Sorbara. These stalwart sonic adventurers come together to breath life into a diverse book of compositions penned by the trio's members as well as free jazz and experimental music luminaries such as Anthony Braxton and James Carter.
Looking forward to a duo set with Claus Boesser-Ferrari, the last of three performances with him in Germany (see calendar for other performances).
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3rd of four concerts in Germany with Claus Boesser-Ferrari. This time we are performing at MAX in Hemsbach, along with other fine guitarists, including Edoardo Bignozzi
Thrilled to be performing with my wonderful Italian friends Nicola Fazzini and Alessandro Fedrigo at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. Great guys, fantastic musicians. Skye Brooks is joining us for a great set of original compositions by these stellar musicians.
Turning Point Ensemble goes fifth stream in a concert that brings to Vancouver three of the most innovative and influential musicians crossing and eliminating the boundaries between jazz and new music – John Hollenbeck, Quinsin Nachoff and François Houle.
“The threesome navigated through a wider landscape of sound with meandering lyrical passages, encircling eerie plateaus and sudden about- turns into wild abysses triggering raucous rides and accumulation of sound that went hazy and eventually dissolved, giving leeway to bouncing, hard hitting maneuvers.” —Henning Bolte, All About Jazz, December 2016
An evening with Itamar Erez and Adama, with Francois Houle clarinet, Laurence Mollerup double bass, Liam Macdonald drums and Nick Apivor marimba & vibes.
We'll be playing all of the Adama songbook along with new works penned by one of the most remarkable voice on the Canadian scene today!
A special concert this Saturday with Brazilian singer (and Montreal resident) Flaviá Nascimento and Itamar Erez. We'll be playing original compositions by Flaviá and Itamar, along with some material drawn from the rich music history of Brazil.
Quiet City & Vancouver New Music present:
⋆✵✧ GAME OF DRONES ✧✵⋆
Taking inspiration from game pieces by composers like Wolff, Xenakis, and Zorn, our objective will be to create one continuous piece of music over the duration of the event. A roster of local players (both acoustic and electronic) will be assigned random timeslots of 30 minutes in the schedule, with a new player joining or leaving the stage every 15 minutes.
National Drone Day was initiated in 2004 by Weird Canada: http://droneday.org/
A very special evening performing in Ottawa along with the ever creative mind of Petr Cancura and his crazy band Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang!
Adventurous solo clarinet improvisations, inhabiting the stunning imagery of visual artist Jeannette Hicks.
Grdina-Houle-Loewen September Tour - Toronto
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!!!
A real pleasure to welcome back to YVR my great friend and long time collaborator French pianist Benoît Delbecq, to perform with my collective trio Grdina-Houle-Loewen. Sparks are gonna fly!
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 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.
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!
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.
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.