Vancouver International Jazz Festival presents:
pianist Benoit Delbecq guitarist Gordon Grdina
drummer Kenton Loewen clarinetist François Houle
“Utterly fascinating” (The Telegraph), French pianist Benoit Delbecq has played with Fred Hersch, Gerry Hemingway, and Evan Parker. The Georgia Straight called his 2012 duo album with Vancouver’s François Houle “at once otherworldly and organic.” A fellow master of extended technique and melodic free improv, Houle is “a spectacularly versatile clarinetist who appears to have no limitations stylistically or sonically” (LA Times). Completing this boldly adventurous group are guitarist Gordon Grdina and drummer Kenton Loewen. Regular co-conspirators in the 11-piece avant-Arabic ensemble Haram (which also includes Houle), fiery punk-jazz duo Peregrine Falls, and Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, Grdina and Loewen are cutting edge improvisers.