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Mattias Risberg and François Houle at Vancouver Jazz Festival

  • Roundhouse 181 Roundhouse Mews Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2W3 Canada (map)

Swedish pianist Mattias Risberg has collaborated with an array of great European improvisers, including Fredrik Ljungkvist, Mats Äleklint, Joe Williamson, and Raymond Strid. His otherworldly sonic explorations span jazz, improv, art-rock, and contemporary classical worlds. Vancouver’s François Houle is “a spectacularly versatile clarinetist who appears to have no limitations stylistically or sonically” (LA Times). Co-founder of the Turning Point Ensemble, he plays in avant-Arabic ensemble Haram, and has worked with Samuel Blaser, Harris Eisenstadt, and many others. “Never less than excellent” (Exclaim!), Houle brings an astonishing range of extended techniques, wild percussive pops and clacks, and stratospheric melodic experimentation to his choice collaborations.

Thanks to Konstnårsnamnden, Sweden