GENERA SEXTET

With his 28-year association with celebrated jazz label Songlines Records, Canadian clarinetist François Houle  presents an exciting International collaborative project with some of Canada’s most celebrated expatriates, and colleagues from New York City, Paris and Berlin.

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François Houle clarinet Vancouver, CAN

Taylor Ho Bynum cornet NYC, USA

Samuel Blaser trombone NYC-Berlin-SUI

Michael Bates double bass CAN-NYC, USA

Harris Eisenstadt drums CAN- NYC, USA

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Benoît Delbecq  piano Paris, FR

one of the best-sounding clarinetists in improvised music…”

– Ben Ratliff, NY Times



 

“For this band and body of tunes, Houle cites late, great figures and bandleaders John Carter and Steve Lacy as influences in his thinking and compositional/improvisational plotting. Material-wise, Houle's writing works across boundaries and embraces ideas about voicing and structure from classical to jazz and back. On the jazz tip, he plots spiky-dissonant courses and Thelonious Monk-ish lines,…”  —Josef Woodard, Downbeat

“The sextet...has immediately established itself as one of the most exciting new bands on the international jazz scene. In addition to its carefully constructed compositions, virtuosic soloists, and huge ensemble sound, the group brings surprising warmth to the stage, and its Ironworks set was among the most impressive of the entire festival.” —Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight

François Houle, un des clarinettistes Canadiens les plus reconnus sur la scene internationale de musique créative, fonde un remarquable groupe réunissant des figures de proue du jazz d'avant-guarde pour ce nouveau projet. Avec son collègue de longue date, le remarquable pianiste Français Benoît Delbecq, et de fréquent collaborateurs venant de la Suisse, de New York, et New Haven, il explore de nouvelles compositions préparées dans le but de mettre en lumière la virtuosité et l'originalité de chaque membre du groupe. Réunissant son penchant pour les musiques créative, la musique contemporaine, et le jazz, François Houle nous tisse une toile vibrante de couleurs, pleine d'audaces et d'astucieuse procédure compositionelle. Ses influences majeures, tel qu'Antony Baxton, Steve Lacy, Jimmy Giuffre et john Carter, sont ressenties.

 

 
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