“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 2016 

Since 2014, the collective Grdina-Houle-Loewen 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. 

The group just spent some time at Afterlife Studios in July 2016, recording a set of quartet music with French pianist Benoît Delbecq, to be released by Songlines Records in the spring of 2017. 


Ghost Lights
Kenton Loewen - drums Gordon Grdina - guitar Benoît Delbecq - piano, bass station François Houle - clarinets, electronics

Kenton Loewen - drums

Gordon Grdina - guitar

Benoît Delbecq - piano, bass station

François Houle - clarinets, electronics


Strong from fall 2016 performances at the Guelph Jazz Festival, Something Else in Hamilton, Bar Robo in Ottawa, La Passe in Montreal, and Wrocław's Jazztopad Festival in Poland, the trio has just recorded an exhilarating live performance at Vancouver's China Cloud on March 3rd. Media wizard Lee Hutzulak was there to capture the group on video, and engineer Mark Lawrence did an unreal job to make sure we'd get an amazing recording. 

We have upcoming summer performances in Vancouver, Italy, France, and Belgium as part of a Canada Council funded tour with Gordon Grdina's HARAM. In the fall we'll be appearing in Canada and Eastern USA to celebrate our new CD releases and videos. Stay tuned!...


Grdina-Houle-Loewen is also preparing a tour in 2018-19, a collaboration with Canadian composer, San Francisco resident Linda Bouchard. We'll be presenting our trio music along with Bouchard's fantastic multi-media work "All Caps No Space"

Live @ Performance Works, February 2016 Interruption Festival

Live @ Performance Works, February 2016 Interruption Festival

Grdina-Houle-Loewen improvising at The Banff Centre for the Arts, as part of the centre's encounter series. Gordon Grdina - Oud and Electric Guitar François Houle - clarinets Kenton Loewen - Drums and Percussion