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Content by tag "Francois Houle"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazztopad 2016, Part 1

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National Forum of Music
Jazztopad 2016
Wroclaw
November 22-24, 2016

Wroclaw was this year's European Capital of Culture, sharing that title with Donostia/San Sebastian, a landmark of importance. But it isn't the only distinctive 'C' connected with the annual Jazztopad festival organized by the National Forum of Music, the representative center ...

ARTICLE: HI-RES JAZZ

Songlines: An Independent Voice for New Music

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The independent Vancouver-based record label Songlines Recordings was established in 1992. Inspired by the contemporary jazz music scene in Vancouver, label founder Tony Reif began recording Canadian, American, Dutch, German and French composer-performers. Over the next two decades, the core group of musicians who recorded frequently for Songlines included Benoît Delbecq, Harris Eisenstadt, Gordon Grdina, Wayne ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Léandre - Delbecq - Houle: 14 rue Paul Forte, Paris

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Dice Kafka che “il libro deve essere un rompighiaccio, per spezzare il mare gelato dentro di noi." Questa musica è un rompighiaccio. Ma è anche un bisturi, una torcia, un occhio che esplora, un urlo. Una voce. Tre voci. Che si accostano, si ascoltano, si mescolano, si avvinghiano. Chi ascolta resta sospeso, colpito, stupito da tale ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

François Houle, Håvard Wiik: Aves

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Il clarinettista del Québec François Houle e il pianista norvegese Håvard Wiik sono i protagonisti di questo notevole album che, non solo per l'abbinamento strumentale, evoca temperature cameristico-contemporanee più che strettamente jazzistiche.

I sentieri battuti dai due performer variano da brano a brano, pur nel segno--costante--di una preziosità, un'eleganza, una cerebralità che non ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Samuel Blaser Quartet: As the Sea

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Since bursting on the the international jazz scene in the mid-2000s, Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser has established himself as one of his instrument's foremost practitioners. His playing combines the precision and detail of a top-flight classical instrumentalist with the unfettered, emotionally direct and rhythmically rich approach that characterizes the best jazz players. Blaser--still in his early ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Harris Eisenstadt: Full Steam Ahead

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As well as three current working (and touring) ensembles, a busy recording schedule and a flourishing teaching career, Toronto, Canada-born percussionist/composer Harris Eisenstadt is also a family man. Now settled in New York City, it's been a busy year, with four recordings-September Trio (Clean Feed, 2011), Canada Day III (Songlines, 2012), Canada Day II (Songlines, 2011), ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Guelph Jazz Festival: Guelph, Canada, September 5-9, 2012

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Guelph Jazz Festival
Guelph, Ontario
September 5-9, 2012
The Guelph Jazz Festival is in its 19th year. Under the direction of Ajay Heble, the festival has few equals in Canada, attracting the upper echelon of improvising musicians.

It is a rare festival that can resist the allure of “tent-pole" shows--the mass-appeal artists that have vague, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gordon Grdina's Haram: Her Eyes Illuminate

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Vancouver-based oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina has been bending genres and creating East-meets-West contexts for his instruments for quite some time. He put his own spin on modern jazz with Box Cutter, melded outré twentieth century chamber ideals with Arabian themes with the East Van Trio and created a Persian/Arabian/Indian hybrid with Sangha. Now, Grdina turns his attention ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

François Houle 5+1: Montreal, Canada, July 3, 2012

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François Houle 5+1
Casa del Popolo
Montréal, Québec
July 3, 2012

Wild strawberries. This was the taste of clarinetist François Houle's 5+1 performance at Casa del Popolo, presenting his group's just-released Genera (Songlines, 2012). Why wild strawberries? Because the entire two sets had both the fresh and savory, yet also spicy and untamed flavor of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ottawa Jazz Festival, Days 1-3: June 21-23, 2012

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Days 1-3 | Days 4-8

TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-Jul 1, 2012

After a paradigm shift in 2011--deserting its largely “pure" approach to programming for one that acknowledged how, in order for it to survive, it needed to (a) attract a larger percentage from the youth demographic, and ...


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