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Francois Houle

Clarinetist François Houle has established himself as one of today’s most inventive musicians, in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces: classical, jazz, new music, improvised music, and world music. Whether he’s performing works by Mozart or Messiaen, appearing as a featured soloist with orchestra, or improvising and embracing live, interactive electronics, François demystifies music for audiences everywhere. Inspired by collaborations with the world’s top musical innovators, François has developed a unique improvisational language, virtuosic and rich with sonic embellishment and technical extensions

ARTICLE: HI-RES JAZZ

New Music in an Anxious Time: Teis Semey, Peggy Lee and Philipp Gropper

Read "New Music in an Anxious Time: Teis Semey, Peggy Lee and Philipp Gropper" reviewed by Mark Werlin

Historians of jazz identify the African-American civil rights struggle circa 1945-1965 as the locus for the most active involvement of jazz music in expressions of social and political protest. One of the earliest recorded instances of explicit political protest in jazz, “Strange Fruit," was refused by Decca, singer Billie Holiday's record label, for fear of reprisals ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

More 2018 Faves, Christoph Irniger Pilgrim & Liberty Ship

Read "More 2018 Faves, Christoph Irniger Pilgrim & Liberty Ship" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A second week of favourite recordings from 2018 by Scott Clark, Schnell, Jason Robinson, Enrique Haneine, Steve Coleman, Nicole Mitchell and Liberty Ship. This week we also dig into some of the newer releases that have arrived: the Wing Walker Orchestra, Francesco Diodati & Yellow Squeeds, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Christoph Irniger Pilgrim among others. Top it ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Fazzini e Fedrigo: nuove idee per fare musica oggi

Read "Fazzini e Fedrigo: nuove idee per fare musica oggi" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nicola Fazzini e Alessandro Fedrigo sono i direttori artistici di nusica.org, originale progetto che da qualche anno sperimenta un altro modo di sostenere, produrre e promuovere attività artistiche--qualcosa di molto diverso dalla tradizionale “etichetta discografica"--che pian piano ha iniziato anche a organizzare eventi e festival. Ma i due musicisti sono anche l'anima di XYQuartet, una formazione ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Meeting of the Minds and Sounds: The Clarinet and The Oud

Read "Meeting of the Minds and Sounds: The Clarinet and The Oud" reviewed by Doug Collette

The clarinet is hardly as an exotic instrument as the oud, but both instruments have their places in modern jazz and it's always fascinating to hear how each sounds within those contexts they're placed. As a point of comparison, the music on these two releases is at once haunting and comforting, mesmerizing and intoxicating, ultimately luring ...

You Have Options

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2018
Track listing: Clue; Art; Run Riot; The Pitts; Prayer; Advice; Largo; You Have Options, I Have a Lawyer; Le Concombre de Chicoutimi; Dusk.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wayne Horvitz, Kamil Piotrowicz and More

Read "Wayne Horvitz, Kamil Piotrowicz and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This week we focus on a number of intriguing 'firsts.' The playlist includes acclaimed saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's first foray into composing orchestral works, Wayne Horvitz' first traditional piano trio format recorded in the mountains of Montana, as well as Polish rising star pianist Kamil Piotrowicz and his sextet, Krzysztof Komeda's compositions interpreted by a top Australian ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ben Allison, Anais Drago, Reinier Baas and Other Great New Releases

Read "Ben Allison, Anais Drago, Reinier Baas and Other Great New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The new albums bonanza goes on! And we happily oblige, revelling in some gorgeous new releases, some of which will definitely end up on the “Best of 2018" lists of many critics. Surprises, confirmations, re-releases, unexpected collaborations and much more make up this week's playlist full of aural pleasures... Happy listening!

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Francois Houle - Alexander Hawkins - Harris Eisenstadt: You Have Options

Read "You Have Options" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The late co-founder of the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Ken Pickering, recommended British pianist Alexander Hawkins to consummate this trio featuring Canadians: drummer Harris Eisenstadt (drums) and clarinetist Francois Houle. And, based on the output of this exquisite studio set, it was a sound decision to align with the pianist, who for several years has performed with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Francois Houle's, Alexander Hawkins' And Harris Eisenstadt's Collective Trio Will Release You Have Options On November 9 On Songlines

Francois Houle's, Alexander Hawkins' And Harris Eisenstadt's Collective Trio Will Release You Have Options On November 9 On Songlines

This collective trio was born when the late (and greatly missed) Ken Pickering, co-founder and artistic director of Vancouver’s jazz festival, recommended Alexander Hawkins for the piano chair in a new Houle project for the 2014 festival. Houle already had Brooklyn-based fellow Canadian Harris Eisenstadt in mind—Harris had recently toured and recorded in his 5+1 project ...


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