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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: Interview

François Houle: Insider Listening that Makes You Clever

Read "François Houle: Insider Listening that Makes You Clever" reviewed by Kerilie McDowall

Canadians and local Vancouverites have been in awe at BC, Canada's prestigious regular rising star clarinetist François Houle's international ranking status. Houle creates brilliantly fascinating compositions and such clever, innovative work. He has released seven albums as a leader from 2022-2023 and has four more plus on the way. Incredibly he will have released 11 albums ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

John Coltrane & Eric Dolphy, Clemens Kuratle & Francois Bourassa

Read "John Coltrane & Eric Dolphy, Clemens Kuratle & Francois Bourassa" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The original broadcasts of One Man's Jazz on Taint Radio happen about a month before they are posted on AAJ, so back in June I was excited as many others to play the only track we could from the new Evenings At The Village Gate: John Coltrane With Eric Dolphy. I suspect by now, that album ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Clara Lai Trio, Sam Weinberg and Interstellar Nao

Read "Clara Lai Trio, Sam Weinberg and Interstellar Nao" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A healthy dose of edgy new releases in this episode, featuring Spanish pianist Clara Lai and trio, saxophonist Sam Weinberg and trio, Bobo Stenson and several from the European hotbed of avant-garde--Netherlands (saxophonist Frans Vermeerssen, Cocktail Party Attack, saxophonist Bo Van De Graaf, & Mixing Memory and Desire), plus a freewheeling session from Mexico City featuring ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet, Illegal Crowns, and Iyer / Aftab / Ismaily

Read "Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet, Illegal Crowns, and Iyer / Aftab / Ismaily" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Debuting this episode are new albums from bassist Michael Formanek and his Elusion Quartet (Tony Malaby, Kris Davis & Ches Smith), Illegal Crowns (Mary Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum, Benoit Delbecq & Tomas Fujiwara, and the trio of {m: Vijay Iyer}}, Arooj Aftab & Shahzad Ismaily with their Love In Exile. I expect to see all of ...


Article: Liner Notes

Samuel Blaser: As the Sea

Read "Samuel Blaser: As the Sea" reviewed by John Kelman

Plenty has been written about musical camaraderie--the building of long-term musical relationships and their unmistakable impact on the evolution of a group. Few, however, discuss the inevitable impact of personal relationships behind the music. Times have changed, and few jazz groups tour for more than a couple of consecutive weeks; still, hitting the road for even ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Francois Houle, Sei Miguel & other new Clean Feed Releases

Read "Francois Houle, Sei Miguel & other new Clean Feed Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's plenty of great new music to get excited about in this edition of OMJ. Clean Feed Records, that wonderful label in Portugal, just dropped a whole bunch of new albums and I'm happy to dig into these--the Italian band {m: Roots Magic}} that digs into blues and avant-garde, the unique trumpeter Sei Miguel , Canadian ...


Article: Album Review

François Houle, Marco von Orelli: Make That Flight

Read "Make That Flight" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Sessantun anni, canadese del Québec l'uno, cinquantadue anni, svizzero di Basilea l'altro, François Houle e Marco von Orelli sono musicisti appartenenti a un'area di sperimentazione jazzistica sicuramente influenzata da una visione che definiremmo “europea" della contemporaneità in fatto di suono, ormai noti agli ascoltatori più attenti da un bel po' di tempo. Questo loro tête-à-tête ne ...


Night's Quietest Hour

Label: Attaboygirl Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Longa Nahawand; Sala Min Shaaraha A​-​Thahab (Gold Streamed Down From Her Hair); Dulab Bayati; Lamma Bada Yatathanna (When She Begins To Sway); Hawj Erreeh (Violent Wind).


Make That Flight

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Fake News; For F.; Strada Monte Verità; Essay; Tandem; Zipline; Mr. B.; The Changeable Triptych; Soliloquy; Make That Flight; Morning Song 1.


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