Francois Houle

Saturday, September 17th

François Houle - solo (Vancouver)

Venue: Silence
DOUBLE BILL with Stream Quartet
Time: 2:00pm
Price: Adult: $25 / Student/Senior: $20


The Los Angeles Times calls François Houle “a spectacularly versatile clarinetist who appears to have no limitations stylistically or sonically.” Last spring, the music of this Vancouver-based virtuoso took him to Stockholm, Paris, London, and several Italian festivals. Now Guelph audiences have the opportunity to hear this delightful instrumentalist in a range of settings. After early studies at McGill and Yale, in London in the 1980s Houle discovered the music of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, and was soon hooked on what he calls “jazz performance that rivalled the finest chamber music making.” Houle’s solo repertoire exploits both the mellowness of his instrument’s chalumeau range and the explosiveness of its soaring upper register, in a recital distinguished for its warmth, good humour, and sheer imagination.

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