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Francois Houle

Primary Instrument: Clarinet

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. A sought after soloist and chamber musician, he has actively expanded the clarinet’s repertoire by commissioning some of today’s leading Canadian and international composers and premiering over one hundred new works. He has collaborated with leading ensembles in Canada, including Turning Point Ensemble, Standing Wave, Bozzini Quartet, Fibonacci Trio, among others. He has twice been listed by Downbeat magazine as a “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” and was hailed as a “Rising Star” in Downbeat’s 2008 Critics’ Poll....
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    Aves

    Songlines Recordings
    2014
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    Genera

    Songlines Recordings
    2012
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    9 Moments

    Red Toucan Records
    2008
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    La Lumire de Pierres

    Psi
    2007
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Songlines Recordings (2013)

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François Houle is a Backun artist and clinician. He plays LeBlanc design by Backun Legacy clarinets, Backun mouthpieces, bells, and barrels.
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