- Lachine (Québec), 1961
- Composer • Performer (soprano saxophone, clarinet) • Improviser
François Houle is 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. His extensive touring has led to solo appearances at major festivals across Canada, the United States of America and Europe, and he has released more than a dozen recordings, earning multiple Juno Award and West Coast Music Award nominations. In 2006, François was the featured soloist in Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes with the CBC Radio Orchestra, a performance hailed by the Los Angeles Times. In 2007, he composed and premiered a concerto for clarinet he went on to record with the Turning Point Ensemble for a 2009 worldwide release on the ATMA Classique label. He has twice been listed by Downbeat magazine as “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” and was hailed as a “Rising Star” in Downbeat’s 2008 Critics’ Poll. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, and was a featured soloist in the International Clarinet Association’s 2007 and 2008 ClarinetFests. He is a faculty member at the Vancouver Community College School of Music, and in 2006 he became Artistic Director of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute. In 2008 he was appointed as Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.
Thursday, November 9, 2006, 8:30 pm