World-class clarinet virtuoso to enchant Kelowna at the Alternator at debut of new concert series

Internationally renowned clarinetist and Juno nominee François Houle will be making a rare appearance in Kelowna September 27th, 2015 at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.


Photo by Tim Matheson

His performance marks the debut of the Skin and Bones Music Series, a new concert series presenting experimental music in the Okanagan.

Houle has established himself as one of Canada’s most inventive musicians in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces: classical, jazz, new music, improvisation, and world music.

This incredible musician reinvents the clarinet by creating a tapestry of rich sounds and textures through a dazzling array of extended techniques melded with electronics.  Houle is “a spectacularly versatile clarinetist who appears to have no limitations stylistically or sonically”, said Mark Swed of the LA Times.

Houle will be joined by local avant-garde saxophonist Darren Williams.  Pushing the boundaries of improvisation and instrumental technique to dizzying limits, live Williams has been acclaimed as “more fun than spiked punch” (The Georgia Straight).

Williams has performed with many renowned musicians including guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, indie favourite Chad van Gaalen, and jazz percussionist Han Bennink, one of the most pivotal figures in early European free jazz.


Photo by Femke van Delft

Performed at the Alternator, the Skin and Bones Music Series will launch September 27th, 2015.  Doors open at 7:30 and the performance will be begin at 8:00.  Admission is $10 for the public and $8 for Alternator members.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Alternator or at the door.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre located in Kelowna at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue. The Alternator is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the development of the creative community. Since 1989, the Alternator has shown the work of emerging Canadian artists, focused on innovative and non-traditional mediums engaged in social and cultural issues.

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