Viviane Houle

"Houle not only owns the many avant vocal styles on display here, she has something unique — sometimes stunningly brilliant — to bring to each of them."
The Squid's Ear

"Intimate, eerie, electrifying, Treize is a tour de force of vocal improvisation. ...an auspicious debut recording from an attention-riveting artist."
- Exclaim!

"throwing dictionaries out of windows, the sound of a trombone digging up a grave, ripping out everybody's larynx with your bare hands...a genius example of this audacious approach to music...one of the year’s best albums."

- CokeMachineGlow

"Houle warbles and scats like some demented cross between Yma Sumac and Slim Gaillard, but also does the Phil Minton thing of squeezing non-musical grunts and sighs from a closed larynx." 
- The Sound Projector

"[Louis Andriessen] was then joined on stage by Vancouver’s powerful and unmatched Viviane Houle. It turns out that she embodies a kind of Kiri Te Kanawa who has swallowed the DNA of Yma Sumac. The heights of Houle’s vocal folds are stratospheric. We get grand opera, French chanteuse, and abstruse, cryptic, and arcane contemporary classic singer capable of anything deeply vocal."
- Vancouver Observer





Merge this Friday!
Looking forward to playing a show at Merge in Vancouver this Friday with Stefan Smulovitz, Jeff Younger and Ben Brown!

A one of a kind event at Merge! 

The musicians will perform improvised interpretations of projected images of work by the fascinating Austrian artist Hundertwasser. 

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Looking forward to playing a show at Merge in Vancouver this Friday with Stefan Smulovitz, Jeff Younger and Ben Brown!

A one of a kind event at Merge! 

The musicians will perform improvised interpretations of projected images of work by the fascinating Austrian artist Hundertwasser. Stefan has written custom software that will choose a random grouping of musicians, paired with a random image, and then countdown each improvisation with a duration from 15 seconds to 3 minutes long.

Hundertwasser was a very interesting artist, who's unruly and original vision was expressed in pictorial arts, architecture, clothing, postage stamps, flags, philosophy and environmentalism.

"It pleases me enormously to see that the line I trace is never straight, never confused, but has a reason to be like this in every tiny part. Beware of the straight line and the drunken line. But above all beware of the T-squared straight line.

The straight line leads to the downfall of humanity." 

http://www.hundertwasser.at/

Viviane Houle - voice
Stefan Smulovitz - laptop, viola, processing
Jeff Younger - guitar, electronics
Ben Brown - drums, percussion

http://www.vivianehoule.ca/
http://www.stefansmulovitz.ca/
http://jeffyounger.net/
http://pugsandcrows.com/about

To start the night, there will be a reading by a local writer, TBA. Stay tuned!

Doors 9:30
Reading 10:15, Music 2 sets starting @ 10:45
$10
MERGE is at the NE corner of Powell and Clark
Ring the doorbell by the Merge sign.

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SoundOut Voice Workshop!
I had a wonderful time teaching a voice workshop this past Saturday at the beautiful Granthams Hall in Gibsons, BC. 
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I had a wonderful time teaching a voice workshop this past Saturday at the beautiful Granthams Hall in Gibsons, BC.  Seventeen intrepid singers, lots of laughter, great sounds!  Thanks to everyone to participated.  xx Viviane
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Sechelt Festival
What a great festival!  Enjoyed both shows that I performed with Stefan Smulovitz - one in collaboration with visual artist Dean Schutz and the other with the amazing dancers from the Dances on Water project.  See you next year!  
 
Vancouver International Jazz Festival with Didier Petit and Sylvain Kassap
I am so looking forward to playing with Didier Petit and Sylvain Kassap from France tomorrow night, along with Stefan Smulovitz, at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.  We first met and played with them back in 
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I am so looking forward to playing with Didier Petit and Sylvain Kassap from France tomorrow night, along with Stefan Smulovitz, at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.  We first met and played with them back in 2009, when the Jazz Fest matched us up.  We all met backstage 15 minutes before going onstage and then played.  It was a wild set of improvisation.  Stefan and I hosted Didier here on the Sunshine Coast a couple years after that and shared a couple great gigs during that visit.  It's been awhile... here we go!
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Roberts Creek Arts Festival
Our music studio here in Roberts Creek, Lotfive Sound, will be one of seven venues in this year's Robert Creek Arts Festival.
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Our music studio here in Roberts Creek, Lotfive Sound, will be one of seven venues in this year's Robert Creek Arts Festival.  We're looking forward to hosting and performing with both local and international artists who will be working with us at our studio.  Stayed tuned for more info....

The festival is May 17th - 19th, 2013.

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Workshopping with Juliet Palmer and Su-Feh Lee
I was also in the studio in September with Su-Feh Lee (Battery Opera) and Juliet Palmer (Urban Vessel) working on source material from my Charlotte Saloman research project.  Amazing women to work with!!  Two new project ideas/directions came out of this one year process... more to come.
Viviane Houle
Canada Council
 
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