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





teaching with Jennifer Mascall Dance Company - WOW week!
Last week I worked with a great team of instructors and a fearless group of participants, mostly dancers, during the Jennifer Mascall Dance Companies' WOW week http://www.mascalldance.ca/way-out-west-2013/ in Vancouver.  A very rewarding teaching experience for me!

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Last week I worked with a great team of instructors and a fearless group of participants, mostly dancers, during the Jennifer Mascall Dance Companies' WOW week http://www.mascalldance.ca/way-out-west-2013/ in Vancouver.  A very rewarding teaching experience for me!

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Richard Armstrong on the Sunshine Coast!
It was a thrill to host, voice teacher/director, Richard Armstrong, here on the Sunshine Coast this past week.  
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It was a thrill to host, voice teacher/director, Richard Armstrong, here on the Sunshine Coast this past week.  He taught a wonderful voice workshop on Monday to 16 lucky vocalists.  I also had the great fortune to do his 2 day workshop in Vancouver previous to this.  What a treat and inspiration!  I look forward to working with him in NYC in October as part of a professional development grant I received from the BC Arts Council.
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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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Viviane Houle
Canada Council
 
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