Viviane Houle

What the press is saying:

 "[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 

"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

For more reviews click on press kit.

 

What Viviane's voice students are saying about her approach to voice: 

Viviane's voice classes have given me courage to share my voice more freely.  It's helped me not just in class with singing, but in daily life of speaking and thinking on my feet.  Working with Viviane is a crash course in creative spontaneity bundled with unexpected joy and beauty!” ~ Tzaddi Gordon, Artist & Designer

"Viviane is the perfect voice teacher!  She meets my 12 year old daughter where she's at, while at the same time inspiring her and expanding her consciousness around all that singing can be.  Viviane's approach is contemporary and unique, yet she incorporates theory and a more traditional style when needed.  We highly recommend her - she has something to offer no matter what your level of singing experience."  ~ Melody Sherwood, Intuitive Energy Healer

 “Viviane helped me find my singing voice when I didn't think I had one.  I discovered how much I love to sing.  During my therapeutic voicework sessions with her, I also found an actress inside.  I have loved to dance all my life, but I now love to sing and dance - both together if possible!  I had so much joyful fun with Viviane and was able to express my fear, anger and my passion for life through dance, song and art.  I am joining a Community Song Circle this fall; something I never dreamed I would do.  I am so grateful to Viviane and highly recommend her for voice lessons and/or therapy.  ~Ann Dickie
  
“I had the great pleasure of taking a three day SoundOut workshop with Viviane some years ago and what a blast we had!  This exploratory experience led me to taking private lessons with Viviane.  I had been looking for the right fit in a vocal teacher for some time and found it with Viviane and her techniques.  I needed an out of the box and experimental way of doing things so really enjoyed the time I spent with her.  If I wasn't so busy right now I would join up for all her SoundOut choir sessions in a heart beat!  Viviane is a warm and highly knowledgeable teacher.  Her enthusiasm is infectious and her creativity a treasure.” ~ Kez Sherwood, Artist/Designer
 

To read more reviews from voice students, click on teaching.

 





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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