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Film in Music
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A Day's Life
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Ratchet Orchestra
Dixie's Death Pool
The Man With Flowering Hands
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Naranja Ha
Subtle Lip Can
Subtle Lip Can
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Barrel Fire
Fond of Tigers
Continent & Western
Creesus Crisis
A Vacant Lot
Tommy Babin's Benzene
Your Body Is Your Prison
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The People Look Like Flowers At Last
Viviane Houle
Escape Through The Trees
The Perilous Beauty of Madness
Jim McAuley
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Way Out Northwest
Fond Of Tigers
Release the Saviours
The Furniture Moves Underneath
Tony Wilson 6tet
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Francois Houle
Jesse Zubot
Fond Of Tigers
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Tony Wilson
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Crouched Head
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Viviane Houle - Treize

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Viviane Houle

1. Mandrake
2. Molehills Mumps (mp3 excerpt)
3. Paperthin (mp3 excerpt)
4. Gratte-Moi Le Dos
5. Quiet Eyes (mp3 excerpt)
6. It's Not The Moon (mp3 excerpt)
7. Betters And Bads (mp3 excerpt)
8. Finely Tuned Is My Heart
9. Au Revas
10. A Little Storm

11. Bells Hung In A Tree
12. Song Not For You
13. Curve

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Viviane Houle’s debut solo release, Treize, is an intense, subversive and highly submersive album that documents the artistry of this vocal improviser through collaborations with members of Vancouver’s rich creative music scene. Through Treize’s (produced by Jesse Zubot) thirteen improvised duets, Houle takes the listener on a rigorous, but gorgeous journey of dense textures, tender melodic fragments, hypnotic tensions, abstracted texts, restrained chaos and silent refuge. The simmering intensity and unveiled rawness of Houle’s voice acts as a guidepost through the release. As a vocalist and improviser, Houle displays a chameleon-esque quality, moving effortlessly between abstract free-improvisational textures and hauntingly beautiful soundscapes. Bel canto beauty and lush melodic phrases give way to intimate whispers, deep guttural bellows and decibel defying vocal squelches as Houle and her collaborators transform voice and instrument into highly evocative sonic environments. Lyrically, Houle offers fragmented tales of unspoken loss, faltering attempts at love and forgiveness, fragile hopes and cautious dreams. Her texts emerge and are submerged within each improvisation.

Houle spans genres, combining extended vocal techniques with a melodic improvising style derived from her diverse performance background. Known for her riveting live performances, Houle has performed with leading talents in the worlds of creative music (Peggy Lee, Wayne Horvitz), opera/classical (Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), and new music (Louis Andreissen, Cristina Zavalloni). Her voice is heard in works for dance, animation, and theatre. Yet, it is in the improvisational setting where Houle is most at home and where she performs in a variety of ensembles.

Houle’s collaborators on Treize’s duets represent a cross section of Vancouver’s finest improvisers: Peggy Lee (cello), Lisa Miller (piano), Coat Cooke (saxophone), Kenton Loewen (drums), Ron Samworth (guitar), Chris Gestrin (analog keyboards), Jesse Zubot (violin), Jeremy Berkman (trombone), Paul Plimley (piano), Jeff Younger (guitar), Clyde Reed (bass), Brent Belke (guitar), Stefan Smulovitz (laptop – kenaxis). The pieces on Treize embody the latest in a series of musical conversations between Houle and a group of musicians with whom she regularly collaborates. A shared language, mutual respect, curiosity and fearless abandon mark each of the thirteen duets. An intense and passionate journey, Trieze also offers the listener exquisite moments of rest, of play of hope.


"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

" auspicious debut recording from an attention-riveting artist." - Exclaim!

"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

"A great set, well worth checking out." - Paris Transatlantic Magazine

"...Houle's performances are deeply satisfying." - Cadence Magazine

"The Vancouver avant-jazz singer plays hide and seek with a few phrases and a lot of fragmentary vocal sounds..." - The Globe and Mail

"Seldom does a debut release display such self-assured artistic confidence and solid breadth of vision;... A spellbinding listening experience." - 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 of the year’s best albums." - CokeMachineGlow

" of those rare gems of total improvisation that works on every level... the kind of album you could play at a Halloween haunted house to terrify or in a concert hall to mesmerize." - The Province

" improvisations that transcend the ordinary and provide sonic experiences unlike anything else." - Sequenza 21

"...a bold recording that's equally mesmerizing and riveting." - Textura

"...Ms. Houle finds a way to challenge herself and her partners... on this spontaneous gem" - Downtown Music Gallery

"...a very original, multifaced and fulfilling statement." - Vital Weekly (Dolf Mulder)

Album Review: The Squid's Ear
Album Review: Sequenza 21
Album Review: Cadence Magazine

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Top Ten (2009) Destination Out: Exclaim!

Album Review: Eye Weekly
Album Review: Textura
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