Lulu presents: Benoît Delbecq (prepared piano) & François Houle (clarinet)

Lulu Performing Arts Society

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Tuesday, June 21 2016

What is “prepared piano” you might ask? Using a variety objects on and between the strings the piano can produce an evocative and ear-tickling array of sounds and timbres – like a miniature orchestra! Lulu is pleased to present one of the world’s finest prepared pianists, Benoît Delbecq in collaboration with clarinettist extraordinaire, François Houle, for an magical evening of innovative music making – right here on Gabriola. 

Since meeting in Vancouver in 1994, François Houle and Benoît Delbecq have since performed many times in Canada, the USA, and in Europe. The two musicians have been garnering attention and awards for several years, including Benoît’s winning the “Grand Prix du Disque”, the French equivalent to the Junos. Since their CD “Dice Thrown”, won Best Jazz Album of 2002 by Jazzman Magazine, The duo’s performances include performances at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Montreal Off Festival, and San Francisco, where they performed for the Consulate General of France, Sons d’Hiver, La muse en circuit, and Victoriaville.

Born in 1966, Parisian pianist Benoît Delbecq is among the great innovators of the international contemporary jazz scene. The New York Times recently described him as “an original and unconventional pianist” who “expertly” invents a “serene” music. Benoît performs solo piano and solo electronics, leads or co-leads a number of bands from duos to quintets, and is involved in many multi-disciplinary productions of theatre, dance, the visual arts, cinenat, etc. His music features mesmerizing grooves that shake you flashing, lunar melodies. An invitation to a “voyage into a magic land” (Le Monde)

Clarinetist François Houle has established himself as one of Canada’s finest clarinettists in classical, jazz, new music, improvised music, and world music. A West Coast Music Awards and Juno Awards nominee, François has released more than a dozen recordings of his own music on Canadian labels such as Drip Audio, Spool, Songlines, Red Toucan, as well as Germany’s between-the-lines label. In 1998 and 2004 he was listed by Downbeat magazine as “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition.” François tours extensively, appearing in major festivals across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Join Lulu Performing Arts on Monday, June 27th, 7:30pm, in the Phoenix Auditorium at The Haven for an evening of unforgettable artistry! Advance tickets are $20 at North Road Sports and Clothing, $25 at the door, and $5 for Youth (16 & under). For more information please visit or email See you at the show!