François Houle RECODER 4et


  • François Houle - clarinet
  • Gordon Grdina - guitar
  • Mark Helias - double bass
  • Gerry Hemingway - drums

Saturday July 2nd 7:00 pm @ National Arts Centre - Fourth Stage

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Houle is an accomplished and busy classical, new music and world music performer and a noted composer-performer of electroacoustic clarinet music. When he turns his focus to avant jazz, this unusually broad range of musical experience inevitably contributes to the music's interest.

The music of RECODER 4et is rhythmically driven, with Grdina's incendiary guitar playing matched by Mark Helias' fluid bass lines and Gerry Hemingway's propulsive, unconventional drumming. Following a rigorous compositional process, RECODER was designed to highlight the musicians' infectious virtuosity and to tackle ideas inspired by a wide range of influences, from Miroslav Vitous, Olivier Messiaen and Jimmy Giuffre to Anthony Braxton.

COVID Policy

The Ottawa Jazz Festival will align its Covid policy with any government safety regulations whether from civic, provincial, or federal authorities as they arise. At the moment (May 29th), there are no advisories mandating precautions for wearing masks or showing vaccination certificates for any festivals or indoor/outdoor performing arts events.

However, it is our practise to ask patrons, staff, and volunteers to wear masks while attending performances at indoor venues and wearing masks while outdoors in the Park is optional.

In addition, we will be going cashless at all our points of sale this year.

Our concern is everyone’s health and safety, naturally. Please do what’s best for you and makes you feel comfortable, except for masks indoors, you are free to do as you choose.

Catherine O’Grady

Executive Producer

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