j o e s o r b a r a [ d o t ] c o m  .   p r o j e c t s   .   f r a n ç o i s   h o u l e   &   j o e   s o r b a r a   ::   S o H O

françois houle . clarinet
joe sorbara . drums, percussion

clyde reed . bass    joe sorbara . drums, percussion

“The music that has emerged from the duo of François Houle and Joe Sorbara comes to us from a remarkable vortex of unique experiences, memories, impulses, and techniques. Their past experiences can only be partially summarized. Houle has released dozens of recordings, collaborated with notable figures such as Marilyn Crispell, Evan Parker, Gerry Hemingway, Dave Douglas, and Myra Melford, examined the relationship of music and poetry with Catriona Strang, performed the music of Elliott Carter and Pierre Boulez, incorporated electronics into his instrumental palette, composed an alluring concerto for the clarinet, on which he has developed a virtuosic, ever-expanding technique. Sorbara has brought his vision of percussive sonorities to many Canadian ensembles that have explored various approaches to jazz, chamber music, and improvised settings, including essaying the music of Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, Jimmy Giuffre, and Sun Ra, he has taught at a number of universities and colleges, and previously worked with François Houle in a trio format, Alien Radio.”

— Art Lange, notes from HUSH (ezz-thetics by HatHut 1034)

In June, 2020, François drove across Canada from Montréal to Vancouver, making stops in major cities along the way to play backyard concerts to raise funds for four distinct causes that he felt to be intimately connected to our realities in the days of Pandemic. Closest to his heart was a fundraising effort to support cancer research via the BC Cancer Foundation in honour of his dear older brother, Yvon.

On the 21st, he drove into Toronto and SohO played a short concert for a few cautious friends and neighbours in Joe's stifling Bloordale backyard:

h o m e

[ i ] bio

[ ii ] events

[ iii ] projects

never was  

françois houle & joe sorbara

alien radio
(houle/ meger/ sorbara)

the imperative  


imaginary percussion ensemble  

reliable parts  

paul dutton & joe sorbara  


my misshapen ear  

other foot first  

remnants trio  

squash recipe  

[ iv ] discography

[ v ] gallery

[ vi ] contact

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