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Stand By 01:37
Ekphrasis 05:08
This Tune... 03:39
Gish Gallop 07:33
Scarlet 03:27
Song L 05:32
Deep River 06:07
Chorale 06:01


This album pays tribute to and celebrates the memory of Ken Pickering, my best friend, mentor, and supporter of my work from the moment we met back when I first moved to Vancouver in 1990. The compositions were not intended as a suite but as the pieces emerged it became evident to me that there was a hidden narrative binding them together as a whole, such as a Requiem (an act or token of remembrance, the Latin accusative of requies, ‘rest’). As I composed the music, echoes of brass band marches, motets, masses, and the Blues wove their way into the sound fabric. To quote Christine Fedina “Ken’s untimely death was devastating and felt especially tragic for the members of Genera. This act of gratitude and love is a lasting tribute to a beautiful soul by this extraordinarily talented group of his dear friends. You may hear a tinge of nostalgia woven through these compositions here and there, but mostly you will hear the joy, humour and boundless love of the human spirit!”


released March 15, 2023

Producer: François Houle
Executive producer: RSI Rete Due, Paolo Keller
a co-production with RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera - Rete Due (with Rete Due logo)
Recording dates: 23-25 march 2022
Place: Studio 2 RSI, Lugano-Besso
Sound engineer: Lara Persia / RSI
Photography: Sheldon Suter (band photo)
Mixing/Mastering: Benoît Delbecq, Bureau de Son, Paris, France

François Houle - clarinet
Marco von Orelli - cornet/trumpet
Samuel Blaser - trombone
Benoît Delbecq - piano
Michael Bates - bass
Harris Eisenstadt - drums


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François Houle is an adventurous avant-jazz clarinetist from Vancouver, BC. His work has been described as highly original, risk-taking, and exhilarating. Visit his website for the latest news, discography and upcoming performances.

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