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Unobservable Mysteries

by François Houle & Samo Salamon

Secret Pools 04:38
Cradles 04:35
Hum and Sway 04:38


Liner notes by Samo Salamon:
During the lockdown period in 2020 due to the Covid-19 virus I started investigating other forms of cooperation with other musicians. One such form was the idea of long-distance improvisation. The first musician to come to my mind was Francois Houle. We have never played together, although we played with many musicians in common. I've been a fan of Francois for a really long time -  he has been one of my favorite improvisers and composers ever since I heard his two fantastic albums Cryptology and In the Vernacular. I contacted Francois if he wants to do it and he was really enthusiastic about it… the process was so smooth and seemed like we were actually playing live and with each other since there was such a connection immediately. I first recorded six improvisations on acoustic guitar, and then Francois did his improvisations on me. The second part was that Francois first recorded six improvisations and then I did the improvisations on him… Francois did an amazing job also mixing and mastering the album. Furthermore, we both decided to search for the titles in the poetry of the great US poet Mary Oliver. Oliver’s emotional poetry reflects the current situation and also the situation which the musicians are facing and have to deal with in these times. But out of every bad comes something good. Can't wait to do this live on stages everywhere!!!! Here we come!!! I hope! ;)



released February 4, 2021

Recorded individually by Samo Salamon (Maribor, Slovenia) and François Houle (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Editing, Mixing & Mastering: François Houle December 2020
©2020 FMH productions

Thanks to Lara Hill




Afterday Audio Vancouver, British Columbia

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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