Episode 27 – Extended Techniques with with François Houle (Part 2 of 2)

Today on the Clarineat podcast my guest is Vancouver’s Francois Houle. We spend the whole episode discussing extended techniques for clarinet players. This includes tips for those who would like to start for the first, playing “double clarinet,” and the importance of adjusting your “ear attitude” so you can appreciate this type of music.

If you’ve ever wanted to get started with extended techniques but weren’t sure how, this episode is for you!

extended techniques with francois houle


Clarinetist François Houle has established himself as one of today’s most inventive musicians in all of the musical spheres he embraces. Inspired by collaborations with the world’s top musical innovators, François has developed a unique improvisational language. His style is virtuosic and rich with sonic embellishment and technical extensions.

As a sought-after soloist and chamber musician, he has actively expanded the clarinet’s repertoire by commissioning some of today’s leading Canadian and international composers and premiering over one hundred new works. His is a founding member of critically acclaimed ensembles such as Sea and Sky, The Turning Point Ensemble and Standing Wave. François has also collaborated with leading ensembles in Canada, including ECM+, Bozzini Quartet, Fibonacci Trio, among others. He has been listed on numerous occasions in Downbeat magazine’s Readers and Critics’ Polls as  “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” and “Rising Star”.


Discussed Topis:

  • Why “extended technique” may be a misnomer
  • Playing two clarinets at once!
  • Adjusting your “Ear Attitude” to play extended techniques
  • Playing from the heart and using the full range of tone colour
  • New instrument called “contraforte” (see video below)
  • Francois’s “Clarinet DNA Project”
  • Be sure to check out Episode 26 with François Houle as well!

François Houle Performing Extended Techniques Live

New Instrument Called “Contraforte”


  • William O. Smith
  • Robert Aitken


Several listeners will receive a signed copy of one of François Houle’s CDs. Remember that giveaways include free shipping worldwide! Remember that if you’d like a chance to win giveaways, you need to subscribe to our email mailing list. In order to do this, please click here.



Thank you for listening, and I look forward to seeing you next week!

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Sean Perrin
Host and Founder
Clarineat Podcast



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Theme music for the Clarineat Podcast is performed by Tom Puwalski (Episodes 1-49), and Michael Lowenstern (episodes 50 to present).

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