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Viviane Houle

Viviane Houle, singer, improviser and composer, is one of Canada’s most talented and respected singer and improvisers. She is widely recognized for her wonderfully fluid and dynamic voice, her remarkable palette of extended vocal techniques, her sensitive lyricism and her fearless wit.

Houle has performed at internationally renowned festivals such as FIMAV, the San Francisco Soundwave Festival and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and has performed with the Vancouver Opera and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She has also been recognized nationally and provincially, receiving numerous grants including major projects and development funds from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council.

Viviane Houle has performed and collaborated with many of the most brilliant personalities in contemporary and improvised music, including Anthony Braxton (United States of America), Louis Andriessen (NL), Didier Petit and Sylvain Kassap (FR), Sissel Vera Petersen (DK), Paul Plimley, Peggy. Lee and Torsten Müller.

She also released two critically acclaimed recordings. Treize, a collection of improvised duets produced by Jesse Zubot and released on the Drip Audio label, and La Belle et la Bette, with violist / composer Stefan Smulovitz.

Viviane Houle lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Works in le Vivier's repertoire