Houle (clarinets, laptop) and Jesse Zubot (violin, electronics) have been
performing together on the west coast for several years. Strong from their
respective projects (Au Coeur du Litige, Francois Houle 5, Zubot & Dawson,
Great Uncles of the Revolution) the two have joined forces with Toronto
percussionist/turntablist extraordinare Jean Martin (Barnyard Drama) to
form ‘LaConnor’. This album includes highly engaging and intricate works
that incorporate electro-acoustics, improvisations, folk-inspired chamber-like
melodies, samples and humourous dialogue. The result is a fascinating web
of intriguing, relentless textural soundscapes, that stay clear of the usual
pitfalls of musique actuelle.
The members of ‘LaConnor’ have performed with jazz/improv greats such
as Evan Parker, Dave Douglas, Nels Cline, Marilyn Crispell, Joelle Leandre,
Eugene Chadbourne, John Oswald, Henry Kaiser, Dylan van der Schyff, Peggy
Lee, Benoit Delbecq, Torsten Muller Gerry Hemingway, Water Prati and many
“...one of the more distinctive ensembles to emerge in Canada this decade.”
- Point Of Departure
“...brims over with creative music making, intriguing production values,
and an adventurous zeitgeist.” - Exclaim!
“...a collection of sonic landscapes that range from the sweet to the
sinister.” - The Georgia Straight
“..the music this trio creates is quite singular; one of a kind really.”
- CODA Magazine
“The key to LaConnor lies scattered about: natural disasters, film projectors,
front-end loaders, kids and clocks.” - Down Beat
“...pushes the edge - hard.” - Victoria Times-Colonist
Top Ten Experimental/Avant-Garde album
for 2005: Exclaim!
Album Review: Coda Magazine
Interview: The Georgia Straight
Album Review: Exclaim!