Francois Houle

The Secret Lives of Colour

François Houle’s The Secret Lives of Colour

NOVEMBER 4,  2022
ANNEX | 823 Seymour Street | Google Map
Doors at 7:00PM | Concert starts at 7:30PM (PDT)

Joëlle Léandre, double bass
Alexander Hawkins, piano
Kate Gentile, drums
Hamin Honari, percussion
Gordon Grdina, oud and acoustic guitar
François Houle, basset clarinet


Colour, just like shapes and textures, is yet another bridge between the real world and the imagination.

François Houle

A superstar line up of musicians perform François Houle’s new suite based on Kassia St Clair’s best-selling book The Secret Lives of Colour.

Kassia St Clair’s best-selling book The Secret Lives of Colour is described as “a mind-expanding tour of the world” (Simon Garfield) that “will leave you bathed in the gorgeous optics of light.” (Elle)

The book was inspiration for clarinetist, composer, and improviser François Houle to create a rich and imaginative suite inspired by the moods and feelings that colours invoke.

For the Canadian premiere of The Secret Lives of Colour, François has assembled an unbeatable band of superstar musicians and improvisers from around the world. Together, they’ll take you on a musical journey that bridges colour and sound, and connects the real world to imagination.

Discover More On The Secret Lives of Colours by François Houle.

Venue sponsor: Downtown Vancouver Business Association.

Presented by Music on Main and FMH Productions.

The Secret Lives of Colour was commissioned by The Pierre Boulez Saal. The world premiere took place in Berlin on September 23, 2021, as part of the PBS’s Jazz and Improvised Music Series. This work was made possible thanks to the PBS, and the generous support of The Canada Council for the Arts.

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