Last Seen Headed Trio

@ 8:00pm


$15 General / $12 Students, WF Members
$20 General / $15 Students, WF Members


Joëlle Léandre, double bass (France)
Raymond Strid, percussion (Sweden)
François Houle, clarinet (Vancouver)

This international improvised music trio has been performing together for several years, and has toured in Canada and Europe on several occasions, to critical acclaim. Most recently they performed in Dusseldorf at the Robert Schuman Saal, and at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. They have two stunning CDs on the Red Toucan and Ayler Record labels.


French double bass player, improviser and composer, Joëlle Léandre is one of the dominant figures of the new European music. Léandre has played with some of the great names in jazz and improvisation, such as Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Evan Parker, Irene Schweizer, William Parker, Barre Phillips, Pascal Contet, Steve Lacy, Lauren Newton, Peter Kowald, Urs Leimgruber, Mat Maneri, Roy Campbell, Fred Frith and John Zorn

Trained in orchestral as well as contemporary music, she has also worked with Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain, Merce Cunningham and John Cage, who has composed especially for her – as have Scelsi, Fénelon, Hersant, Lacy, Campana, Jolas, Clementi and about 40 other composers.


Ramond Strid has been playing drums in a variety of scenarios for over 30 years, touring and participating at major improvisation festivals in Europe and North America and performing with improvisers and composers such as Mats Gustafsson, Sten Sandell, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Axel Dörner, Sture Ericson and Ingebrigt Flaten. In 2000 he became a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra.

He considers that, since around 2005, his playing moves stylistically between free improvisation and free jazz, sometimes mixing the two. Strid also teaches improvisation, methods and aesthetics.


Clarinetist François Houle has established himself as one of Canada’s most inventive musicians in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces: classical, jazz, new music, improvised music, and world music. Inspired by collaborations with the world’s top musical innovators, François has developed a unique improvisational language, virtuosic and rich with sonic embellishment and technical extensions. 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.


Crisscrossing then negating boundaries both sonic and geographical, three practitioners of absolute improvisation… (are old hands at this).

…Swedish percussionist Raymond Strid and French bassist Joëlle Léandre lock seamlessly into formation with Vancouver clarinetist François Houle… Léandre extends her improvisations vocally, when with onomatopoeic mimicry she uses Satchmo-like throaty growls to intersect with Houle’s serpentine trilling.. and Strid’s singular rumbles, ruffs and rebounds.

-Ken Waxman, Jazz World


“L’excellence de “9 Moments” n’est pas une surprise : le trio qu’elle (Joëlle Léandre) forme avec le clarinettiste canadien François Houle dont la splendeur sonore n’a d’égal que la concentration extreme du discours et le percussionniste suédois Raymond Strid, authentique scénographe musical, ne dissociant jamais la découpe du temps de sa projection dans l’espace, est incontestablement l’une des experiences les plus abouties de la musique improvisée actuelle.”

-Stéphane Ollivier, Jazzman, April 2009


That these three musicians have worked together before is everywhere evident in the fluidity of ideas and the prowess with which textures change and develop. The confluence of ideas is a paradigm for virtuosity within the genre. They evoke a multitude of moods, colors, and influences – one hears more with each listen. Track 2, Moments grave, alone could occupy a graduate composition class for a semester; Scelsi, Varèse, Cage, Ligeti, Mingus, Louis Armstrong. …The textures range from intimate solos, sometimes sensitively accompanied to vast and complex vistas of electric pulses, space, dimension and Gordian interweaving. They use space magically yet there are few places that they catch their breath for long; the sparks fly throughout this recording. Highly recommended.

-Robert Nairn, International Society of Bassists on 9 Moments Red Toucan, 2008