His clarinet playing reflects his ongoing interest in jazz experimentalism, contemporary classical vocabularies and instrumental extended techniques. His improvisational style draws from Evan Parker and William O. Smith's multi-layered sonic explorations and Anthony Braxton's catalogue of linear sound formings to create a highly personalized language synthesis. He has worked and performed with Marilyn Crispell, Evan Parker, Georg Grawe, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Phil Haynes, Joelle Leandre, Tony Wilson, Vancouver New Music Ensemble and Standing Wave. Houle has toured Europe, the USA and Canada extensively in the spheres of new music and improvised music. His recordings have received enthusiastic reviews from the international press and have been nominated for Juno Awards and Pacific Music Industry Awards.
François Houle appears on these SPOOL releases;
Au Coeur du Litige
with Eyvind Kang & Dylan van der Schyff / Pieces of Time
Tony Wilson Sextet / Lowest Note (as guest)
Bradshaw Pack / Alogos (with Standing Wave)