Hi, I'm Ali Houiellebecq
Akustriks is my company name for all things musical.
Internationally available to book for festivals, corporate, community, parties, cabaret and education. All types of music from classical to comedy, rave to rhapsody, jazz to jingles.
Bringing music to life!
I have been a musician, performer and teacher for quite a few years now!
I love theatrical collaboration using my musical and comedy skills as a performer or as an M.D.
Here's a summary...
Ra Ra Zoo
I was musician/md with the legendary Ra Ra Zoo, a seminal group who created self devised physical theatre performance for theatres using comedy and circus skills. With Sue Broadway, Stephen Kent, David Spathaky, Sue Bradley, Ali Houillebecq and Mark Digby.
I enjoyed working with one of the UK’s most versatile and inventive outdoor arts companies: Desperate Men. Their mischievous, warm hearted work invites audiences to ask serious questions about the world.
Le La Les
I then joined forces with Mark Digby, had children with him and a fabulous vaudeville show as LE LA LES.
We travelled the globe for 10 years winning Best Street Show at Stockton Riverside Festival and performing at many other prestigious Festivals:
My solo shows are Madame D'Orificio (walkabout ) and The Concert (theatre show).
As seen on this page, the only woman to perform a concert on 3 recorders (now 4 !). This can be a walkabout or a static outdoor show. As a static show the audience will be part of the soundscape. With Bushwakkers and beat boxing we'll create a crazy ensemble. Madame D'orificio can also play beautifully of course and has a never ending selection of music and costume to play as a solo performer. Watch Madame in action here...
I was known as Boudicca the Iceni Queen who terrorized the festivals for a few years on a motorised chariot with horse! And Boudicca's alter ego The Snow Queen likes to come out of retirement occasionally.
"Singing opera on a 30 foot high swan going at break neck speed up the River Tees!"
I played in the Americana band THE VAGABAND for 10years. I released three acclaimed albums with them. I played all woodwind , sax and recorders and sang harmonies on the albums.
As a 'straight' muso my instrumental skills are:
Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Baritone Sax. Flute and all Recorders,
Oboe and Cor Anglais ( I did my degree on oboe playing mostly classical music ).
Grade 8 distinction on oboe.
Clarinet, Singing ,Accordion, Piano.Spoons.
My styles of playing range from classical through to drum and bass.
I play and read jazz...
I love folk and country...
I love harmony singing and writing songs.
I run Music and Storytelling workshops for children and adults.
"In 2019 I had an amazing 6 month back packing trip through Central America where I got to perform with other musicians and discovered the delights of the rich culture of other
Other performance work
I dO occasional collaborations with big projects such as Streets of the Moon with D.C productions on the river at Stockton. Also Tin House in Norwich.
In recent years I have worked as composer and MD on two shows for Norwich Puppet Theatre: Legs 11 and Life as Tree. And with Desperate Men at Bristol Museum in a marvelous show about Beouwoulf, as a musician and performer
Duet with Jose McGill (The Vagaband)
As a musician I have been teaching woodwind as a peripatetic teacher for 8 years with the Norfolk Music Service. I took voluntary redundancy and went travelling in Central America with a flute in my pocket and a bag on my back.
played with many fantastic bands and musicians on the way including Cassa Verde from Mexico.
I returned to Central America and Colombia for 4 months in 2019
where I played flute in a Latin group.
I also run workshop. Having taught for the past 8 years. I have my CRB checks in place.