Lori Freedman

Lori FreedmanLori has been described as “a musical revolutionary in the front ranks of the avant-garde”. With full throttle in both contemporary and improvised music streams, she is known internationally for her provocative and creative performances. Over 45 composers have written solo bass clarinet music for her, and her own compositions have been performed by Transmission, Supermusique, Continuum, Arraymusic, Upstream and the Queen Mab Trio. Her work has been recorded on more than 60 CDs, with her most recent features being Bridge (solo repertoire and improvisations), Cut a Caper (with Ig Henneman, Axel Dorner, Ab Baars, Wilbert de Joode, Marilyn Lerner), Plumb (with Scott Thomson, trombone), 3 (her Montreal trios including Martin Tétreault, Jean Derome, René Lussier, Rainer Weins, Nic Caloia, Danielle P Roger), À un moment donné (solo improvisations), Huskless! (solo repertoire, solo and group improvisations with Paul Plimley, Pierre Tanguay, Chris Cauley, Marilyn Lerner) and See Saw and Thin Air (Queen Mab Trio). In 1998 she received the Freddie Stone Award (past recipients include John Oswald and Lisle Ellis) for the “demonstration of outstanding leadership, integrity and excellence in the area of contemporary music and jazz”. In addition to her creative work with choreographers, film and stage directors, and multimedia artists, some of her most important collaborators have been Joëlle Léandre, Joe McPhee, Mauricio Kagel, Rohan de Saram, Frances-Marie Uitti, Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble, Philippe Leroux, Paul Steenhuisen and Helmut Lachenmann. “Clarinet never sounded so human-wildly curious, deeply soulful, swooping, swooning naked intimacy.” Juan Rodriguez, Montreal Gazette