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Lori Freedman: Biography

Lori Freedman
1958 -
Region: Québec

Lori Freedman

Conspicuously described as “a musical revolutionary”, she is known internationally as one of Canada’s most provocative and creative performers. Her work includes contemporary, improvised and electroacoustic music, and she frequently extends into multidisciplined forms collaborating with dance, theatre and visual arts. Over 30 composers have written solo bass clarinet music for her and her work has been recorded on 24 commercial CD’s most recently A un moment donne (13 improvisations for solo clarinet/bass clarinet on the Ambiances Magnetiques label, AM 103), Close, Barbie’s Other Shoe, Tsirkus, and Indigo. Just prior to the release of her debut feature solo album HUSKLESS! (Artifact 20) she received the 1998 Freddie Stone Award for the “demonstration of outstanding leadership, integrity and excellence in the area contemporary music and jazz”. That CD won her the nomination for a Prairie Music Award, 2000 as the “Most Outstanding Classical Recording”. Highlights from Freedman’s most recent activities include concerts with Misha Mengleberg, Maggie Nicols, Ab Barrs, Luc Houtkamp, Joe McPhee, Barre Phillips, Kaffe Mathews, Barry Guy, Peggy Lee, Danielle P. Roger, Iva Bitova, Fred Frith and Rene Lussier. Upcoming events see Freedman: on a solo concert tour of improvised music (BC), in duo concerts with Joe Mcphee and Marilyn Lerner in New York, on a North American concert tour in trio with Queen Mab and Ig Henneman, in a co-creation involving electronics with Wendy Bartley (Amsterdam/Toronto), as composer-in-residence at the Leighton Artist Colony at the Banff Centre, and one of the three featured Scratch Festival artists with Toronto’s Array Music. She is one of three Canadians featured in the Clarinet Festival at Montreal’s Theatre La Chapelle in May 2003 and will be recording and touring with Rene Lussier’s Septet throughout the year.

“Musical to the bone, Freedman is an artist who is in your face and you’re glad of it”
CBC radio producer David Jaeger, Toronto

“Freedman has an erotic character in performance that’s smooth like honey and sharp like a bee sting, making any expedition with her worth taking.”
Robert Everett Green, Toronto Globe and Mail

Jan. 2004


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