Hailed as one of Canada's most provocative and creative performers, Lori Freedman is internationally recognized for her work in contemporary, improvised, and electroacoustic music, as well as for dance and theatre. As a soloist she is described with conspicuous distinction: "a fantastic musician", "the inimitable", "the musical revolutionary" and "consummate artist". She was the 1998 recipient of the Freddie Stone Award for the "demonstration of outstanding leadership, integrity and excellence in the area of Contemporary Music and Jazz". To standing ovations and rave reviews Freedman's recent performance of John Corigliano's Clarinet Concerto earned his public declaration that "she plays my piece as though she owns it--and she does!"

In addition to guest appearances with Canadian orchestras including Vancouver, CBC, Winnipeg and Manitoba Chamber she performs frequently with the Ig Henneman Tentet (NL), the Vancouver New Music Ensemble (BC), and her own duo Queen Mab (MB, with Marilyn Lerner on keyboards). She is in constant demand at European, American, and Canadian festivals presenting improvised music and new works of her own and of other composers. Ms Freedman is highly active in the commissioning of new work, and to date has premiered more than 25 Canadian compositions for solo bass clarinet. She can be heard on twenty-three commercial recordings in addition to her own solo CD, HUSKLESS! Lori Freedman Live in Concert which was released in April 1999 on the Artifact label.

Her Canadian duo Queen Mab released their debut CD Barbie's Other Shoe in April 1997 and have since made three extensive tours throughout North America. In June 1999 they recorded music with five Toronto-based improvisers for their second disc Close: The Duos and Trios. Always an explorer of performance styles, she is continually involved with the creation of works that integrate disciplines. During last year's season Freedman also created the movement/music/film performance I Went by a Clean Name with dancer/choreographer Brent Lott. For theatre she composed and performed the music for Gertrude Stein and a Companion that was chosen "first pick" at seven Fringe Festivals in western Canada. She created and performed 911, a solo clarinet/movement piece for the Art in Open Spaces series that took place at several downtown fountain sites in Toronto. And she created two soundtracks: for Erika MacPherson's film Disobedience and for the video/performance piece of Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, The Headless Woman.

Recently returned from a three-month sojourn in Amsterdam working with Louis Andriessen and Misha Mengleberg on compositional development, Freedman also appeared in performance with some of Europe's most prominent improvisers. Consequently she was invited to return on five separate occasions for world premieres and recordings with: the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, the Ig Henneman Tentet, the Houtkamp/Freedman Duo, Magpie Theatre and the Zaal Honderd Improvised Music Series. Upcoming highlights include Pushing Daisies (UK-Foursight Theatre), DuMaurier Jazz Festival (Vancouver), The Sound Symposium (Newfoundland) and a featured concert in Supermeme's Cartes Blanches Series (Montreal).

Performance Quotes

Lori Freedman is the best thing that ever happened to New Music. It is fantastic playing by a fantastic musician. Lori Freedman now owns my concerto"

composer John Corigliano, New York City

"The inimitable, Lori Freedman"
journalist Robert Enright, Canada

Hailed as a bass clarinet virtuoso and one of the country's finest interpreters of contemporary music"
music critic
Alex Varty, Vancouver

"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

"The closest thing to Laurie Anderson since Laurie Anderson"
audience member at Roulette, New York City

Freedman has the conception, the sheer abandon that makes new music work"
music critic
Murray Dineen, Ottawa Citizen

Freedman... a musical revolutionary...has a reputation for musical daring that places her in the front ranks of the musical avant-guard in North America"
music critic Michael Scott, Vancouver Sun

"...starts good and just keeps getting better!"
violist Richard Moody, Winnipeg

Selected Discography

HUSKLESS! Lori Freedman Live in Concert Artifact (ART 020)

Barbie's Other Shoe Nine Winds (NWCD 0198)

Tsirkus Traditional Crossroads (4202)

Indigo Wig (04)

Treeline CBC Records (MVCD 1109)

The Composer in the Computer Age (vols. 16, 27) Centaur (CRC 2219)

Whose Forest? Hornblower (98104)

Lesbian American Composers CRI (CD 780)

Action/Reaction IMED (IMED 9105)