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The Virtuosity of Excess
Meet Lori Freedman
February 20, 2016 - August 6, 2016
Lori Freedman is part of a movement of “renaissance musicians,” whose artistic practices span a gamut of activity in making music.
Heralded internationally for her provocative and creative performances in both solo and ensemble settings Freedman’s work encompasses composing, improvising and interpreting scores written by others. As an interpreter of written music for clarinet, hundreds of works have been premiered by and/or dedicated to her.
As Lori said, "After years and years of preparations it seems to me that the only realistic introduction to this project of the X-world is, in the composers’ words: delirious, oracular, unrestrained, metallic, out-of-bounds, furious, agitated, flexible, imperceptible, inaudible, spit, unstable… thud. In my own words, aside from a myriad of unknown or unutterable words that could describe a sound, a gesture, a poem, I would use the following vocabulary: possessed, beasty, hysterical, inside-the-outside, pneumatic, constrained, total calm, ridiculoso, speaking-in-tongues, rock, monolithic… more!"
About the tour
The Virtuousity of Excess is a solo concert of music for bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet. The title is a quote from one of the composers on the programme, Raphaël Cendo, referring to the exploration (and sometimes exploitation) of the beauty of extremes.
The program is about 50 minutes in duration and features music which travels all over the limits and thresholds of the low clarinets, obscuring what is possible and what is not. The compositions are by Brian Ferneyhough, Richard Barrett, Raphaël Cendo, Paolo Perezzani, Paul Steenhuisen and Lori Freedman. The latter three have written pieces specifically for this programme and its theme. Several of the works include singing, one also includes playing a kick drum, and another features live electronics with immersive spatialization. The program has been constructed like a full course meal with careful attention paid to the accumulation of rich but varied "food groups," altogether the aural palate and the psycho-sensorial tastes.
To date this concert is part of an 11-city tour: starting in Ottawa, going on to Toronto, New York, Calgary, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal and ending in Brandon. Each performance is being filmed and selected excerpts will be incorporated in the new feature documentary, SOLOR.
Brian Ferneyhough Time and Motion Study I (1977) for bass clarinet
Paul Steenhuisen Library on Fire (2015) for bass clarinet
Richard Barrett Interference (2000) for contrabass clarinet, voice and kick drum
Lori Freedman Solor (2016) for bass clarinet
Paolo Perezzani Thymos (2014) for contrabass clarinet and voice
Raphaël Cendo Décombres (2011) for contrabass clarinet and live electronics
About Lori Freedman
While managing a full performance schedule (more than 75 public appearances a year), making recordings, touring, teaching and giving masterclasses, Lori Freedman has also been receiving commissions to write music for an eclectic group of artists in Canada and abroad: Arraymusic, Ensemble Transmission, Continuum Ensemble, Ensemble Supermusique, NOW Orchestra, Queen Mab Trio, Lott Dance, Oberlander Films, Foresite Theatre, to name just a few. Her own solo works have been presented across North America and Europe as have her solo repertoire performances. She is a recipient of the Freddie Stone Award for the “demonstration of outstanding leadership, integrity and excellence in the area of contemporary music and jazz.” Landmark collaborators include Joëlle Léandre, Mauricio Kagel, Rohan de Saram, Tristan Honsinger, Jack Quartet, George Lewis, Helmut Lachenmann, Richard Barrett and Jean Derome. She appears on more than 80 recordings and her most recent features include On No (moderecords), Bridge (CQB/DAME), Plumb (Barnyard Records), 3 and À un moment donné (Ambiances Magnétiques), Huskless! (Artifact), See Saw and Thin Air (Wig). "Quite simply, Lori Freedman is a rare musician of true genius… the extraordinary art of this monumental musician." (Roger Woodward, Australian pianist) "Lori Freedman is the best thing that has happened to new music - she is a fantastic musician." (John Corigliano, New York).