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Artists Marilyn Lerner

‘with a breathtaking command of the piano, Lerner effortlessly ran through the instrument’s expansive palette of colours. It was delicate and probing, hard driving, witty and funny… — Graeme Pillsworth, Coda Magazine

‘Repeatedly, Lerner’s interpretations are enhanced by the engaging way she slips between limpid coolness and rhythmically charged vibrancy. Pianists with a less finely calibrated touch would plough through passages that Lerner precisely etches. — Bill Shoemaker, Point of Departure

Genre defying pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montréal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered much recognition, including her 2 solo recordings Luminance and Romanian Fantasy and Special Angel with Sonny Greenwich. Her intimate knowledge of the piano, combined with a fearless experimental and passionate spirit render her a true original. Lerner’s work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer, and 20th century classical music.

Along with her innovative solo piano work, Lerner records and performs in her free jazz trio with drummer Lou Grassi and bassist Ken Filiano. She has toured with the Queen Mab Trio, and the Ig Henneman Sextet. Lerner has appeared with Tito Puente, Gerry Hemingway, Steve Lacy, and Sonny Greenwich. and in the New Jewish music scene, with Adrienne Cooper, Frank London, From Both Ends of the Earth, Alicia Svigals and David Wall.

In 2016 she released two new jazz/improvised recordings, Strange Attractors, the Ugly Beauties’ 2nd CD, and Lerner/Filiano/Grassi — Live at Edgefest, on NoBusiness Records.


Marilyn Lerner

Montréal (Québec), 1957

Residence: Toronto (Ontario, Canada)

  • Composer
  • Performer (piano)
  • Improviser

Associated groups

On the web

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  • Left to right: Lori Freedman, Marilyn Lerner, Ig Henneman during the recording, in concert of the album Réunion [Photo: Lauren des Marteaux, Toronto (Ontario, Canada), December 2, 2016]
  • Left to right: Marilyn Lerner, Ig Henneman, Lori Freedman during the recording, in concert, of the album Réunion [Photo: Lauren des Marteaux, Toronto (Ontario, Canada), December 2, 2016]
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Main releases

Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 258, AM 258_NUM / 2021
Mikroclimat / MKR 102 / 2017
Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 187 / 2009
[Independent] / ML 001 / 2006
Wig / WIG 14 / 2006
Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 115 / 2003
[Independent] / FLCD 2003 / 2003
[Independent] / LL 01 / 2001
Spool Music / SPL 111 / 2000


Nessa Records / NCD 40 / 2018