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Tamara Bernstein, National Post, September 28, 2002

The title of this new CD of solo improvisations by clarinetist Lori Freedman translates as “In a Given Moment”. That aptly sums up the fearless, often troubling, sometimes playful, but ultimately ecstatic extemporizations of this extraordinary Canadian artist. With the enormous range of ‘extended’ sounds she draws from the bass and B-flat clarinets—singing and playing different pitches at the same time; playing only the mouthpiece; tapping percussively with fingers or mouth, and so on—one is tempted to say that the only sound that Freedman would be incapable of creating is one that has no meaning. The CD is on the independent Montréal label DAME; if unavailable through stores.

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