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Review

Dolf Mulder, Vital, no. 1191, July 8, 2019

Lori Freedman needs no introduction here. She is an exceptional performer (clarinet), improviser and composer from Canada. Doing some 75 performances a year, hundreds of compositions were premiered by her over the years. Recently we reviewed Freedman’s solo work Excess. Accompanying her 2016-tour, The Virtuosity of Excess, that had Freedman performing compositions by others (mainly) of very detailed notation. After this intensive period, Freedman felt the urge to play and express more of her own music and work. As a consequence, these recordings came about. She is performing here five of her own compositions, plus doing two improvisations, playing B-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet and voice. This is once again another very worthwhile solo statement by this extraordinary player; very communicative and vibrant music from a very open-minded musician who wants to investigate every corner, crossing every border. Not afraid of extremes and far-out gestures. Her music is full of contrasts, intro and extravert, raw and polished, changes in speed and dynamics, extended techniques, etc. Always in the function of the musical story, she has to tell.

Her music is full of contrasts, intro and extravert, raw and polished, changes in speed and dynamics, extended techniques, etc. Always in the function of the musical story, she has to tell.

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