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Queen Mab: Close (Spool)

Queen Mab (pianist Marilyn Lerner and Lori Freedman on clarinet) in their 2nd release, duos and trios with Lee Pui Ming, Jack Vorvis, Fides Krucker, Victor Bateman, Tiina Kiik.

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product information:

UPC: 775020127227

Label: Spool
Catalog ID: SPL111
Squidco Product Code: 9083

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2000
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded May 9, June 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 1999, at the Music Gallery in Toronto, Ontario and May 15, 1997, at Roulette, New York.


Marilyn Lerner-piano

Lori Freedman-clarinets

with guests

Jack Vorvis-drums

Fides Krucker-voice

Tiina Kiik-accordion

Lee Pui Ming-piano

Victor Bateman-bass

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track listing:

1. Oh 10:34

2. Quartet 7:10

3. Close 2:00

4. Knot 5:24

5. Tikes 6:37

6. The Cave Dwellers 12:17

7. Victory 5:49

8. Nameless 2:56

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Musique Actuelle
Toronto Area Improvisation
Octet Recordings

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"In this release, Queen Mab play with greater abandon, aided and abetted by five distinct personalities who join them on one track each. At once more assertive and vigorous in their own forays, they are now carving out quicksilver designs full of tensile strength. Design as the key to all artistic endeavor? Indeed. But so is instinct, and a guiding light that now shines brightly on their path ahead."-Marc Chenard

"Although Barbie's Other Shoe was convincing, this second offering is better in every conceivable way; impeccable production, energizing, urgent and unbridled playing (without overdoing it - we'll put that on the count of feminine sensibility times two). Oh, and a lush artistic presentation. A winner on all counts, this record is a must!"-Francois Couture, All Music Guide

Artist Biographies:

"Lori Freedman. Born Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1958. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (clarinet, bass clarinet)

Qualified as "a musical revolutionary in the front ranks of the avant-garde" by Alex Varty of the Georgia Straight (Vancouver), Lori Freedman (clarinets) is internationally recognized as one of the most creative and provocative performers. She is a member of a select group known as "renaissance musicians" as her artistic activities cover many fields: performer of written music (well over one hundred works have been written for or premiered by her), composer, improviser, teacher, and on occasion, writer. While managing a full performance schedule of more than 75 public appearances a year, Freedman has been receiving commissions to write music for ensembles such as Orkestra Futura, Arraymusic Ensemble, Ensemble Transmission, Continuum Contemporary Music Ensemble, Ensemble SuperMusique, Ensemble Paramirabo, Upstream Orchestra, Queen Mab Trio, Crowbar Trio, Lott Dance, Oberlander Films, Foresite Theatre, Cooke Productions and Autumn Leaf Productions. Her current discography comprises over 59 recordings, the most recent of which include Greffes (Empreintes digitales), On No (Mode Records), Bridge (Collection QB), Plumb (Barnyard Records), 3 and À un moment donné (Ambiances Magnétiques), Huskless! (Artifact), See Saw and Thin Air (Wig). Highlight collaborations include work with Rohan de Saram, Barre Phillips, Helmut Lachenmann, Frances-Marie Uitti, Monique Jean, Joëlle Léandre, Axel Dörner, George Lewis, the Jack Quartet and Richard Barrett."

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