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Bass clarinetist Freedman, with help from pianist Brigitte Poulin, interprets the works of modern composers including Giacinto Scelsi, Georges Aperghis, Monique Jean, &c.

Freedman, Lori

Freedman, Lori: Bridge (Collection QB)
Label: Collection QB    
Released in: Canada    

Among many things the function of a bridge is to connect otherwise separate parts, creating a larger, more inclusive whole. The form of a bridge, its structure and design, is beautifully essential. This Bridge is no exception: whether the music is written or improvised what is important to consider is the renaissance of the musician who, as in the past, is both an interpretive and a creative artist, a performer who makes music by way of integrating, "bridging" both worlds to form a larger more unified one. Here Freedman makes the necessary connection between the composer and the listener by her delivery as interpreter, improvisor and as composer herself."-Ambiances Magnetiques

Why Bridge?

One: I love this music.

Two: To document a moment in my career when my playing music is equally about composition, interpretation and the spontaneous combination of the two, in improvisation. For my own artistic health each practise is exactly necessary for the others. Thus Bridge: the connecting structure, the all-inclusive form.

Three: To draw focus to the triangular relationship that exists between the composer, the performer/improviser, and the audience - all roles with which I am very familiar. I am describing there in here: there, the composer; in, inside me as the performer/improviser; here, now in your ears.

Four: A public offering of an exceptional and extraordinary programme of solo clarinet music. The most recent composition, my début performance and the only track with two players, is Michel Galante's Flicker, a duo for clarinet in perpetual motion and a minimal though reassuring bell-tolling piano. Flicker's mechanical flurry is pure texture: a piece concerning the tangible surface. The most sharply contrasting piece is coincidently the oldest, Giacinto Scelsi's Maknongan. This otherworldliness addresses sensations below the surface by undulating waves of slow-motion Morse code. Apart from the gorgeous redrich sound of the contrabass clarinet this score demands creative attention towards what is not written. Turning upwards in tessitura, speed and volume is the second oldest piece on the programme, Franco Donatoni's Clair. This "jazzy halleluiah" contrasts the inquisitive, more introspective nature of the other scores: in the style of an epic military tattoo, Clair is a pure exclamation of joy. Monique Jean has given me music as a passageway: a tunnel, a covered bridge. The only electroacoustic composition here low memory #3 is by nature multiphonic, aurally multi-dimensional and psychically multi-temporal: filling the ear with the weight of a vivid but distant past, powerfully propelling into the present, and groping into inevitable light. The two French works are again contrasting, both to the other compositions and to each other. Whereas the two Italians provide extremes in musical feel, Pascal Dusapin's Itou and Georges Aperghis' Simulacre IV differ radically from each other by the treatment of their materials. Where Itou uses a vast vocabulary to depict a singular character, Simulacre contains relatively few motifs that, re-iterated with nuance, produce a multitude of meanings. If Itou is an angular portrait of a "wyrd" being, peculiar and unpredictable enough to eliminate any programmatic inference, Simulacre is a simple homonymic song, neither rambling nor stumbling in discourse, but rife with specific babblings. My own composition, Brief Candles, stands alone on this album as the only score that includes both written and improvised sections. It requires the performer to be both virtuous and disobedient, always straddling a balance between knowing and discovering, this dichotomy rampantly abused by obscuring the sense of beginning, middle and end.

Five: Bridge One: Firth of Forth, Bridge Two: de Normandie and Bridge Three: 59th Street were entirely improvised moments during the studio sessions, music that was certainly influenced by the written works swarming at the tip of my breath. As with my practise during live performances, I wanted to record that which would surface spontaneously while under the influence of such an exigent programme, relating entities and organizing sounds in time. The result is there, here for you, in my Bridge.

- Lori Freedman

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Improvised Music
Musique Actuelle
Compositional Forms

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Product Information:

UPC: 771028370924

Label: Collection QB
Catalog ID: CQB 0909
Squidco Product Code: 12582

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve 3 panels
Recorded at Studio 270, Montreal from June 26-28, 2009 by Bernard Grenon.


Lori Freedman-bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet

Brigitte Poulin-piano


Georges Aperghis

Franco Donatoni

Pascal Dusapin

Lori Freedman

Michel Galante

Monique Jean

Giacinto Scelsi

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Track Listing:

1. Bridge One: Firth of Forth 2:12

2. Flicker 2:58

3. Itou 7:33

4. Brief Candles 11:02

5. Maknongan 4:24

6. Bridge Two: de Normandie 5:21

7. Clair 5:09

8. Simulacre IV 8:12

9. Bridge Three: 59th Street 6:00

10. low memory #3 11:46