Virtuoso bass clarinettist Lori Freedman (Adelaide Klarwein)
The Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts Festival kicks off Saturday, March 9 for eight days of illuminating music making.
According to festival co-director Heidi Ouellette, this year's theme is Pop and Noise. "We decided to focus on these two genres because they are two areas that blur easily into new music," she said.
Opening night features a slate of all-women performers. Local singer/songwriter Claire Morrison teams up with Montreal's Ensemble Paramirabo; The Gritty is a chanteuse and video duo that mutilates pop art song from the 19th century; and local duo Mise en Scene helps everyone dance the night away.
Coincidentally or not, many of the featured performers are women. Former Winnipegger Lori Freedman is one of them.
Freedman is considered a giant in the new music world. She will perform March 15 along with up and coming Montreal soprano Sarah Albu who spins sonic novels, acappella-style.
When she is not thrusting walls of bass-clarinet noise at her audience, SCENE wanted to know what's spinning on Freedman's playlist:
I can never seem to find my iPod when I finally find time to listen to music. And it might be easier to share some of my least favourite music but here goes...
Pop: I like most things by Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire. I even like Michael Jackson. When I can see him move it's even better. (It's a nostalgia thing I think.)
Pre-classical: I go for Bach Cello Suites because they always change my state of mind.
Classical: Brahms Clarinet Quintet because it is like coffee and honey and oysters (on different days.)
20th Century: Ligeti Piano Etudes and Messaien 20 Regards Sur Jésus (Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus.) For me, these two pieces are what made the piano one of my favourite instruments to listen to. Also, Iannis Xenakis: Theraps, for Solo Double-Bass...Of course, I think this piece should have been written for solo bass clarinet...deep skin.
Cluster New Music and Integrated Arts Festival takes place from March 9 - 16 at Urban Shaman Gallery. Hear Lori Freedman with Sarah Albu on Friday March 15.
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