Lori Freedman is known internationally as one of the most provocative and creative performers in the field of contemporary music. Her work includes concert repertoire, improvised and electroacoustic music, and she frequently collaborates with dance, theatre and visual artists. Over 45 composers have written solo bass clarinet music for her, and since 1981 Freedman has been working with an eclectic mix of musicians including Toru Takemitsu, Iva Bittova, Helmut Lachenmann, Joélle Léandre, Mauricio Kagel, Steve Lacy, George Lewis, Richard Barrett, Frances Marie Uitti, Misha Mengleberg, Evan Parker, Mark Dresser, Suzie Ibarra, Fred Frith, Giorgio Magnanensi, Ab Baars, Joe McPhee, Barry Guy, John Oswald, Benny Sluchin, Karl-Heinz Essl, Sandeep Bhagwati, Ana Sokolović, Bernard Falaise, Martin Tétreault, Jean Derome, René Lussier, Rohan de Saram and Diane Labrosse. Her work has been recorded on 28 CDs.
In 1998 Lori Freedman received the prestigious Freddie Stone Award for the “demonstration of outstanding leadership, integrity and excellence in the area of contemporary music and jazz” and at the National Jazz Awards she was nominated as Clarinetist of the Year in 2003, ’04, and ’06.