Queen Mab Trio is clarinetist Lori
Freedman (Montreal), pianist
Marilyn Lerner (Toronto) and
violist Ig Henneman (Amsterdam).
They have been creating and
performing for almost five years
now making concert tours across
Canada, the USA and Europe.
The concert programme 'Thin Air' contained works loosely based on the Queen Mab Scherzo from Hector Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet. Anyone who has ever heard the trio play will understand that these musicians feel completely at home in the world of Berlioz, the composer who so eagerly embraced Shakespeare's reckless use of genres and form.
Portland, May 13 2005
(...) a magnificent improvising chamber trio of the highest order. Utilizing ideas and energies from a wide array of musical disciplines they presented an exciting program which was very original and accomplished.
(...) One of the beauties of this band is that it combines qualities stereotypically associated with women - cooperation, deference and blending in ? with ones assigned to men ? aggression, structural rigor and a lack of sentimentality. It's an unbeatable combination.
de Barros Seattle
Times May 2005
Other festival highlights included
Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava's
radiant Quintet, Zakir Hussain's
stunning duets with guitarist John
McLaughlin, Randy Weston's trio,
and the exquisitely edgy Queen Mab
(...)This trio, with improvisation among its formalities, just sparkled, integrating the two concepts into a pliant mature exciting assemblage.
September 14 2005
At times intensely cerebral, elsewhere more purely visceral, Queen Mab was an interesting counterpoint to Evan Parker's waves of sound and Roscoe Mitchell's more Afro-centric quintet performance.
the CD See Saw (Wig 11, 2005)
Strong themes furnish platforms to launch mobile trio interplay that's both tough and supple, intricate and boldly etched. Musical temperaments coincide in compact blocks of accord and skilfully organised bouts of creative friction, and space is made for inspired flights of individual fancy. Queen Mab Trio have a well-defined identity, yet the music is continuously allusive, evoking diverse compositional styles extending from Erik Satie to Louis Andriessen, suggesting awareness too of non-European musical traditions. There's an indebtedness to free jazz energies and techniques as well as more preconceived jazz structures and conditions of virtuosity.
Wire September 2005
François Couture All-Music
Mab that tiny fairy so light and so wary
Long I?ve fear?d that Queen Mab has been with you
Queen Mab tis she who caused all this uproar