Montreal born pianist Marilyn Lerner has been active on the Canadian scene for the past twenty years. She has impressed audiences from coast to coast with the depth and virtuosity of her live and recorded work. She has performed with such jazz luminaries as Bobby Hutcherson, Paquito D'Riverera, Tito Puente, Jon Faddis, Steve Lacy, Christian Escoude, Jane Bunnett, Athuro Sandoval and Vinny Golia. Most recently, she went to Cuba where she completed her newest CD, produced by Larry Cramer and featuring Jane Bunnett, bassist Kieran Overs, and eight of Cuba's finest musicians.
The work contains seven original pieces and two Jazz standards and should be now. This is the first modern Jazz recording ever made in Cuba. For the last four years she has also been performing with Bass Clarinet virtuoso Lori Freedman. Together Lerner and Freedman form Queen Mab, an ensemble that bridges New Music and Jazz.. heir new CD is entitled Barbie's Other Shoe and is available form Nine Winds Records. Queen Mab will be touring eastern Canada and performing in New York City. In 1994 Marilyn won the SOCAN prize for best Jazz Composition, as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The award winning piece, "Healing Hands", is a selection from her first solo album entitled, Miss Overboard" on the Justin Time Label. Other recordings include "Quarter to Three, by the Roy-Lerner Group, featuring Larry Roy on guitar and Peter Erskine on drums. Marilyn's interest in Contemporary Music has resulted in her performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra ads part of the DuMaurier Ltd. New Music Festival, and numerous appearances at Winnipeg's new music Groundswell concert series. In 1997 she is Video Pool's audio artist in residence and will be completing a series of works integrating improvisation with computer technology. Lerner's music is provocative and intensely personal. Her rare blend of vulnerability and skill makes Marilyn a breathtaking performer, and a compelling composer. Her music is soulful, captivating, and entirely unique.
In a new collaboration Singer Adrienne Cooper, the queen of contemporary Yiddish song, and the brilliant pianist/ jazz improviser Marilyn Lerner of Canada's Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band lay down newly composed songs and folk tunes reimagined for jazz piano and voice.