Long-time readers wanted! All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!


I want to help

Erik Friedlander

Cellist Erik Friedlander is a composer and an improviser, a first-call studio player and a jazzbo. A veteran of NYC's downtown scene, his 12 CDs as a leader recently include, Block Ice & Propane, his solo cello reinterpretation of American roots music; The Broken Arm Trio, a trio tribute to jazz bassist Oscar Pettiford; and Volac, a romantic collection of virtuoso solo cello pieces by John Zorn. Erik has performed on 100's of recordings and soundtracks including work with Laurie Anderson, The Mountain Goats, Ennio Morricone, and Courtney Love.

Friedlander started studying music at an early age, beginning at age 5 with folk guitar and then, at age 8, cello lessons. He grew up in a house filled with music as his father, an avid music lover, made countless mix tapes. Erik's desire to actively participate in the swirl of music styles he grew accustom to hearing led him to find new ways to play the cello. His compositions and his improvising style attempt to blend the traditions of classical and popular music styles with an always evolving vision of what a cellist can be pushed to accomplish.

Read more
CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
”Erik Friedlander can do things with a cello that should have a reasonable listener fearing for her life,” says PitchforkMedia.com, “Rostropovich one second and Rottweiler the next.”

Billboard wrote, “Friedlander [is] one of today's most ingenious and forward-thinking musical practitioners.”

“If there's a venerable tradition of American road films, Block Ice & Propane belongs in the associated list of great road albums.” -- John Corbett (Downbeat)

Primary Instrument

Cello

Location

New York, NY

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

19 Photos

Albums

Illuminations
Illuminations
Skipstone Records
2015
buy
Oscalypso
Oscalypso
Skipstone Records
2015
buy
Nighthawks
Nighthawks
Skipstone Records
2014
buy
Claws & Wings
Claws & Wings
Skipstone Records
2013
buy
[no cover]
Claws And Wings
Brassland
2013
buy
[no cover]
American Power
Brassland
2012
buy

Videos

Similar Artists

Ornette Coleman Ornette Coleman
sax, alto
John Zorn John Zorn
sax, alto
Dave Douglas Dave Douglas
trumpet
McCoy Tyner McCoy Tyner
piano
Marc Ribot Marc Ribot
guitar
Uri Caine Uri Caine
piano
Mark Dresser Mark Dresser
bass, acoustic

Access Events in 300 cities!

Find out who's playing when and where with the Jazz Near You app. Available at the App Store and Google Play. Free!

Download the Jazz Near You app