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.

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”Erik Friedlander can do things with a cello that should have a reasonable listener fearing for her life,” says, “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)

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New York, NY

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

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