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.
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by Enrico Bettinello
by Jakob Baekgaard
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
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)
New York City
Willing to teach