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Erik Friedlander: Complexity, Simplicity and Arc

By Published: May 1, 2006
AAJ: Not a priority at all to have if you're interesting in making art that touches other human beings.

EF: Right. That's the idea. And sometimes I think that that pushes me to try too hard—to try to push things around to make it happen. But I don't think that's such a terrible thing.

AAJ: Okay, you've got this Broken Arm project, and a solo CD recorded that's ready to be released. Are you doing anything else this year?

EF: Gosh, I don't think so. Broken Arm is the next priority to get in the can, and I'm going to be touring with Topaz—I hope. It's very tough, the touring in the States. Probably Europe. Then the solo record comes out in September, so that'll spawn a whole other bit of solo touring. I'm going to do a solo record for [John] Zorn, too, later in the year. Oh, and I have this duo—I'm working with this Italian composer named Teho Teardo. We do stuff together, too, so we have a record coming out.

Selected Discography

Erik Friedlander, Prowl (Cryptogramophone, 2006)
Clogs, Stick Music (Brassland, 2004)
Erik Friedlander, Maldoror (Brassland, 2003)
Erik Friedlander Quake (Cryptogramophone, 2003)
Tim Sparks, At the Rebbe's Table (Tzadik, 2002)
Dave Douglas, Witness (Bluebird, 2001)
Erik Friedlander, Grains of Paradise (Tzadik, 2001)
Ellery Eskin, Vanishing Point (HatOLOGY, 2001)
Erik Friedlander, Skin (Siam, 2000)
Ellery Eskin, Ramifications (HatOLOGY, 2000)
John Zorn, Taboo and Exile (Tzadik, 1999)
Erik Friedlander, Topaz (Siam, 1998)
Dave Douglas, Convergence (Soul Note, 1998)
John Zorn, The Circle Maker (Tzadik, 1998)
Mike Patton, Pranzo Oltranzista (Tzadik, 1997)
Erik Friedlander/Chimera, The Watchman (Tzadik, 1996)
Erik Friedlander/Chimera, Chimera (Avant, 1995)
Dave Douglas, Parallel Worlds (Soul Note, 1993)

Selected Videography

Erik Friedlander, Vanishing Point: a Road Journal (Arconomics, 2005)
Erik Friedlander, Skin (Siam, 2000)

Related Article: Cello Ahead - An Interview with Erik Friedlander (2003)

Photo Credits:
Top photo: Kurt Gellersted
Photo of Topaz: Ashley Thayer
Color Image Friedlander in Performance: Peter Gannushkin
B&W Image Friedlander in Performance: Emiliano Neri

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