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Radio & Podcasts

Illuminations: Erik Friedlander's Remarkable Artistry

Read "Illuminations: Erik Friedlander's Remarkable Artistry" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Erik Friedlander is today's leading cello innovator and a stalwart of the creative music scene. This mixtape captures highlights from some of his recent projects. Erik Friedlander “Beaufin Street" from Bobebridge (Skipstone) 0:00 Erik Friedlander “Night White" from Block Ice and Propane (Skipstone) 4:03 Erik Friedlander “Twenty-six Gasoline Stations" from Nighthawks (Skipstone) 7:03 Erik Friedlander “Zodiac" from Illuminations -A Suite for Solo Cello (Skipstone) 11:36 Erik Friedlander, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier “Cheek to Cheek" from Claws & ...

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Catching Up With

Erik Friedlander: Reversing Abstraction

Read "Erik Friedlander: Reversing Abstraction" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Music works in mysterious ways. Take the latest project by Erik Friedlander. Some time ago, the New York cellist went to an exhibition of six absinthe glasses by Pablo Picasso at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Despite the somewhat abstract and deconstructed nature of these sculptures, he got inspired to write some of the most tactile, swinging, even groovy, music he has ever composed. Perhaps Throw a Glass, the name he chose for this project, represents just ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Erik Friedlander throws a glass of absinthe, and more new releases

Read "Erik Friedlander throws a glass of absinthe, and more new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week Mondo Jazz chats with cellist Erik Friedlander about his latest project inspired by Pablo Picasso's bronze sculpture “Glass of Absinthe." Artemisia--a visually stunning vinyl box set containing musically stunning work--features Uri Caine on piano, Mark Helias on bass and Ches Smith on drums. And, of course, more new releases! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Reinier Baas “Off the Sauce" from Mostly Improvised Instrumental Indie Music on (Mainland) ...

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Live Review

Erik Friedlander At National Concert Hall, Dublin

Read "Erik Friedlander At National Concert Hall, Dublin" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Erik Friedlander Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall jny:Dublin, Ireland February 4, 2017 The sense of privilege was inescapable. To be one of a small number of people present at an intimate performance of music so beautiful felt like a royal invitation. Cellist Erik Friedlander was born the year that Oscar Pettiford died, in 1960, and although nearly half a century has elapsed since Pettiford's death at the age of thirty eight--when he ...

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Interview

Erik Friedlander: A Little Cello?

Read "Erik Friedlander: A Little Cello?" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Normally lumped into the 'miscellaneous instruments' category of jazz awards, the cello has been something of a bit player in the colorful history of jazz. That said, today there are arguably more cellists in jazz and contemporary improvised music--and some extraordinary ones at that--than ever before. One of the best known cellists is undoubtedly Erik Friedlander, whose discography as a leader straddles acoustic jazz, film soundtracks, Americana roots, literature-inspired improvisations, extended suites, avant-garde/contemporary classical music, and compositions inspired by ancient ...

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Album Review

Erik Friedlander: Rings

Read "Rings" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Repetition is sometimes seen as a bad thing. The mundane cycle of everyday life involving the same actions. However, it is only through repetition that differences can occur. A weekend is only special because it stands out as a difference from the ordinary week. But repetition is not only useful as a way of appreciating difference, it also has it is own poetry, which has been explored by minimalistic pioneers such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich. ...

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Album Review

Erik Friedlander: Oscalypso

Read "Oscalypso" reviewed by Troy Collins


As a veteran of the fertile 1990s Downtown NYC scene, cellist Erik Friedlander has been involved in myriad creative endeavors, including innovative sideman work with Dave Douglas and John Zorn, while leading his own unique ensembles, such as Chimera and Topaz. More recently, Friedlander has been performing solo and developing projects inspired by rural Americana, but he has never released an album of covers--until now.Oscalypso features creative reinterpretations of nine of Oscar Pettiford's most beloved tunes. Although Friedlander ...


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