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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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Erik Friedlander: Reversing Abstraction

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

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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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Erik Friedlander At National Concert Hall, Dublin

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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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Erik Friedlander: A Little Cello?

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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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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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Erik Friedlander: Oscalypso

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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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Erik Friedlander: Nighthawks

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Named after the famous Edward Hopper painting, which depicts four people in a diner late in the evening, Nighthawks was conceived by cellist Erik Friedlander under similarly evocative circumstances--during the nearly week-long blackout that enveloped much of New York City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in September of 2012. Inspired by the uncanny quiet and solitude, Friedlander set to work crafting a series of new compositions for his roots music-based Bonebridge quartet with slide guitarist Doug Wamble, bassist Trevor ...

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Erik Friedlander: Claws & Wings

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How does one deal with the loss of a loved one? For many artists, expressing remorse through their work is a normal, sometimes necessary, part of the grieving process. Creative improvising musicians, like renowned cellist Erik Friedlander, are no exception.Lynn Shapiro, Friedlander's wife of 22 years (and an award winning choreographer and writer in her own right), died in November 2011 after a long bout with breast cancer. Just days after her passing Friedlander tore a ligament in ...

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Erik Friedlander: Bonebridge

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The quartet featured on Bonebridge is an augmented variation of cellist Erik Friedlander's Broken Arm Trio. The group, with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Mike Sarin, was originally conceived in tribute to Oscar Pettiford's cello experiments--which were undertaken in 1949 when the legendary bassist played the smaller instrument while recovering from a baseball injury. Refraining from bowing, Friedlander employs a fulsome pizzicato technique on the new ensemble's self-titled debut, finding supple concordance with slide guitarist Doug Wamble's spiky twang. Their ...

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Take Five With Erik Friedlander

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Meet 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 ...

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Erik Friedlander: Broken Arm Trio

Read "Broken Arm Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Inspired by the late great bassist Oscar Pettiford (1922-1960) who, after breaking his arm took up the cello is this project by the cellist Erik Friedlander. His Broken Arm Trio is a sweet downhome session full of homespun jazz. Together with bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Trio-Convulsant, Junk Genius) and drummer Mike Sarin (Thomas Chapin, Ben Allison, Mario Pavone) Friedlander puts down (for the most part) his bow to produce some inspired and folksy pizzicato playing.While Friedlander has ...