Erik Friedlander

Erik Friedlander ( born July 1, 1960 in New York City ) is an American cellist, composer and band leader of the Free and Creative jazz, free improvisation and contemporary music.

Life and work

Erik Friedlander grew up in an artistic and musical family in Rockland County; his father is the photographer Lee Friedlander, who is known for his cover photographs of albums of the label Atlantic Records. With six years Friedlander started playing guitar two years later cello.

Friedlander is considered a veteran of New York's experimental "Downtown" scene, he worked in the early 1990s with many formations in this context, but also with musicians such as Fred Hersch, Meredith D' Ambrosio and Terence Blanchard, to the soundtrack album for Malcolm X-film "X" he played in 1992. Best known he was well. Due to his collaboration with saxophonist and composer John Zorn, as in the bar Kokba project The cellist also worked with such diverse musicians such as Laurie Anderson, Uri Caine, Dave Douglas, Ellery Eskelin, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Sylvie Courvoisier, Courtney Love and Phil Woods. He is also a member of the jazz / fusion quartet Topaz. In the 1990s he took with this band and the formation Chimera several albums, inter alia, to anger Tzadik label on.

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Albums as a leader

  • Dave Douglas: Convergence ( Soul Note, 1998); Witness ( RCA, 2000)
  • Marty Ehrlich: Live Wood ( Music & Arts, 1996)
  • Ellery Eskelin: Vanishing Point ( Hatology, 2000)
  • Joe Lovano: Celebrating Sinatra ( Blue Note, 1996)
  • Myra Melford: The Same River Twice ( Gramavision, 1996)

Albums of Masada Chamber Ensembles (all Tzadik )