Erik Friedlander

Biography

Country: United States of America  
Cellist Erik Friedlander grew up exposed to R&B and jazz since his father photographed many album covers for Atlantic during the '50s and '60s. During his childhood and high school years, Friedlander was involved in chamber groups, his school orchestra, and a local rock band. He enrolled at Columbia University in 1978 to pursue a music degree, but it wasn't until a year later, upon hearing and speaking with bassist Harvie Swartz, that Friedlander Read more decided to become a professional musician. Shortly thereafter, he joined Swartz's quintet, and the group released Underneath It All on Gramavision. His idea of what role a cello could play in jazz and modern music changed when he heard Hank Roberts in the string trio Arcado. Not too long after this, Friedlander began working with saxophonists John Zorn and Marty Ehrlich and trumpeter Dave Douglas. He performs on Douglas' 1993 release on Soul Note entitled Parallel Worlds. The next year, he formed his own group, Chimera, a quartet with clarinetists Chris Speed and Andrew D'Angelo and bassist Drew Gress; the group has two CDs out on Zorn's labels, Avant and Tzadik. Friedlander still performs classical music -- he has been principal cellist with Marin Alsop's Concordia, for instance -- but is focusing more on composition and improvisation; he's toured the U.S. and Europe with Joe Lovano, Myra Melford, John Zorn, and more. Friedlander has made appearances in the pop realm, too, having contributed parts to CDs by Maxwell and Dar Williams; he even performed on MTV with Courtney Love's Hole. In 1996, he formed the group Topaz -- originally to accompany a dance recital his wife choreographed -- which brought together Andy Laster and the rhythm section of brothers Satoshi and Stomu Takeishi; they recorded a self-titled album (which Siam released) the end of that year. Besides being busy with Topaz, the close of the '90s found Friedlander playing in a new quartet inspired by the work of Balthus, called the Game of Patience, with Ikue Mori; Skin followed in early 2000. Read less
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    Andy Laster: Riptide
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 8083 Release Date: 10/24/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andy Laster
    Performer:  Moran Katz,  Ning Lu,  Jennifer Choi,  Hamilton Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Mick Rossi
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    111 - The Collector's Edition 2 [56-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779142 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Harling,  Robert Lloyd,  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Nelson,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Semkow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  George Watson's College Boys' Chorus  ... 
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    John Zorn: What Thou Wilt
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 8076 Release Date: 10/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Zorn
    Performer:  John Zorn,  Stephen Drury,  Stephanie Nussbaum,  Mike Nicolas  ... 
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    Cassandra / Zoar
    Label: Point Music   Catalog: 456315 Release Date: 08/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Montes
    Performer:  Erik Friedlander,  Michael Montes,  Peter Rundquist,  Laura Seaton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zoar
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    Lucifer - The Book Of Angels Vol 10 / Bar Kokhba
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7367 Release Date: 03/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Mark Feldman,  Cyro Baptista,  Joey Baron,  Greg Cohen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bar Kokhba Sextet
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    Zorn: Book Of Angels Vol 8 / Friedlander
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7363 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Zorn
    Performer:  Erik Friedlander
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    Dave Soldier: Chamber Music
    Label: Mulatta Records   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 02/20/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dave Soldier
    Performer:  Laura Seaton,  Erik Friedlander,  Richard Auldon Clark,  Dave Soldier  ... 
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    Golijov: Ayre; Berio: Folksongs / Dawn Upshaw, Andalusian Dogs
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000478202 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Osvaldo Golijov,  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw,  Jeremy Flower,  James Sommerville,  David Krakauer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andalucian Dogs
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    Zorn - 50th Birthday Celebration Vol 1 / Masada String Trio
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 5001 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Zorn
    Performer:  Erik Friedlander,  Mark Feldman,  Greg Cohen
    Conductor:  John Zorn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masada String Trio
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    Soldier: The Apotheosis Of John Brown; Duo Sonata
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85549 Release Date: 01/05/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dave Soldier
    Performer:  Robbie McCauley,  Napus Davoy,  Jason White,  Mary Lee Kortes  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Auldon Clark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Chamber Orchestra members,  Soldier String Quartet,  Seaton-Friedlander Duo
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    Mori: Moonsongs / Mori, Bleckman, Coleman, Kang, Et Al
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7055 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ikue Mori
    Performer:  Ikue Mori,  Theo Bleckmann,  Anthony Coleman,  Eyvind Kang  ... 
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    Zorn: String Quartets /Hammann, Feldman, Martin, Friedlander
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7047 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Zorn
    Performer:  Erik Friedlander,  Mark Feldman,  Lois Martin,  Joyce Hammann
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    David Shea - Classical Works / Octors, Ictus Ensemble
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7041 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Shea
    Performer:  David Shea,  Erik Friedlander,  Miguel Bernat,  Piet Van Bockstal  ... 
    Conductor:  Georges-Elie Octors
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ictus Ensemble
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    Music Romance Vol. 1: Music For Children, 10th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7321 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Zorn
    Performer:  John Zorn,  Marc Ribot,  Greg Cohen,  Erik Friedlander  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio,  Prelapse
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    Wagner E Venezia / Uri Caine Ensemble
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Mark Feldman,  Uri Caine,  Dominic Cortese,  Drew Gress  ... 
    Conductor:  Uri Caine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uri Caine Ensemble
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    Memento Bittersweet
    Label: Catalyst   Catalog: 61979 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Calvin Hampton,  Kevin Oldham,  Lee Gannon,  Chris DeBlasio  ... 
    Performer:  Harry Huff,  Thomas Stacy,  Ian Hobson,  Daniel Gilbert  ... 
    Conductor:  William McGlaughlin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra,  Aspen Wind Quintet Choir
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    Zorn - The Circle Maker / Masada String Trio, Bar Kokhba
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7122 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Zorn
    Performer:  Greg Cohen,  Erik Friedlander,  Joey Baron,  Mark Feldman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bar Kokhba Sextet,  Masada String Trio
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    Mark Dresser: Banquet
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7027 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Dresser
    Performer:  Chris Speed,  Erik Friedlander,  Marcus Rojas,  Matthias Ziegler  ... 
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    Zorn: Duras, Étant Donnés / Feldman, Cummins, Bard, Et Al
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7023 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Zorn
    Performer:  Mark Feldman,  Erik Friedlander,  Anthony Coleman,  John Medeski  ... 
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    Erik Friedlander: The Watchman / Friedlander, Speed, Et Al
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7107 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Friedlander
    Performer:  Chris Speed,  Andrew D'Angelo,  Drew Gress,  Erik Friedlander
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    Soldier: War Prayer / Clark, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85589 Release Date: 06/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dave Soldier
    Performer:  Mark Feldman,  Erik Friedlander,  Wilbur Pauley,  Jason White
    Conductor:  Richard Auldon Clark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
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    Johnson: Rock Paper Scissors / Scott Johnson Ensemble
    Label: Point Music   Catalog: 454053 Release Date: 05/07/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Scott Johnson
    Performer:  Mary Rowell,  Phillip Bush,  Erik Friedlander,  Scott Johnson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scott Johnson Ensemble
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    John Zorn: Redbird / Emanuel, Jaffee, Friedlander, Pugliese
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7008 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Zorn
    Performer:  James Pugliese,  Erik Friedlander,  Jill Jaffee,  Carol Emanuel
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    Framework / Friedlander, Seaton, Norton
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85522 Release Date: 10/04/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Friedlander,  Laura Seaton,  Kevin Norton,  Traditional
    Performer:  Kevin Norton,  Erik Friedlander,  Laura Seaton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Friedlander-Seaton-Norton Trio
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