Cellist Erik Friedlander is a prolific solo artist, bandleader and film composer. Having been a sought after studio musician and improviser in New York’s downtown music scene for years, Friedlander has recently become well known for his work scoring film and television. He most recently scored an episode of Matthew Weiner’s (Mad Men) new show The Romanoffs in the fall of 2018. In 2017, Friedlander composed the score for Thoroughbreds, a feature film directed by Cory Finley, which garnered great critical acclaim. Also in 2017, he scored the film Oh Lucy!, directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival this summer.
In 2018, Erik released his latest album Artemisia, with his new quartet The Throw. The record distills the brain-bending powers of absinthe, and showcases the immediate chemistry of this new band. Artemisia was Friedlander’s 22nd record under his own name. Other recent releases include 2016’s Rings, featuring Black Phebe, Erik's three-trios-in-one band; and 2015’s Oscalypso, a grooving tribute to bassist and sometimes cellist Oscar Pettiford. Erik has also composed music for ads, dance, and documentaries including the score for 2013’s Nothing on Earth, about the work of landscape photographer Murray Fredericks and his dangerous visits to the Greenland icecap. Erik also scored the feature film Future Weather, which saw release in 2013.
Friedlander started studying music at an early age, beginning at five with guitar, before commencing cello lessons at eight. He grew up in a house filled with music, as his father, an avid music lover, made countless mixtapes which played daily in their home. He has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as The Mountain Goats, John Zorn, Dave Douglas and Courtney Love. Erik's desire to actively participate in the swirl of musical styles he was surrounded by led him to find new ways of playing the cello. This discovery drives his solo work, and work as a composer, which is varied and unusual.
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