Help Fund My New Absinthe Inspired Record


I've recently finished up my newest album Artemisia, a project inspired by the murky history of absinthe as a brain bending, revelation inspiring substance. The album is recorded with my new band Throw A Glass, featuring Uri Caine on piano, Mark Helias on bass, Ches Smith on drums and me on cello. The record is already mixed and mastered and I recently previewed some of the material at The Stone. I truly believe that this album is one of the best of my career and I'm so excited for you all to hear it.

I want to do something special with this project so I'm trying to raise the funds to create a beautiful deluxe vinyl box set to house the recording. I've never tried crowd sourcing before, but I've set up an Indiegogo campaign and would like to ask for your help in supporting this endeavor. I've already paid for the majority of the project - the musician and studio fees, mixing and mastering costs - but need help creating the final physical product. The box set I've designed includes the album on 3 10" LPs, with artwork by Akino Kondoh, and an 8 page booklet with additional writings and artwork. The box set will be a beautiful addition to anyone's collection.

You can check out more details on the campaign at the link below - there are some really great perks that come with donating. If you don't feel as if you can donate, you can still greatly help me out by sharing this link with your friends and followers!

Thank you so much for your time and support!

Ikue Mori Quartet at The Stone


As part of Ikue Mori's residency at The Stone (November 14th-19th), I'm performing tonight in a quartet she has put together. Along with Mori on electronics and me on cello, Satoko Fujii on piano and Kappa Maki on trumpet will also be joining us. This should be an amazing show, I hope to see you there!

The show starts at 8:30pm and costs $20 at the door.

John Zorn in 'S-Hertogenbosch

Tomorrow, I'm taking part in "John Zorn In 'S-Hertogenbosch", an all day festival comprising film scores, string quartets, chamber music, ensemble compositions and improvisations. This concert series takes place in various venues throughout Den Bosch on November 4th. The full schedule follows.

10.00 h - Zorn 2010-2017 (documentary by Mathieu Amalric)

11.30 h - String Quartets (Jack Quartet / Gosling)

13.00 h - Music for Rhythm Section (Sorey / Gosling / Campbell / Lipowski / Blumenkranz )

14.30 h - The Hermetic Organ (Zorn)

15.30 h - Bagatelles I (Friedlander / Campbell / Riley / Lage)

17.00 h - Madrigals (Sheldon / Bates / Brailey / Hughes / Calloway / Sollek)

18.30 h - Bagatelles II (Nova Express / Marsella)

20.00 h - Chamber Music (Asko / Schonberg / Mori / Campbell / Gosling)

21.30 h - Simulacrum (Medeski / Hollenberg / Grohowski)

23.00 h - Essential Cinema (Zorn / Mori / Dunn / Wollesen)

As well, I'm updating this page with pictures from the tour -- check it out!

John Zorn's Bagatelles Marathon at Jazz Fest Sarajevo

I'll be performing as part of John Zorn's two day Bagatelles Marathon at Jazz Fest Sarajevo, taking place November 1st and 2nd. The full list of performers follows:

John Zorn, saxophone
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Greg Cohen, bass
Joey Baron, drums

Julian Lage, guitar
Gyan Riley, guitar

John Medeski, piano
Kenny Wollesen, vibraphone
Trevor Dunn, bass
Joey Baron, drums

Mark Feldman, violin
Sylvie Courvoisier, piano

Will Greene, guitar
Simon Hanes, bass
Aaron Edgcomb, drums

(intermission up to 30 min)

Erik Friedlander, cello
Jay Campbell, cello

Uri Caine, piano
Mark Helias, bass
Clarence Penn, drums

Ikue Mori, electronics

John Medeski, organ
David Fiuczynski, guitar
Calvin Weston, drums

Craig Taborn, piano

Marc Ribot, guitar
Trevor Dunn, bass
Kenny Grohowski, drums
John Zorn, conducting

Event Details

As well, I'm updating this page with pictures from the tour -- check it out!

Support The Stone


As some of you may be aware, The Stone is in the process of moving from Avenue C to its new location at The New School. I recently played my first shows at the new space and had an amazing time. The Stone runs at a deficit as they give all of their proceeds to the artists that play there, and this move will incur more costs. Therefore, they are now asking for support so that the move can go as smoothly as possible. If you're interested in giving, the link is below, and you can check out the great perks that come along with donating as well! 

Support The Stone Here

Illuminations in Dublin


On October 29th I'll be performing a solo show featuring material from my 2013 album Illuminations at The Shaw Room in The National Gallery of Ireland. Illuminations was originally commissioned by the Jewish Museum in New York City which hosted an exhibit of ancient books from Oxford University’s Bodleian Collection. The exhibit brought together ancient illuminated texts in Arabic, Latin and Hebrew. Illuminations weaves inspirations from ancient book making with ritual dance movements and Renaissance vocal forms. 

The show starts at 3:30 PM. Tickets are €15 and can be purchased here: Tickets

As well, I'm updating this page with pictures from the tour -- check it out!

Carl Dreyer's Vampyr at St. Patrick's Cathedral

This Friday, I'm excited to be performing a new original score for Carl Dreyer's 1932 film "Vampyr". I will be joining guitarist/composer Matthew Nolan as well as David Kitt, Margie Lewis, and Catherine Sikora for our performance at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. The show starts at 9PM, tickets are €20 and can be bought here: Tickets

As well, I'm updating this page with pictures from the tour -- check it out!


Erik Friedlander Plays The Stone At The New School

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The Stone is transitioning into The Stone at The New School this year. Join me at The New School's Glass Box Theater this Friday and Saturday for two concerts full of new music!

October 20th
Oscalypso - New Music

Erik Friedlander, cello
Michael Blake, saxophone
Michael Sarin, drums
Michael Bates, bass

October 21st
"Artemisia" - A new project from Erik Friedlander

Erik Friedlander, cello
Uri Caine, piano
Ches Smith, drums
Shanir Blumenkranz, bass


"NYSFERATU: Symphony of a Century" Screening with Live Score

This Thursday I'm joining the Michael Leonhart Orchestra to provide a live, improvised score for Andrea Mastrovito's NYsferatu. Resetting Friedrich W. Murnau’s classic 1922 film Nosferatu in contemporary New York City, Mastrovito and his team of 12 artists have created over 35,000 original drawings to replicate the beautifully eerie flickering shutter effect of early cinema. The re-imagined storyline and title cards of NYsferatu were made in collaboration with recent immigrants and English-as-new-language learners. The show is free, and starts at dusk (around 7:30PM). Hope to see you there!

Event info

Oscalypso European Tour

Starting rehearsals now for our European Tour. We head out at the end of the week. Here's the schedule:

  • Jan 31 Bremen/Germany - Moments Musikclub
  • Feb 01 Gent/Belgium - Handelsbeurs Concertzaal
  • Feb 02 Köln/Germany - Stadtgarden
  • Feb 03 Dublin/Ireland - Kevin Barry Room in The National Concert Hall
  • Feb 04 Dublin/Ireland - Kevin Barry Room in The National Concert Hall
  • Feb 06 Bozen/Italy - Carambolage
  • Feb 07 Singen/Germany - GEMS Kulturzentrum
  • Feb 10 Salzburg/Austria - JAZZIT:MUSIK:CLUB SALZBURG (Jazz im Theater)
  • Feb 11 Ferrara/Italy - Torrione San Giovanni - Jazz Club Ferrara

And here's a recent interview I did discussing Oscar Pettiford and the upcoming tour.



Three Concerts This Week

I'll be performing in three exciting concerts this week, I hope that some of you will be able to make it out!

DEC 14, 9P - @Rockwood Music Hall

First up on December 14th is a special holiday show with Michael Leonhart's 20-piece group at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2. The concert will feature music from Charlie Brown's Christmas, and you can buy tickets here.


DEC 16, 815p - @ ShapeShifter Lab

Next, on December 16th I'll be performing as a member of City Fragments at Shapeshifter Lab. Led by the composer and vocalist Sara Serpa, the ensemble City Fragments features three vocalists and three instrumentalists (guitar, cello and drums). City Fragments will perform "Breath", an 8 movement composition written by Serpa, inspired by Luce Irigaray's words on breath, women and nature.

Sara Serpa, Sofia Rei, Aubrey Johnson- voices
André Matos- guitar
Erik Friedlander- Cello
Tyshawn Sorey- drums


DEC 17, 9P - @The Stone

And I'll be concluding the week by playing with ÍMÃ and Pauchi Sasaki at The Stone on the 17th. This performance is part of ÍMÃ's artist in residency at The Stone, and is the first collaboration between ÍMÃ, Pauchi Sasaki and me!


Olivia Cooke & Anya Taylor-Joy

Olivia Cooke & Anya Taylor-Joy

I recently composed the soundtrack for the feature length film "Thoroughbred", which will be premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as part of the NEXT program. The soundtrack includes music from a session I did with Satoshi Takeishi and Sylvie Courvoisier. The final score contains some choice moments of prepared piano as well as a whole lot of Satoshi's percussion. The film stars Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy and Anton Yelchin, and is Cory Finley's directorial debut. It was an excellent experience working on this exciting project, more details to follow about a soundtrack release!



Friedlander Week at The Stone - June 7-12


 There is a handful of premiers and a bunch of amazing bands. I am looking forward to every night!


I'll be starting the week off with my ace cello colleague Mike Nicolas (of Brooklyn Rider and ICE) as we perform John Zorn's newest book of compositions, his Bagatelles Project.  Mike and I have played this program a couple of times on Sunday afternoon concerts at the Stone and it has been a very gratifying experience.  Immediately following that on Tuesday night at 10 pm, I will reconvene Claws & Wings, a trio I recorded in 2012 to memorialize my late wife Lynn Shapiro, a dancer and writer who passed away from cancer in 2011.  It's a very special group that features my longtime collaborators and friends Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) and Ikue Mori (laptop electronics).  This trio does not get together often – in fact it will be our first time playing in almost 3 years – so it's a rare chance to hear this music.  Hear an interview I did with NPR's Arun Rath about the project in 2013.


My first premieres are Wednesday night – first at 8 PM the debut public performance of 50 Miniatures for Improvising Quintet, a piece I wrote and recorded in 2008. Second, at 10 PM, I'll be performing with the extraordinary pianist Craig Taborn, as we get together in a duo format for the first time. This should be very exciting.


My new trio, Black Phebe, which I originally formed with Shoko Nagai (piano and accordion) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) to record the soundtrack to a documentary called Nothing on Earth, will be celebrating the release of Ringsmy newest album.  This set which will be followed by another new lineup called Velvet White, named for the John Chamberlin sculptureof car parts, this band, featuringIkue MoriAva Mendoza, and Ches Smith will bring Thursday night to a raucous close.  The juxtaposition of Black Phebe & White Velvet is purely coincidental.  Or is it???


Friday will bring my Broken Arm Trio with Trevor Dunn (bass) and Michael Sarin (drums) for a set of original tunes inspired by the small-group sound of Herbie Nichols and Oscar Pettiford. Friday night will finish with singer Lucia Pulido, who will be flying in from Mexico to join me for a very special NY premiere of Arrullo de la Noche Honda a mix of Colombian folk songs and modern settings of Colombian poetry I composed. 


Saturday night will feature a new band called the Time Quartet. I will be joined by Uri Caine(piano), Mark Helias (bass), and Ches Smith (drums) for a performance including "6 Absinthe Glasses," a piece written in response to my experience at Picasso's sculpture show at MoMA.  Saturday night at 10 PM, I will join the Oscalypso band performing our Oscar Pettiford tribute -- a program of all Pettiford originals! Tenor saxophonist Michael Blake and my bandmates from Broken Arm, Trevor Dunn and Michael Sarin will round out the rest of this new band.


The week closes on Sunday night with a special solo performance of Illuminations, my 2015 release of pieces originally commissioned by the Jewish Museum in New York City which hosted an exhibit of ancient books from Oxford University’s Bodleian Collection. The exhibit brought together ancient illuminated texts in Arabic, Latin and Hebrew.  These pieces are my reaction to seeing those amazing texts.  The week ends with Nothing On Earth, the soundtrack referenced above which followed photographer Murray Fredericks to the glaciers of Greenland. Featuring the Black Phebe trio with Shoko and Satoshi Takeishi.


With recent setbacks and consolidations in the media, it's harder than ever to get listings in the old places we all used to rely on for our concert-going info (Time Out, The Voice, Soundcheck, even the NY Times listings, are all but gone or very drastically reduced).  Facebook just doesn't cut it.  Today, we have to rely more heavily than ever on word of mouth so I would ask that you help us spread the word among your peers. Feel free to forward this email to a friend or two if you think they might enjoy the music. A lot of this music is available to sample or purchase physically or digitally in advance on my Bandcamp page where I sell all my own music. I will also have physical copies of everything on hand at The Stone.

It's going to be a challenging week but we've got a lot of fun music to play and share with all of you!  Please come by and lend us your ears. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Stone is located at Avenue C and 2nd Street (NW corner). Sets are at 8 PM and 10 PM. You can't buy advance tickets but you can post the graphic below on your social media if you like.

Thanks for your time & support,


Pettiford - Role Model

When I look to history for a role model, it’s Pettiford. Pettiford played the cello with such swing and melody. He was one of the first to lead a band from behind the cello. And he wrote original tunes, some of which are now classics. Pettiford had a special feel for the instrument -- he even named his son Cello! And his twin daughters Celeste and Cellina. He’s always been a hero of mine.

Tomorrow Night!

Personnel:  Erik Friedlander, cello; Michael Blake, saxophone; Trevor Dunn, bass; Michael Sarin, drums

March 23, 830p
Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, NY

Twitter: @RockwoodNYC
Facebook: @Rockwood Music Hall

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