Dec
16
8:00 pm20:00

Sara Serpa & City Fragments at Shapeshifter Lab

  • Shapeshifter Lab

I'll be playing cello as a member of City Fragments on December 16th 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.

City Fragments:

Sara Serpa, Sofia Rei and Aubrey Johnson, voices; André Matos, guitar; Erik Friedlander, cello; Tyshawn Sorey, drums

Jan
25
Feb 12

Oscalypso European Tour!

OSCALYPSO BAND:

Erik Friedlander, cello; Michael Blake, saxopohone; Trevor Dunn, bass; Michael Sarin, drums.

  • Jan 31 Bremen/Germany
  • Feb 02 Gent/Belgium - Handelsbeurs Concertzaal
  • 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

For booking contact Saudades Tourneen in Austria.


Nov
17
8:00 pm20:00

Erik Friedlander's Black Phebe at Roulette in NYC

  • Roulette

Interpretations: Erik Friedlander's Black Phebe // Juho Laitinen

I am looking forward to sitting down and making some music with the great musicians of Black Phebe, Satoshi Takeishi and Shoko Nagai! We will be playing music from our new CD, "Rings" as well as premiering some new works.  AllAboutJazz said of Rings: “Together they travel musically around the world in different times and places. From dusty streets and whirling dances to delicate and ethereal tone poems...the whole album is indeed both beautiful and organic."

Joining me on this Interpretations concert will be cellist Juho Laitinen..so it should be a great night.

Black Phebe: RINGS - The CD | Info on Band | Gig

Nov
6
7:00 pm19:00

John Zorn Bagatelle Marathon in Milan

  • Milan Italy

MASADA
john zorn sax
dave douglas trumpet
greg cohenbass
joey barondrums


BRIAN MARSELLA TRIO
brian marsellapiano
trevor dunn bass
kenny wollesen drums


GYAN RILEY AND JULIAN LAGE
gyan riley guitar
julian lage guitar


NOVA QUARTET
john medeski piano
kenny wollesen vibes
trevor dunn bass
joey barondrums


SYLVIE COURVOISIER AND MARK FELDMAN
mark feldman violin
sylvie courvoisier piano


TRIGGER
will greene guitar
simon hanes bass
aaron edgcomb drums



intermission




URI CAINE TRIO
uri caine piano
mark helias bass
clarence penndrums


IKUE MORI
ikue mori electronics


ERIK FRIEDLANDER-JAY CAMPBELL DUO
erik friedlander cello
jay campbell cello


JOHN MEDESKI
john medeski organ
dave fiuczynski guitar
calvin weston drums


CRAIG TABORN
craig taborn piano


ASMODEUS
marc ribot guitar
trevor dunn bass
tyshawn soreydrums

Nov
4
7:00 pm19:00

John Zorn Bagatelles Marathon - Sarajevo

  • Bosanski kulturni centar

JOHN ZORN'S BAGATELLES MARATHON SARAJEVO

From March to May 2015 John Zorn wrote 300 new tunes collected in a book of music called The Bagatelles.

"John Zorn’s Bagatelles showcases the atonal yet surprisingly inviting compositions he wrote for his more improvisationally minded colleagues. Again, Mr. Zorn went big." (The Wall Street Journal)

Bosanski kulturni centar, 
19.00 (part one)

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

BRIAN MARSELLA TRIO
Brian Marsela, piano
Trevor Dunn, bass
Kenny Wollesen, drums

GYAN RILEY AND JULIAN LAGE
Gyan Riley, guitar
Julian Lage, guitar

NOVA QUARTET
John Medeski, piano
Kenny Wollesen, vibes
Trevor Dunn, bass
Joey Baron, drums

SYLVIE COURVOISIER AND MARK FELDMAN
Mark Feldman, violin
Sylvie Courvoisier, piano

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

(intermission)

21.30 (part two)

CRAIG TABORN
Craig Taborn, piano

JOHN MEDESKI TRIO
John Medeski, organ
Dave Fiuczynski, guitar
Calvin Weston, drums

ERIK FRIEDLANDER-JAY CAMPBELL
Erik Friedlander, cello
Jay Campbell, cello

URI CAINE TRIO
Uri Caine, piano
Mark Helias, bass
Clarence Penn, drums

IKUE MORI
Ikue Mori, electronics

ASMODEUS
Marc Ribot, guitar
Trevor Dunn, bass
Tyshawn Sorey, drums
John Zorn, conducting


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Oct
22
2:00 pm14:00

The John Zorn's Ultimate Bagatelles Marathon

  • National Sawdust

From March to May 2015 John Zorn wrote 300 new compositions collected in a book of music called The Bagatelles. This super special marathon concert presents 20 different ensembles performing over 100 different pieces from Zorn’s expansive new book of music in an unprecedented 10 hour concert experience. The groups include many members of Zorn’s inner circle as well as exciting young players from the worlds of rock, jazz and classical music, many of whom are performing Zorn compositions for the first time. 10 hours of non stop creativity by some of the greatest and most creative musicians working today!

Featuring Craig Taborn, John Medeski, Kenny Wollesen, Matt Mitchell, Ikue Mori, Jim Black, Sylvie Courvoisier, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Jamie Saft, Julian Lage, Gyan Riley, Brian Marsella, Marty Ehrlich, Jon Irabagon, Harris Eisenstadt, Matt Hollenberg and many many more!

 

2pm
BAGATELLES QUARTET
john zorn sax
dave douglas trumpet
kim cass bass
kenny wollesen drums

230
SYLVIE COURVOISIER AND MARK FELDMAN
mark feldman violin
sylvie courvoisier piano

3pm
TRIGGER
will greene guitar
simon hanes bass
aaron edgcomb drums

330
MATT MITCHELL TRIO
matt mitchell piano
kim cass bass
kate gentile drums

4pm
ERIK FRIEDLANDER-MICHAEL NICOLAS
erik friedlander cello
michael nicolas cello

430
JAMIE SAFT TRIO with CHRIS SPEED
chris speed tenor sax
jamie saft piano
brad jones bass
jim black drums

5pm
JULIAN LAGE-GYAN RILEY
julian lage guitar
gyan riley guitar

530
MARTY EHRLICH QUARTET
marty ehrlich reeds
jon irabagon reeds
michael formanek bass
kenny wollesen drums

6pm
BRIAN MARSELLA SOLO
brian marsella piano

630
JIM BLACK GUITAR QUARTET
keisuke matsuno guitar
jonathan goldberger guitar
simon jermyn bass
jim black drums

7pm
MEDESKI – WOLLESEN DUO
john medeski piano
kenny wollesen vibes

730
KRIS DAVIS
kris davis piano
mary halvorson guitar
drew gress bass
kenny wollesen drums

8pm
IKUE MORI
ikue mori electronics

830
MARY HALVORSON QUARTET
mary halvorson guitar
liberty ellman guitar
drew gress bass
tomas fujiwara drums

9pm
CHRIS OTTO-MARK FELDMAN
mark feldman violin
chris otto violin

930
HARRIS EISENSTADT TRIO
chris dingman vibes
eivind opsvik bass
harris eisenstadt drums

10pm
IRABAGON – MITCHELL DUO
jon irabagon sax
matt mitchell piano

1030
JOHN MEDESKI TRIO
john medeski organ
david fiucynski guitar
calvin weston drums

11pm
CRAIG TABORN
craig taborn piano

1130
MATT HOLLENBERG-NICK MILLEVOI QUARTET
matt hollenberg guitar
nick millevoi guitar
shanir blumenkranz bass
kenny grohowski drums

Sep
28
9:00 pm21:00

Michael Leonhart Orchestra

  • Rockwood Music Hall

Trumpet player, composer, and arranger Michael Leonhart leads a 20-piece group at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2. It should be a party, come and hear!

Sep
18
7:00 pm19:00

Ned Rothenberg's 60th Birthday Celebration at Roulette

  • Roulette

Ned Rothenberg’s 60th Birthday Party: A Benefit For Roulette

Sunday, September 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

“What could be a better way to celebrate 60 years on this earth than playing with some of my favorite musicians? And what better purpose than to support the wonderful activities of Roulette? It’s an honor to have some of my oldest partners in crime, musical heros, most amazing improvisers on the planet and dearest friends (all these categories cross over each other) to join me for the festivities.”
 Ned Rothenberg

Featuring:
John Zorn
Muhal Richard Abrams
George Lewis
Sylvie Courvoisier
Ikue Mori
Mark Feldman
Jim Staley
Gamin
Mivos Quartet
Ned Rothenberg
Erik Friedlander
Marty Ehrlich
+Special Guests

Sep
14
9:00 pm21:00

Michael Leonhart Orchestra

  • Rockwood Music Hall

Trumpet player, composer and arranger leads a 20-piece group at Rockwood Music Hall, stage 2. Come and hear the fun..more info to come.

Sep
10
7:30 pm19:30

Outlier Series with Mick Rossi

  • Spectrum

September 10th - 730P

THE OUTLIER SERIES - SPECTRUM

Pianist Mick Rossi has been curating an interesting series at Spectrum on the Lower East Side called The Outlier Series.  I'll be joining him with Michael Bates and Mark Ferber September 10, Saturday night at 730p. 

About Rossi's music: "Energetic and Bartokian…Shostakovichian paranoia." - NY Times "Multi-faceted, humorous, life relishing, [and] unpretentiously profound." - All About Jazz "Blistering, crashing and pensive." - Jazz Times "Rife with imagery." - Down Beat http://www.spectrumnyc.com/

SPECTRUM
121 Lulow (between Delancey & Rivington)
Floor 2, ring bell for "2"

 

Aug
13
7:00 pm19:00

Zorn's Bagatelles at The Village Vanguard!

  • The Village Vanguard

I will be participating in the amazing Zorn Bagatelles week at the Village Vanguard. Please come by and support all the musicians and the Vanguard! MIke Nicolas and I will be performing to lead off the evening on Saturday August 13th.  The Village Vanguard is located at 178 7th Ave South • New York, NY 10014 • Tel: (212) 255-4037.  We will be going on at 7p sharp.  Come by and check out the show!

MORE INFO

John Zorn is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, klezmer, soundtrack, ambient and improvised music. Born was described by Down Beat as "one of our most important composers."

John Zorn is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, klezmer, soundtrack, ambient and improvised music. Born was described by Down Beat as "one of our most important composers."

 

 

Jul
29
6:00 pm18:00

Lucia Pulido & Erik Friedlander at The Glatt & Verkehrt Festival in Austria

  • NÖ Festival und Kino GmbH

We go to Krems, Austria for a beautiful festival there..here's what they say about the gig: "A big voice for a small band: for our anniversary festival Lucia returns with an updated program. Medellin meets downtown New York with a recital of folk songs and new music set to Colombian poetry.   Friedlander’s cello is the ideal accompaniment for Lucia’s vocals."

Jul
27
9:30 pm21:30

Lucia Pulido & Erik Friedlander

  • Folk Holidays Festival

COLOMBIANA

New Music by Erik Friedlander with Colombian Poetry & Traditional Folk Songs

We're heading to the Czech Republic to perform.  I am looking forward to playing this music again with Lucia. If you're in the area come by and hear us!  MORE INFO

Jul
21
7:30 pm19:30

Erik Friedlander's Oscalypso; In Concert

  • Shea Center for the Performing Arts
photo by Rachel Stern

photo by Rachel Stern

with Michael Sarin, drums; Trevor Dunn, bass; Erik Friedlander, cello; and Michael Blake, saxophones.

More Info/Tickets:

Erik Friedlander began playing the cello at age 8 when the public elementary school he attended offered violin or cello to third graders who passed a music test.  The great Oscar Pettiford began playing cello as an adult in his 30s when an injury prevented him from playing his bass. Friedlander will pay homage to his improvising, cello-playing forefather with a set of Pettiford tunes and an amazing group of musicians.

When you are an improvising cellist there is not so much history to look back upon and contemplate. Unlike saxophone players or guitar players, who have a long list of titans to measure themselves against, jazz cello players have relatively sparse list of players. Besides Fred Katz, Abdul Wadud and more recent players like Hank Roberts and Ernst Reijseger, cellists are more or less on their own. However, there is Oscar Pettiford.

“Pettiford played the cello with such swing and melody,” says Friedlander, “He’s always been a hero of mine and I thought I was ready to tackle some of his beautiful compositions.”

It is said that Pettiford came to the cello because of an injury sustained while playing softball with his bandmates from the Woody Herman Band. Out of action for a while, a friend lent him a cello because Pettiford had time on his hands, and the smaller cello seemed like it might be easier to get around while healing from the injury. Pettiford tuned the cello like a bass so he was instantly familiar with where the notes lay, and he quickly became fascinated the instrument, first using it on the bandstand in the Woody Herman band as a kind of joke (a baby bass).

But then Pettiford went beyond the jokes using it often in crucial sessions under his own name--if it was an Oscar Pettiford recording, the cello was often there in a central role. Friedlander says, “So, it’s true that Pettiford wasn’t a schooled cello player but I would contend that it is with Pettiford that we cellists have the first truly great jazz player and composer to lead a band from behind the cello.”

Pettiford was passionate about the instrument. The cello seemed to touch something inside of him. He named one of his twin daughters Cellina (the other Celesta.)  The recorded output under his name, created mostly in the last ten years of his life (the 50s) , includes track after track of cello features.  And finally, after his death in September of 1960 Debut Records released “My Little Cello” with a cover photo of Pettiford with his infant son named appropriately..Cello!  

Jun
12
8:00 pm20:00

Week at The Stone June 12th: Illuminations and Nothing On Earth

  • The Stone

8pm - Illuminations

Erik Friedlander, cello

$15

ILLUMINATIONS, cellist Erik Friedlander’s latest solo release was inspired by an exhibition of ancient books hosted by the Jewish Museum in New York City who commissioned the piece. The exhibit brought together ancient illuminated texts in Arabic, Latin and Hebrew. “I found myself in this darkened room surrounded by these gorgeous books and manuscripts that seemed to be talking to me. They were telling me a story of patience and craft, ritual and dedication that was inspiring.” ILLUMINATIONS weaves together inspirations from ancient book making practices with ritual dance movements and Renaissance vocal forms, creating a mosaic atmosphere where the listener may sometimes feel they are hearing a lute or a Gamba. Says Friedlander, “I’m always trying to tell a story with my playing and in ILLUMINATIONS it’s all about a world that’s lit by candles and has the smell of leather and parchment.”

 

10pm - Nothing On Earth

Shoko Nagai, piano, accordion

Satoshi Takeishi, percussion

Erik Friedlander, cello

$15

Music for the soundtrack Friedlander composed for Nothing on Earth, a film by Mick Angus which follows photographer Murray Fredericks to the stark and beautiful landscape of the glaciers in Greenland. Friedlander, Nagai and Takeishi capture the mood as Fredericks relocates his work to the Greenland Icecap ­ atop a melting glacier and under the solar storms of the Aurora Borealis ­ he finds himself alone in a landscape he's never been, in a place he doesn't understand, hoping this time he hasn't taken his quest too far.

Jun
11
8:00 pm20:00

Week at The stone June 11th: Time Quartet and Oscalypso

  • The Stone

8pm - Time Quartet

Erik Friedlander, cello

Uri Caine, piano

Mark Helias, bass

Ches Smith, drums

$20

Join us for the exciting premier of this great new band. All new music!

 

10pm - Oscalypso

Special Guest Michael Blake, Tenor saxophone

Erik Friedlander, cello

Michael Sarin, drums

Trevor Dunn, bass

$15

A special tribute to jazz bassist (and cellist!) Oscar Pettiford. When you are an improvising cellist, there is not so much history to look back upon and contemplate. Unlike saxophone players or guitar players who have a long line of titans to measure themselves against, jazz cello players are more or less on their own. However, there is Oscar Pettiford. Pettiford tuned the cello like a bass so that he could be instantly familiar with where the notes lay. Deeply inspired and passionate about the cello, he often used the instrument on crucial sessions under his own name­­if it was an Oscar Pettiford recording the cello was often there in a central role. Joining the Broken Arm Trio is special guest Michael Blake on tenor, performing Pettiford works like Tamalpais and Night at Falcon’s Lair, as well as Friedlander originals.

Jun
10
8:00 pm20:00

Week at The Stone June 10th: Broken Arm Trio and Arrullo de la Noche Honda

  • The Stone

8pm - Broken Arm Trio

Michael Sarin, drums

Trevor Dunn, bass

Erik Friedlander, cello

$15

In 1949 bassist Oscar Pettiford broke his arm playing baseball. He could still move his fingers even though his arm was in a sling, so he began experimenting with a cello a friend had lent to him. He tuned the cello like a bass only an octave higher and later made history recording a series of cello­ led projects including the great, under­recognized 1964 Fantasy release, "My Little Cello" featuring a photo of his newborn son whom he named “Cello.” Erik Friedlander tosses away his bow for this new band, playing only pizzicato in a world steeped in the influences of Oscar Pettiford and the small group feel of Herbie Nichols.

 

10pm - Arrullo de la Noche Honda

Lucia Pulido, vox

Erik Friedlander, cello

$15

Poems and Folk songs from Colombia Lucía Puldio (vox) and Erik Friedlander (cello) have come together to collaborate through a celebration of the rich cultural and artistic tradition of Columbia, its music, and its poets. Arrullo combines Colombian folk songs from both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts with Friedlander's settings of modern Colombian poetry.

Jun
9
8:00 pm20:00

Week at The Stone June 9th: Black Phebe and Velvet White

  • The Stone

8pm -  Black Phebe “Rings” CD RELEASE (premier)

Shoko Nagai, piano, accordion

Satoshi Takeishi, percussion

Erik Friedlander, cello

$15

Black Phebe is really two trios. Shoko Nagai’s charismatic performance on accordion and then piano changes the feel of the group.With accordion, the trio becomes a virtuosic world­music juggernaut; exploring the spaces between mixed meter works and sweet folk songs. With piano, the group transforms altogether, taking the form of a Jazz piano trio and Classical chamber group. Come and hear the band celebrate the release of their new cd, “Rings

 

10pm - Velvet White (premier)

Ikue Mori, electronics

Ava Mendoza, guitar

Ches Smith, drums

Erik Friedlander, cello

$15

First time performance for this quartet. “Velvet White” is named after a piece of sculpture by John Chamberlain who used parts of the automobile (fenders, bumpers, or the chassis) to make his work. “Stopping is the key; you have to know when to stop. If I feel so glad that a sculpture is here, and I don’t care who did it, then I figure it’s a good piece.”

 

 

Jun
8
8:00 pm20:00

Week at The Stone June 8th: 50 Miniatures for Improvising Quartet and Vanishing Point

  • The Stone

8pm - 50 Miniatures for Improvising Quartet

Jennifer choi, violin

Sylvie Courvoisier, piano

Trevor Dunn, bass

Michael Sarin, percussion

Erik Friedlander, cello

$15

Fifty is a series of miniatures ­ some as brief as 7 seconds ­ that are snapshots of stylistic variety. The piece was composed for a commission from the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco in 2008 for the museum opening. Fifty has never been performed live, this will be the performance premier.

 

10pm - Vanishing Point (Premier)

Craig Taborn, piano

Erik Friedlander, cello

$20

The first time these two great improvisors have performed together. Come and hear the fireworks.

 

 

Jun
7
8:00 pm20:00

Week at The Stone June 7th: John Zorn's Bagatelles and Claws & Wings

  • The Stone

8pm - John Zorn’s Bagatelles

Mike Nicolas, cello

Erik Friedlander, cello

$15

This is one of the most fun new projects I'm a part of!  Come and hear to cellists raise the roof at The Stone.
 

From March to May 2015 John Zorn wrote 300 new tunes collected in a book of music called The Bagatelles. Like the Masada book (only more atonal) the compositions are meant to be interpreted by a wide range of musicians. Tonight two great cellists take up the challenge.

 

10pm - Claws & Wings

Sylvie Courvoisier, Piano

Ikue Mori, Electronics

Erik Friedlander, cello

$15

Claws & Wings is written in memory of Erik’s late wife. He, along with his daughter, were left to ponder how to make sense of the loss, and how to move on. The music strongly resonates with Erik’s mind­set at the time: meditating on a life lost, regaining his balance, and then moving forward with optimism. Claws & Wings is dedicated to this ongoing process

Jun
7
Jun 12

Erik Friedlander: Week at The Stone

  • The Stone

I AM VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE MY WEEK AT THE STONE COMING UP JUNE 7-12.

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

TUESDAY JUNE 7

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.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 8 - 50 MINIATURES + DUO with CRAIG TABORN

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.

THURSDAY JUNE 9 - BLACK PHEBE & VELVET WHITE

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, featuring Ikue 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 JUNE 10 - BROKEN ARM TRIO & ARRULLO DE LA NOCHE HONDA

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 JUNE 11 - TIME QUARTET & OSCALYPSO

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.

SUNDAY JUNE 12 - ILLUMINATIONS (SOLO CELLO) & NOTHING ON EARTH

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.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SPREAD THE WORD!

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,
Erik

 

May
21
10:00 pm22:00

Ikue Mori @ The Stone

  • The Stone

Phantom Orchard with special guests

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Ikue Mori (electronics) Zeena Parkins (harp, keyboards, etc.) Erik Friedlander (cello) Cyro Baptista (percussion)

May
18
7:00 pm19:00

Zorn at YIVO Museum

  • YIVO Museum

JOHN ZORN’S SCORE FOR FILMWORKS XX: SHOLEM ALEICHEM

This is one of John's best soundtracks. All rehearsed and recorded in one day and never performed before. Come and hear this special event!

John Zorn and his ensemble will be featured in the first-ever live performance of music Zorn wrote to accompany the Filmworks Sholem Aleichem documentary. Drawing on and departing from traditions of Jewish music such as Klezmer, Zorn’s score is filled with lyricism, color, and a keen sense of irony and dark humor, echoing the stylistic approach of Sholem Aleichem. The performance will feature John Zorn, accordionist Robert Burger, harpist Carol Emanuel, and the world acclaimed Masada String TrioMark FeldmanGreg Cohen, and Erik Friedlander.

May
16
6:00 pm18:00

Pop-up Concert W/ Michael Nicolas

  • Miller Theatre

Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre on select evenings.

Cellist Michael Nicolas enlists some of his longtime collaborators, including composer Annie Gosfield, to bring this repertoire to Miller audiences. This Pop-Up explores the cello in relation to electronics and computer music, pairing one of the most traditionally classical instruments with its singularly contemporary counterpoint. In flexura, composer Jaime Oliver accompanies Nicolas on MANO controller, an electronic instrument of his own design that uses video to track hand movement to create sound. Downtown Cellist/improviser Erik Friedlander joins Mike in presenting John Zorn's Bagatelles.

All Pop-Up Concerts start at 6 p.m. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Performers

Michael Nicolas cello

Annie Gosfield keyboard

Jaime E. Oliver MANO controller

Erik Friedlander cello

Repertoire

Mario Davidovsky Synchronisms No. 3 (1964) 

Annie Gosfield Four Roses ...and a Five-Spot (1997/2015)

David Fulmer Speak of the Spring (2015) 

Jaime E. Oliver flexura (2015) 

John Zorn Bagatelles (2015) 

May
8
8:00 pm20:00

John Zorn's Bagatelles with Erik Friedlander & Mike Nicolas - $20

  • The Stone
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This is one of the most fun new projects I'm a part of. Come and hear Mike and I tear it up at The Stone!

From March to May 2015 John Zorn wrote 300 new tunes collected in a book of music called The Bagatelles. Like the Masada book (only more atonal) the compositions are meant to be interpreted by a wide range of musicians. Tonight two great cellists take up the challenge.

 

Apr
23
7:30 pm19:30

Sara Serpa at The Cell

  • The Cell Theater

I'm looking forward to this concert with vocalist Sara Serpa at The Cell Theater.  Another great group so come and hear this concert!

 THE CELL THEATER (NEW YORK) – W/ CITY FRAGMENTS FEAT. ANDRÉ MATOS, ERIK FRIEDLANDER, TYSHAWN SOREY, KYOKO KITAMURA & AUBREY JOHNSON

http://www.thecelltheatre.org/

Apr
21
8:00 pm20:00

NED ROTHENBERG'S "INNER DIASPORA" @ The Stone

  • The Stone

NED ROTHENBERG'S "INNER DIASPORA" @The Stone

The Stone
Avenue C and 2nd Street

with Mark Feldman, violin
Erik Friedlander, cello
Jerome Harris, acoustic bass guitar and acoustic guitar
Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
Ned Rothenberg, clarinet, alto sax, shakuhachi

Apr
2
8:00 pm20:00

ROBERT SADIN’S “NIGHT SONGS”

  • Charles H. Morris Center

I'll be joining Robert Sadin and an amazing group of musicians to perform "Night Songs"  See the description below for more info.  The concerts are in Savannah, GA, so if you're in the neighborhood, come on by!

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Robert Sadin

Robert Sadin

Robert Sadin thrilled audiences in his two previous projects at SMF, both of which received standing ovations. His 2011 collaboration with Lionel Loueke was a stirring program built around the many talents of the Benin-born guitarist-singer-composer. In the 2013 concerts showcasing clarinet virtuoso Patrick Messina, Sadin threaded Sicilian and Moroccan folk music traditions with brilliant arrangements for his seven piece ensemble. His 2016 creation promises to be another original suite of works showcasing a collection of musicians from around the globe including trumpeter Etienne Charles (Trinidad), percussion wizard Rhani Krija (Morocco), violinist Mark Feldman and cellist Erik Friedlander (NYC), bassist Ira Coleman (Sweden) and clarinetist Patrick Messina (France).

Jan
7
7:00 pm19:00

Friedlander's Black Phebe at Cafe Barbès

  • Cafe Barbes

Cafe Barbès Presents

Erik Friedlander's Black Phebe

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Satoshi Takeishi -  Erik Friedlander - Shoko Nagai
Jan 7 - 7p

 

  • Shoko Nagai, accordion/piano/electronics
  • Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
  • Erik Friedlander, cello


Cellist Erik Friedlander is a composer, an improviser, and a veteran of NYC's Downtown scene. The Friday night (7p) performance will feature his trio Black Phebe presenting the New York premier of new works.  Friedlander's recent projects includes Oscalypso, a grooving tribute to bassist and sometimes cellist Oscar Pettiford and  Illuminations, a magical solo cd that weaves inspirations from ancient book making with ritual dance movements and Renaissance vocal forms.  Whether Shoko Nagai is performing Klezmer, Balkan or experimental music, she is a charismatic presence onstage, who hypnotizes audiences with her intense focus and virtuoso sound. Satoshi Takeishi is an extraordinary drummer, percussionist, and arranger. Come and hear this sultry new trio.

 

 

Improv Night Benefit at The Stone
Dec
30
8:00 pm20:00

Improv Night Benefit at The Stone

  • The Stone

IMPROV NIGHT  BENEFIT @ The Stone

Come and support the amazing music at the Stone.  All $ goes directly to pay the rent. Performances by: John Zorn (sax) Mark Helias (bass) Ikue Mori (electronics) Uri Caine (piano) Anthony Coleman (piano) Severine Ballon (cello) Erik Friedlander (cello) Frank London (trumpet)

Dec
11
8:30 pm20:30

Ned Rothenberg's Inner Diaspora in New Haven

  • Firehouse 12

NED ROTHENBERG'S "INNER DIASPORA"
IN NEW HAVEN

Friday, Dec. 11th at 8:30 ($20) and 10 ($15) pm
Firehouse 12, 45 Crown st., New Haven, CT 06510, 203-785-4648 

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with Mark Feldman, violin
Erik Friedlander, cello
Jerome Harris, acoustic bass guitar and acoustic guitar
Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
Ned Rothenberg, clarinet, alto sax, shakuhachi