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Photo by: Roland Rossbacher

Photo by: Roland Rossbacher

Block Ice & Propane (2005)
KORE, concerto for cello and 21 instruments (world premier)

Erik Friedlander, cello
David Fulmer, conductor

Musicians of National Forum Music

Taking Trips to America
Music by Erik Friedlander
Images by Lee & Maria Friedlander
Films by Bill Morrison

Cellist Erik Friedlander draws on his experiences as a child traveling across the United States with his family during the 1960's and 70's to create Block Ice & Propane, an engaging solo performance that brings together Erik's rich, Americana-inspired cello music, his own stories from now-distant road trips, images taken by his father, the photographer Lee Friedlander, and haunting road films contributed by filmmaker Bill Morrison (Decasia).


Concerto for Improvising Cellist and 21 Instruments
Music by Erik Friedlander (commission from Jazztopad Festival 2014)
Erik Friedlander, cello
David Fulmer leading the
 Musicians of National Forum Music

KORE is inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone, or Kore, who was kidnapped by Hades and eventually forced to spend half the year with him in the underworld. Although this myth is used to describe how the seasons came to be, Friedlander chose to see another side:  His KORE tells of the wresting away of a loved one by death and the all too human hope and dream that the intensity of one’s mourning will bring that loved one back to life. Loss is complicated and sometimes the loved one does indeed come back, visiting us through memory and dream.  These moments are celebrated by KORE.