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

  • The Stone Avenue C & E 2nd Street New York, NY 10009 USA

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.