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Photo by Carlos Mario Lema

Photo by Carlos Mario Lema


Poems and Folk songs from Colombia

Lucía Puldio (vox) and Erik Friedlander (cello) have come together to collaborate on a celebration of Colombia, it's music and it's poets. Arrullo combines Colombian folk songs from both the Carribean and Pacific coasts with Friedlander's settings of modern Colombian poetry.  2015 will see the release of a limited edition vinyl, with a foreword by Spanish writer Ramón Andrés, and illustrations by Colombian artist José Antonio Suárez Londoño. The two will be touring March of 2016 in Europe.



Concerto for Cello and 21 Instruments.

Cello solo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, piano/celesta, harp, 3 percussionists, 8 violins, bass

Erik Friedlander's new concerto for himself and 21 instrumentalists 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 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.


Black Phebe  (NEW)

Shoko Nagai, piano, accordion; Satoshi Takeishi, percussion; Erik Friedlander, cello

BLACK PHEBE is Friedlander's sultry new trio. Their newest cd, NOTHING ON EARTH, is part soundtrack recording -- part debut cd. The recording
is atmospheric, with masterfully plucked cello passages, lyrical accordion and rousing, 
percussion. .

"Delicious, full of atmosphere..soulful." (Radio Nacional de España)
Photo by Katie Kline

Photo by Katie Kline


Erik Friedlander, cello; Doug Wamble, guitar; Michael Sarin, drums; Trevor Dunn, bass.

A jazz quartet inspired by the music of the American South.  

“Mr. Friedlander, an ingenious cellist who makes an art of soulful rusticity,“ says Nate Chinen of the NYTimes.

"Nighthawks has an evocative heartland vibe." (Down Beat Magazine - Bill Milkowski)



Photo by William Struhs


Erik Friedlander, cello; Photos 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 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).

"Friedlander delivers what may be the definitive statement thus far in terms of what the cello can do." - Kevin Kampwirth,, August 15, 2007


Photo by Ava Friedlander

Photo by Ava Friedlander


Erik Friedlander, cello solo

ILLUMINATIONS, cellist Erik Friedlander’s latest solo release 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.

“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 inspirations from ancient book making with ritual dance movements and Renaissance vocal forms.  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.”




Erik Friedlander, cello; Trevor Dunn, bass; Michael Sarin, drums

Original tunes inspired by the great bassist -- and sometimes cellist -- Oscar Pettiford. A burning trio steeped with the small group feel of Herbie Nichols.

In 1949,  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 recorded a series of cello-led projects. “For me Pettiford is a hero: he had a deep connection to the cello--he believed in it as a jazz instrument,” says Friedlander.

"This is effervescent small-group jazz executed with wit and soul." --Nate Chinen, New York Times, October 19

"But Broken Arm Trio, a band and album that's at least as beholden to Alan Lomax as to Charlie Parker, is stunning-both in what it does and how well they do it. This quirky fusion deserves major attention." -- Michael J West, Village Voice