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Erik Friedlander (Tzadik Records) @ Museum of Art - Wed March 4th 7pm

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Erik Friedlander (Tzadik Records) @ Museum of Art - Wed March 4th 7pm
February 19, 2009 05:58PM
Renowned avant-garde cellist Erik Friedlander, son of celebrated photographer Lee Friedlander, to perform at Cleveland Museum of Art on Wednesday March 4th.

Cellist Erik Friedlander, a mainstay of the downtown New York avant-garde improv scene, will be appearing at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Recital Hall on Wednesday March 4th at 7pm giving a performance entitled Taking Trips to America, an evening of solo cello and slideshow from Friedlander family vacations. His most recent album, on his own label Skipstone Records, called Block Ice & Propane is a series of solo cello compositions and improvisations that draw on his experiences criss-crossing America in the summer with his father Lee Friedlander. The concert will be presented in conjunction with the Museum of Art’s free exhibition of over 350 of Lee Friedlander’s photographs that will run from Sunday March 1st to Sunday May 31st.

Erik Friedlander is one of the key figures in today’s avant-garde jazz scene. Growing up, Friedlander was influenced by the R&B and jazz artists like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane that his father photographed for album covers for Atlantic Records during the '50s and '60s. Over the years he has collaborated extensively with John Zorn and is part of other Zorn related projects such as the Masada String Trio and Bar Kokhba. Friedlander has also worked with other innovative figures such as Laurie Anderson, Mike Patton (of Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Tomahawk, Lovage, Peeping Tom, Maldoror, etc.), and Ikue Mori (from the famed NYC no wave group DNA) and jazz legends like Wynton Marsalis, Wadada Leo Smith, Cyro Baptista, Ellery Eskelin, Lee Konitz, and Cleveland jazz hero Joe Lovano. Friedlander has also delved into the pop world working frequently with 4AD recording artists The Mountain Goats as well as Hole, Judy Collins, John Vanderslice, Joe Jackson, Maxwell, Dar Williams, Joss Stone, Lyfe Jennings, Kaki King, and Mocean Worker; performed on the orchestral soundtracks to a number of films including Dead Man Walking, All Over Me, and Murderball; and leads his own ensemble called Topaz. He has been quite prolific in his recording career, releasing albums on Avant, Tzadik, and Cryptogramophone Records.

"Rostropovich one second and Rottweiler the next.”
- Pitchfork

“Erik Friedlander can do things with a cello that should have a reasonable listener fearing for her life.”
- Jascha Hoffman, Pitchfork Media

"Friedlander [is] one of today's most ingenious and forward-thinking musical practitioners."
- Billboard

"Friedlander's performance clearly positions him as the first potential star performer on his instrument."
- LA Times

On the album Grains of Paradise: "Cellist Erik Friedlander’s best recording as a leader is also one of the most distinctive jazz-with-strings albums ever made."
- Ed Hazell; The Boston Phoenix
Re: Erik Friedlander (Tzadik Records) @ Museum of Art - Wed March 4th 7pm
March 03, 2009 04:02PM
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