Cellist Erik Friedlander is a composer, an improviser, and a veteran of NYC's downtown scene. His 15 CDs as a leader recently include, Bonebridge, a Southern rock inflected jazz quartet; Block Ice & Propane, his solo cello reinterpretation of American roots music; and The Broken Arm Trio, a trio tribute to jazz bassist Oscar Pettiford. His compositions and his improvising style attempt to blend the traditions of classical and popular music styles with an always evolving vision of what a cellist can be pushed to accomplish.
Friedlander started studying music at an early age, beginning at age 5 with folk guitar and then, at age 8, cello lessons. He grew up in a house filled with music as his father, an avid music lover, made countless mix tapes. Erik's desire to actively participate in the swirl of music styles he grew accustom to hearing led him to find new ways to play the cello. His compositions and his improvising style are driven by an understanding of classical and popular styles and an evolving vision of what a cellist can be pushed to accomplish.