Erik Friedlander

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Erik Friedlander
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Background information
Born (1960-07-01) 1 July 1960 (age 54)
Origin New York City, New York
United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Cello, guitar
Labels Brassland Records
Associated acts John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Courtney Love, Alanis Morissette, Bar Kokhba
Website Erik Friedlander official site
Eric Friedlander, Moers Festival 2012
For the mathematician, see Eric Friedlander.

Erik Friedlander is an American cellist and composer based in New York City.[1]

A veteran of NYC's experimental downtown scene, Friedlander has worked in many contexts, but is perhaps best known for his frequent collaborations with saxophonist/composer John Zorn.

Friedlander grew up in a home filled with art and music: his father is photographer Lee Friedlander, noted for the cover photographs he took for Atlantic Records. His father's fondness for R&B and jazz helped shape Friedlander's taste in music.

Friedlander started playing guitar at age six and added cello two years later. Apart from his work with Zorn, Friedlander has worked with Laurie Anderson, Courtney Love and Alanis Morissette, and is a member of the jazz/fusion quartet Topaz.[2]

He created the original music for the historical documentary Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites (PBS)[3]


With John Zorn[edit]

As a member of Bar Kokhba

As a member of Masada String Trio

As sideman[edit]

With Cyro Baptista

With Uri Caine

With Sylvie Courvoisier

With Mark Feldman


  1. ^ Sisario, Ben (17 July 2007). "An Avant-Gardist’s View of America, as Seen From the Back Seat". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-04-30. 
  2. ^ Layne, Joslyn. "Biography: Erik Friedlander". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
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  4. ^ "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

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