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Cellist and composer Erik Friedlander's new album is titled Claws & Wings.
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October 6, 2013 Music was Erik Friedlander's refuge when his wife fell ill. Then, in one week, he lost both. The cellist and composer speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about making the new album Claws & Wings after months out of commission.
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September 27, 2011 The improvising cellist has explored jazz with his New York-based trio for years. For his latest project, he adds a slide guitar, all the better to take in the down-home flavors of the American South. The quartet performs live.
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Erik Friedlander's new album, Bonebridge, comes out June 14.
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June 5, 2011 The history of jazz cello is full of strings attached. But when Friedlander's instrument meets slide guitar and a rhythm section, the result is a kind of timbral majesty. Bonebridge is unquestionably jazz, but also Americana, chamber music and a whole lot more.
August 4, 2007 Erik Friedlander's Block Ice & Propane contains ballads and hymns to a life most Americans could make common cause with, along with people who relate to what is most nomadic in America.
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