Claws & Wings

by Erik Friedlander

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What do you do when someone special in your life dies? The shock can be numbing and disorienting. Within days of the death of his wife in November of 2011, cellist and composer Erik Friedlander fell off his bicycle on a wet morning in New York City, tearing completely the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) of his thumb, and effectively putting himself out of commission for 3 months. With concerts canceled and no practicing to be done Friedlander had a lot of time to think about difficult months he and his daughter had just gone through. Lynn, Erik’s wife of 22 years, an award-winning choreographer and writer, who collaborated frequently with her husband, had suffered from breast cancer and her slow descent had been tough on everyone.

After months of rehab and soul searching Friedlander began playing again. “For me it was time to back into the flow of life. Grieving wasn’t over -- it doesn’t really work like that -- but life is a hard-ass, it doesn’t stop,” Friedlander says. “It was like climbing onto to a moving freight train and I was out of practice. The thing is, music had been there for me through a lot of tough times, and it was still there for me. I just needed give it some attention.”

August, 2012 and Friedlander began composing again. He called to long-time collaborators Sylvie Courvoisier and Ikue Mori as well as producer/engineer Scott Solter and convened a 2-day session on the Lower East Side to record the new project. The music strongly resonates with Erik’s mind-set at the time: meditating on a life lost, regaining his balance, and then moving forward with optimism.


released October 1, 2013

Produced by Erik Friedlander
Erik Friedlander, cello
Sylvie Courvoisier, piano, spinet
Ikue Mori, laptop
Scott Solter, engineer, mixing; Jeff Cook, asst. engineer, editing
Recorded at 2nd Story Sound, New York City
Mastered by Steven Berson, Total Sonic Media
Original Artwork by Rohner Segnitz
Design by Vanessa No Heart
Thanks to Dick Connette



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Erik Friedlander New York, New York

Cellist Erik Friedlander is a composer, an improviser, and a veteran of NYC's Downtown scene. Friedlander started studying music at at age 5 with guitar and then at age 8, cello lessons. Hiss father, a photographer and an avid music lover, made countless mixtapes. 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 ... more

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