by Erik Friedlander

Artemisia 06:28
Sparkotropic 07:56
As They Are 06:31
Blush 07:59
Drop By Drop 06:45


“After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see them as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.” — Oscar Wilde

Sparked by a viewing of Pablo Picasso’s mysterious absinthe glass sculptures at MoMA, renowned cellist Erik Friedlander and his new band Throw A Glass - Uri Caine on piano, Mark Helias on bass, and Ches Smith on drums - spent the next year and a half writing and recording Artemisia, a concept album about the murky history of absinthe and its use as a brain-bending hallucinogen. Artemisia is full of hypnotic meditations on obsession, and songs that optimistically chase euphoria and "the green fairy." “I don’t think I’ve ever felt so strongly about one of my projects,” says Friedlander.


released April 11, 2018

Produced by Erik Friedlander

Engineered and Mixed by Scott Solter

Recorded May 25-26, 2017 at Bunker Studios, NYC

Mixed August 2017 at Orient Street in Durham, NC

Mastered by Steve Berson at Total Sonic Media

Original Artwork by Akino Kondoh

Design by Rob Jones

Project Supervised by Dexter Dine

All Music Composed by Erik Friedlander (ASCAP)

Performed by Throw A Glass: Erik Friedlander, cello; Uri Caine, pno; Mark Helias, bs; Ches Smith, dr

©2018 Arconomx Music LLC


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Erik Friedlander New York, New York

Cellist Erik Friedlander is a prolific solo artist, bandleader and film composer. Having been a sought after studio musician and improviser in New York’s downtown music scene for years, Friedlander has recently become well known for his work scoring film and television. He most recently scored an episode of Matthew Weiner’s (Mad Men) new show The Romanoffs in the fall of 2018. ... more

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