I started “Island Man” by experimenting with alto flute samples - the two flutes playing together is a beautiful sound, and led me to an easy, lilting melody, which is the key to the whole track. It unlocked a form for the piece and I was on my way. I wanted to see what i could do with a couple of chords, because I’m always amazed by what pop artists can do with so few. It’s kind of a fictional character, the island man. Maybe the island man even lives in Manhattan!
The recording process took place over about two months - slowly adding sections and new accompanying parts, and finally making the biggest change of all, which was adding the modulation towards the end. Then i started replacing my computer samples with live musicians. I first got C.J. Camerieri to record trumpet and french horn, building up a brass section that totally takes over the end of the track. Timothy Newman came in and put bass trombone on, and then I got Satoshi Takeishi to come in. He recorded four tracks of percussion that really bring the piece to life. Next i added Stomu Takeishi, who energized the piece with his electric bass - his playing is always so personal and surprising. Shoko Nagai brought some life to the fender rhodes part, and finally I added David Weiss on flute. He crushed it, replacing the flute samples and contributing a few solo tracks to choose from.
from 2018 Tracks of the Month,
track released September 7, 2018
Shoko Nagai - rhodes
Satoshi Takeishi - percussion
CJ Camerieri - Trumpet, Horns
Timothy Newman - Bass Trombone
Stomu Takeishi - Bass
Dave Weiss - alto flutes
Erik Friedlander - cellos, mixing, electronics
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 the film "Baby Ruby" by first time director Bess Wohl appearing now at the Toronto Film Festival....more