ERIK FRIEDLANDER'BROKEN ARM TRIO
ERIK FRIEDLANDER - CELLO
TREVOR DUNN - DOUBLE BASS
MICHAEL SARIN - DRUMS
$20 all seats
In 1949 Oscar Pettiford broke his arm playing baseball. He could still move his fingers even though his arm was in a sling, so he began experimenting with a cello a friend had lent to him. He tuned the cello like a bass only an octave higher and later made history recording a series of cello-led projects including the great, under-recognized 1964 Fantasy release, "My Little Cello" featuring a photo of his newborn son whom he named Cello.
Erik Friedlander tosses away his bow for this new band, playing only pizzicato in a world steeped in the influences of Oscar Pettiford and the small group feel of Herbie Nichols
A virtuosic veteran of NYC's downtown scene, Friedlander has backed John Zorn, Laurie Anderson and Courtney Love. New York's Erik Friedlander is a unique cellist whose work blurs genre borders. He is a composer and an improviser, a classical musician and a jazzbo. The LA Times put it best when they wrote,
"Friedlander's performance clearly positions him as the first potential star performer on his instrument."
Erik grew up in a home filled with art and music. He is the son of Lee Friedlander, an art photographer known by musicians and jazz aficionados for the cover photographs he took for Atlantic Records. His passion for r&b and jazz greatly influenced Erik, whose earliest memories are of a household filled with the sounds of his father's subjects--Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane. Erik started playing guitar at age 6 and added cello two years later.
Bassist Trevor Dunn is already known for his intense musical diversity: 1) as co-founder/composer of the avant-rock band Mr. Bungle and 2) as the ubiquitous sideman of countless groups in the jazz circuit of the San Francisco Bay Area, such as Graham Connah's Sour Note Seven (Andrew Hill/Mingus inspired septet), Ben Goldberg's various Trios and Sextets, and John Schott's Diaglossia Ensemble.
With a background in punk/death metal, the instrumental and compositional studies of contemporary classical music, and the experience of playing blues, standards, and free-jazz, Trevor is now leading his own Trio-Convulsant with guitarist Adam Levy and drummer Kenny Wollesen.
Trevor has also worked with the Kronos Quartet, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Wayne Horvitz, Ellery Eskelin, Gerry Hemingway, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Kaiser and Eyvind Kang.
Drummer Michael Sarin established himself as a high caliber jazz drummer and improviser while playing in the Thomas Chapin Trio. A native of Seattle, Sarin had relocated to New York by 1991, when the trio recorded the album Anima for Knitting Factory's label.
The Chapin Trio continued to record excellent albums until the loss of Thomas Chapin in 1998.In addition to being a core member of this group, Sarin has worked frequently with such genre-leading musicians as bassists Mark Dresser and Drew Gress, pianist Myra Melford, violinist Mark Feldman, guitarist Brad Shepik and many more.