Erik Friedlander

Erik Friedlander is an American cellist and composer based in New York City.

A veteran of NYC's experimental downtown scene, Friedlander has worked in many contexts, but is perhaps best known for his frequent collaborations with saxophonist/composer John Zorn. The LA Times wrote, "Friedlander's performance clearly positions him as the first potential star performer on his instrument."


Friedlander grew up in a home filled with art and music: his father is photographer Lee Friedlander, noted for the cover photographs he took for Atlantic Records. His father's fondness for R&B and jazz helped shape Friedlander's taste in music.

Friedlander started playing guitar at age six and added cello two years later. Apart from his work with Zorn, Friedlander has worked with Laurie Anderson, Courtney Love and Alanis Morissette, and is a member of the jazz/fusion quartet Topaz.


  • The Broken Arm
  • Vanishing Point (A Road Journal DVD)
  • Prowl (with the band Topaz)
  • Maldoror (a solo release with Brassland Records)
  • Quake (with Topaz)
  • Grains Of Paradise ("Cellist Erik Friedlander’s best recording as a leader is also one of the most distinctive jazz-with-strings albums ever made." --Ed Hazell The Boston Phoenix)
  • Skin (with Topaz)
  • Topaz (with Topaz)
  • The Watchman (with the band Chimera)
  • Chimera (with Chimera)
  • Skin DVD (with Topaz)
  • Chamber Quintet (with Marcin Oles and Bartlomiej Oles)
  • Pranzo Oltranzista (with Mike Patton)
  • Block Ice & Propane
  • 2007 - Volac: Book Of Angels, Vol. 8 (John Zorn compositions)

As a member of Bar Kokhba

  • 1998 - The Circle Maker | Zevulun - Disc 2 by Bar Kokhba Sextet |
  • 2005 - 50th Birthday Celebration Volume Eleven
  • 2008 - Lucifer: Book of Angels, Volume 10

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