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Erik Friedlander - BONEBRIDGE

Critical Acclaim For Bonebridge –

“They sounded very much like a working band and not much like any others you
could name. . .His tone, more expressive than you would expect,
could evoke either a slimmed-down upright bass or a deeper, woodsier lute or
Nate Chinen, The New York Times 
“What happens is a kind of timbral majesty: savvy, knowing, upright and down-home.Bonebridge is full of steady, directed songs that thrive in open air. It’s unquestionably jazz, but it’s also Americana, chamber music and a whole lot more.”
Josh JacksonNPR
“Although the freshness of a cello, guitar, bass and drums collective hooks the ear immediately, it is Friedlander’s compositional skills and his gifted band that keeps the interest going throughout.”
Jack HuntleyJazzTimes
“. . .the results are a quixotic mix of jazz nuance and roots-music melodies well worth exploring.”
Grayson CurrinPitchfork
 Bonebridge knits together a colorful patchwork of Americana that extends the sentimental resonance of rural folk traditions into exploratory new territory.”
Troy CollinsAllAboutJazz.com
Erik Friedlander plays two solo sets as part of the 2011 Undead Jazzfest:
Fri. June 24th – The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Sun. June 26th – Cubana Social, 70 North 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Wed. Sept 27th – 92YTriBeCa, 200 Hudson St., TriBeCA, ManhattanClick here for more information.
About Bonebridge:
Erik Friedlander’s Bonebridge is a collection of spirited pieces with intelligent twists and turns, and a distinctive American flavor. Pairing his cello with Memphis nativeDoug Wamble’s savvy slide-guitar makes for a buoyant and expressive front line: the two instruments are kindred spirits when played in this fresh context.

Erik’s father Lee, a photographer, would take his family with him on assignment, and one such job was the Galax Fiddler’s Festival in Galax, Virginia. It was 1971, and the Friedlander family was camping out with hundreds of bluegrass fans. Erik would walk around the festival grounds listening to the numerous pick-up bands that had impromptu sessions. Trucks would roll up, doors would open, and groups would come together. “Do you pick?” people would ask each other.

One staple of the bluegrass sound is the lap-steel guitar and Erik, then an 11-year old cello player, quickly became a fan. Men with their guitars turned face up and hitched at their waists, pressed down on the neck of the guitar with a silver slide- the bending tones left a lasting impression: “The sound is so expressive and I think is in some ways similar to the cello being bowed — both instruments are legato and singing. It hit me like a flash when I was contemplating my next project – why not put my cello together with slide?! After making this connection, everything fell into place and the music started writing itself.”

Guitarist Doug Wamble joins a honed unit. Friedlander, Mike Sarin (drums) andTrevor Dunn (bass) have played together in New York City for years (Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Marty Ehrlich), most recently in the Broken Arm Trio. “I wanted to find a musician with experience leading a band and driving a rhythm section.” Friedlander says of Wamble, “A player with charisma, but also a player who can understand the music from a leader’s perspective. Wamble has great ideas, and a deep sound. He understands how to shine, but also how to blend with the cello. He’s just the right guy for the job.”

Friedlander’s finger-picking cello style, his back porch pizzicato, is even more developed and fluid on Bonebridge.  He created unusual plucking techniques first on Block Ice & Propane (2007/Skipstone), approaches that are rooted in his early years studying folk guitar.  Rediscovering these dormant guitar abilities was a revelation: “For years I thought of the primary voice of the cello as the bowed sound. I would think, ‘bow first’ and then only a little pizzicato if I had run out of ideas. Now I’ve turned that whole way of thinking around. On Broken Arm I hardly used the bow at all and Bonebridge has a similar approach. It’s all about what the music needs, and it’s great to have this whole other quality in my arsenal.”