An integral part of NYC’s downtown jazz scene cellist Erik Friedlander is “one of today’s most ingenious and forward-thinking musical practitioners.” His early bread and butter years involved writing for jingles and doing session work with artists like Laurie Anderson, Courtney Love’s Hole, and Dar Williams. He has performed on 100’s of CD’s, movie scores and commercials and has released 7 CD’s under his own leadership. Grains of Paradise was called, ”..one of the most distinctive jazz-with-strings albums ever made,” by Boston Phoenix. Recent releases include Quake, a new quartet recording on Cryptogramophone Records and Maldoror, a solo cello recording on Brassland inspired by the poems of Ducasse. The quartet Topaz is Erik’s current pet project.
“Lucia sings to preserve the soul . . . her heart escapes her through her mouth.” Lucia Pulido has participated in various projects, ranging from traditional Colombian music to Renaissance music, jazz, and “Nueva Cancion” (New Song). Her formative years in the 1980’s were spent in the duo “Ivan y Lucia” with songwriter Ivan Benavides, recording and touring in Spain, England, Colombia, and Ecuador. Upon arrival in New York in 1994 Lucia’s musical compass focused on traditional Colombian rhythms, founding the percussion and vocal ensemble “Fiesta de Tambores”. Since then she has ventured beyond her traditional borders collaborating with jazz musicians Edward Simon, Dave Binney, Brian Blade, Erik Friedlander and Japanese percussionist Satoshi Takeishi.
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