Erik Friedlander, a cellist, is an improviser and composer. He is also a veteran of NYC’s Downtown scene. Friedlander began studying music as a child, starting at age 5 with guitar and moving on to cello lessons at age 8. Friedlander grew up in a home filled with music. His father Lee Friedlander, a photographer, was an avid music fan and created countless mixtapes that were played every day in their home. Erik spent his twenties learning to play and improvise and soon became a highly sought-after studio musician. He performed with The Mountain Goats and John Zorn as well as Courtney Love and Dave Douglas. Erik was inspired by the music he loved to participate in and found new ways to play his cello. This led to his unique solo work, which is diverse and unexpected. Nighthawks is Friedlander’s latest project. It was created during the blackout that occurred in Lower Manhattan due to Hurricane Sandy. His Bonebridge Band is a slide-guitar and cello quartet with drums; Claws are featured on the cd.