albums : erik friedlander and teho teardo

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In 2004 Italian electronics composer Teho Teardo and New York cellist Erik Friedlander began a trans- Atlantic collaboration, exchanging ideas, creating and remixing each other's contributions. They discovered a rapport that superseded their different backgrounds. The classically trained cellist now Downtown improviser and former electro punk now cutting edge film composer found they shared a drive to create emotionally charged, passionate music. Their first efforts, Munifried, was integral in Teardo's soundtrack for "Lavorare Con Lentezza", a film by Guido Chiesa who loved the track and purchased the rights for his film. Then, in the summer of 2005, Teho visited New York City and brought with him 2 bottles of red wine and an idea for a project: a book of poems by Pier Paolo Pasolini, the Italian director and writer who was murdered in 1975. Friedlander recorded 8 responses to the poems: some were single track cello improvisations, others were more complicated, multi-tracked productions which he sent to Teho in Italy. Teardo recomposed the tracks by mixing layers of elegant electronica, piano, and guitar with the stark acoustic cello. In between scoring projects, touring, and making CD's the two musicians found time to work together on their collaboration. They completed Giorni Rubati in early 2006 and, as a special addition included two live tracks, one from The Knitting Factory in New York, and the other from Prodenone, Italy--taken from a concert celebrating the 30 year anniversary of Pasolini's death.

how to order

1) to the red flag
2) tagliamento
3) ricordi di miseria
4) meditazione
5) ciant da li ciampanis
6) diario
7) munifried
8) tramonto pi nero dell'alba
9) pause for supper
10) ricerca di une casa
11) lacrime
12) stolen days
13) trionfo della notte
14. warm leatherette
(cover of punk band The Normal)

Teho Teardo is an electronic composer and a sound designer. In 2004 he composed the soundtrack for Guido Chiesa's "Lavorare con lentezza" that premiered at the Venice Film Festival and created a sound installation for Hic et Nunc, the contemporary art festival in Pordenone, Italy. He has remixed tracks for Placebo, Girls Against Boys, Cop Shoot Cop, Lydia Lunch, Rothko and curated the 12" serial named Domestic Landscapes for Nail Records. His elegant style and savvy use of earthy analogue electronics is mixed with a sure knowledge of acoustic instruments. In addition to creating the soundtrack for A Page of Madness a Japanese silent film that debuted at "Le Giornate del Cinema Muto" festival in 2001; and Il Fuggiasco, a 2003 movie by Andrea Manni. Teho has started the bands Meathead, MATERA (with Mick Harris), HERE (with Jim Filer Coleman), OPERATOR (with Scott Mccloud/GVSB) and MODERN INSTITUTE whose debut album has just been released by english label Expanding Records. Teho has realized several soundtracks, the last one for the new movie by Paolo Sorrentino premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

"Erik Friedlander can do things with a cello that should have a reasonable listener fearing for her life," says,"Rostropovich one second and Rottweiler the next." 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.



erik friedlander
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teho teardo
meathead - protect me from what I want
meathead - against the world
matera - same here
here - brooklyn bank
here - a bit of red
operator - welcome to the wonderful world
modern institute - excellent swimmer
teho teardo - caught from behind
teho teardo - paid in full
teho teardo - tower/mic
teho teardo - denti soundtrack
teho teardo - lavorare con lentezza soundtrack
teho teardo - l'amico di famiglia soundtrack