Carrying the Avant-Jazz Torch

The California Chronicle provides a brief interview of Erik Friedlander.

In its heyday, the adventurous downtown scene served as a stage for everything from free improvisation to high-decibel rock. Its leaders, saxophonist and composer John Zorn and, later on, trumpeter Dave Douglas, had a penchant for unconventional instrumentation (string ensembles, bird calls, and so on), and repertoire (Bjork‘s songs, and Balkan and Jewish music, among others). This vibrant music scene nurtured such other avant-jazz string players as violinists Jenny Scheinman, Carla Kihlstedt, Jeff Gauthier, and Laura Seaton, as well as cellist Mark Dresser and bassist Devin Hoff.

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