Cellist, John Zorn collaborator and all-round avant-gardist Erik Friedlander throws himself into this most unusual and daring project. Using the poetic ramblings of 19th-century surrealist Lautréamont (Isidore Ducasse) as the launching point, Friedlander improvises his own brutally beautiful ramblings. His cello is alone here, heart-wrenchingly abandoned but all the more bold and expressive for the solitude. "May it please heaven that the reader, emboldened, and become momentarily as fierce as what he reads, find without loss of bearings a wild and abrupt way across the desolate swamps of these sombre and poison-filled pages," Lautréamont wrote of his poems. And Friedlander makes it music.
Erik Friedlander plays the Rivoli Sunday (April 18).