Claws & WingsWhat do you do when someone special in your life dies? The shock can be numbing and disorienting. Within days of the death of his wife in November of 2011, cellist and composerErik Friedlanderfell off his bicycle on a wet morning in New York City, tearing completely the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) of his thumb, and effectively putting himself out of commission for 3 months. With concerts canceled and no practicing to be done Friedlander had a lot of time to think about difficult months he and his daughter had just gone through. Lynn, Erik s wife of 22 years, an award-winning choreographer and writer, who collaborated frequently with her husband, had suffered from breast cancer and her slow descent had been tough on everyone. After months of rehab and soul searching Friedlander began playing again. For me it was time to back into the flow of life. Grieving wasn t over -- it doesn t really work like that -- but life is a hard-ass, it doesn t stop, Friedlander says. It was like climbing onto to a moving freight train and I was out of practice. The thing is, music had been there for me through a lot of tough times, and it was still there for me. I just needed give it some attention.August, 2012 and Friedlander began composing again. He called to long-time collaboratorsSylvie CourvoisierandIkue Morias well as producer/engineerScott Solterand convened a 2-day session on the Lower East Side to record the new project. The music strongly resonates with Erik s mind-set at the time: meditating on a life lost, regaining his balance, and then moving forward with optimism.