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Ariel Friedman

Roslindale, MA      

Ariel Friedman is a multi-genre cellist and composer. A winner of the Women Composers Festival of Hartford’s 2020 call for scores and a recipient of New England Conservatory’s 2018 Alumni Award, she is steeped both in the music of American roots traditions and a broad range of classical repertoire as both a performer and composer. Ariel tours the U.S. and abroad with her sister as Ari & Mia, award-winning songwriters and highly acclaimed as New England’s Americana sister act. She is the founding cellist of Cardamom Quartet, a Boston-based ensemble engaged in reimagining the traditional canon by performing music exclusively by women. An advocate of new music, Ariel performs with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and has written music for and collaborated with many ensembles and soloists including Palaver Strings, Box Not Found, and the young artists of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. In demand as an educator, Ariel has taught at camps and workshops from New England to New Zealand.

All Is Well

All Is Well is based on a shape-note song by the same title from the “Northern Harmony” collection. Written in 1948, the words are about the peace that comes only in the afterlife. I chose to write this piece based on the paradox that all is well here and now, and all is also not well, which I illustrate using two tonal centers. There is also a chorale-like moment in the middle which is a distilled version of the original shape-note melody. This recording is played by pianist Miki Sawada.

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Til I Die

On a sunny November day in 2006, my grandmother said to my mother, “I’m gonna keep living til I die.” She suffered a heart attack that night. Charlotte was a joyful, big personality who lived through the loss of a daughter. I wrote this song about her. It is recorded by my chamber-folk sister duo Ari & Mia.

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Out of the Flowers

This piece is based on a quote by Basho: “The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.” Recorded by Cardamom Quartet.

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