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Gideon Freudmann's unorthodox approach to cello playing has allowed him to play with Richard Thompson, Patty Larkin and They Might Be Giants, all while releasing instrumental and vocal solo albums in a wide variety of styles. Raised in New Hampshire, he began studying cello and piano at an early age. Freudmann played on-and-off during high school, but was also influenced by popular music. While at the University of Connecticut, he formed a cello/guitar duo named Holiday Clocks that performed at several festivals around the area. Freudmann graduated with a cello performance major, and in 1987 Holiday Clocks released an album. He later decided to begin recording on himself, releasing several cassettes and the independent CD Fellini's Martini on his own CelloBop label. Gadfly Records heard Freudmann's material and signed the cellist to a contract. His first two albums for Gadfly, Banking Left and Cellobotomy (both 1995), consist of songs from the early cassettes. Subsequent efforts include 1997's Adobe Dog House, 1998's Sound of Distant Deer and 1999's Hologram Crackers. Ukranian Pajama Party followed in early 2001.
Gideon Freudmann, described as a "cross-genre cellist", coined the term cellobop to describe his music. His live performances feature improvisation and the use of loop-delay effects.
Composer and electric cellist Gideon Freudmann enjoys an international reputation for his innovative compositions and unique style of playing. His art is inspired by the best of classical, modern, jazz, eastern European and blues traditions, and his music is both immediately accessible and richly detailed in its nuance and complexity. His music is heard on television soundtracks and he is a regular contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered. The Boston Globe said of him, “Taking a modern artist's approach to the four-stringed instrument, Gideon Freudmann has brought the cello to a new realm.” His music has appeared in several episodes of Weeds, and has been placed in a number of indie films including the horse whisperer documentary, Buck. Freudmann has released 17 CDs to date—nine solo and eight collaborations. He is a founding member and composer for The Portland Cello Project. The short film, Denmark, based on his composition of the same name has won numerous international awards.