URI to host clinic by internationally
renowned bass guitarist
KINGSTON, R.I.-September 9, 1999 -- A touch of jazz will be flowing through
Kingston this September as the University of Rhode Island hosts a jazz workshop
by world renowned bass guitarist David Friesen. Free and open to the public,
the workshop will be held Thursday, September 23 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts
Recital Hall on the Kingston Campus.
The workshop is part of a nation-wide music clinic tour, sponsored by
music string manufacturer Thomastick-Infeld. Friesen will be accompanied
by guitarist Jerry Hahn. Clinics generally include Friesen playing selected
songs, holding a question and answer period, and working with participants
to develop their technical skills and playing ability.
Friesen has performed worldwide, touring the United States, Canada, Europe,
Japan, and Australia. He has played alongside such celebrated musicians
as Paul Horn, Mal Waldron, Elmer Gill, Joe Henderson, and Ted Curson. During
his early career, Friesen practiced with jazz legends Miles, Coltrane and
Bill Evans. Friesen has also proven himself to be one of the few bassists
who can give a solo concert and keep the audience riveted.
His music, which combines jazz with hints of folk, classical, and Jewish
overtones, and his skillful mastery of his instrument has won him international
acclaim. In the 1980's he was voted one of the ten new superstars by Japan
Swing Journal. Four of his albums received five star reviews, and two
of his written musical scores for animated shorts were nominated for Academy
Awards. In 1997 he received a nomination for best "jazz bassist"
at the American Jazz Awards.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116