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Renowned bassist David Friesen and guitar virtuoso Uwe Kropinski will perform in a special jazz concert in the second installment of the Music Matinee series. The pair, who took part in the 1991 series, return to play at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 in the Reed College chapel. Tickets for this evening concert are $10 and are available at the door. For more information, call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

The collaboration of Friesen and Kropinski began in the late 1980s and produced a top-ten jazz recording, Departures. Their music has been described as "magic," "eclectic," "dazzling," "original," and "beyond spectacular."

Uwe Kropinski, a native of East Berlin, Germany, began playing the guitar at age 14 and studied at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler from 1972 to 1976. During Kropinski's career he has played with some of the finest jazz musicians in the former East Germany, including Konrad Bauer and Michael Heupel, with whom he toured in Africa in 1993. His solo albums include So Oder So, Dancing With the Bass, and Guitar Guitar, for which critics have cited his superb mastery of the guitar. Since 1989, Kropinski has been playing specially made guitars unique for their 39 frets (an unusually high number).

David Friesen is well know in the Northwest as an accomplished bassist. He has garnered various honors, including the most valuable musician award at the 1977 Monterey Jazz Festival, four five-star album reviews in DownBeat, and three NEA jazz performance grants. Friesen has been playing nationally and internationally to critical acclaim since 1964 and has played and recorded with such jazz greats as Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, and Danny Richmond.

Critical praise for Friesen and Kropinski

* "Friesen and Kropinski are both "heart musicians." Their excellent technique allows them to create their music with no noticeable limitations, freely and from their own spirit."
-- Volgger / Innsbruck, Austria

* "With the kind of remarkable, intimate interplay that comes as a result of working together off and on for several years it became hard to figure who was leading who at times as solos and tuneful melodies bounced from one player to the other."
-- Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Critical praise for Uwe Kropinski

*"There isn't anything missing. Precision, fastness, explosive, dynamics, force, concentration, tenderness, vehemence, enthusiasm, and wit: Uwe Kropinski is not a guitar player, the man is a guitar."
-- Wiglat Droste, TAZ-Berlin

* "He knocked me out. I don't think I've ever been so impressed with a solo-guitar performance as with his."
-- Pat Metheny

Critical praise for David Friesen

* "Once in a great while a musician emerges with such authority that and seemingly effortless originality that his place in the front ranks of his instrument is unquestioned. So it is with David Friesen."
--Nat Hentoff

The Music Matinee Series continues in its 26th season. Founded in 1971 by Ottomar Rudolf, Reed College professor of German and humanities, these concerts have been made possible in part by the contributions of the Reed College Music Associates. Those interested in joining the organization and supporting its goals are encouraged to call 503/777-7573.