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Eric Fridrich / Bio

From the train tunnels of Chicago to the orchestra hall of Seattle, Eric Fridrich has shared his music with audiences of all kinds. The music is a study in many world traditions subtlety woven into a singer songwriter sensibility "defies classification" (Tom Barille Former editor Chicago arts and entertainment magazine) with an instrumental mastery that has awarded performances with rock and roll hall of famers, grammy winners, and prominent african soukous, opera, flamenco and jazz artists. Eric is currently playing solo performances nationally, lead guitar for Super Mokako (African Soukous) and Seattle Soul and releasing multiple recordings from the past few years.

Brief History: The roots and rust began in the boomy caverns of Chicago's Roosevelt train tunnels under the tutelage of the wise hobo Jim Dunn who knew every classic hot jazz, old country, blues or Irish tune you could imagine on his uke and tin whistle. Fridrich and some friends (later to become the Bottom Feeders), knowing Jim was always down there, quickley made it a habit to play amidst the commuter shuffles and train call muffles into the later hours when the tip money afforded whiskey and Jim's rent: a $1.25 ticket on the Chicago Loop trains that ran all night...

Career Highlights:

Featured Harmonica player for the 'Big River' Issiquah village theater production 2012
Accompanied Lee Oskar (War) in a performance for United by Music 2012
Performed Guitar for Wawali Bonane (Tabu ley Rochereau, Yoka Enzenze) 2012
Grammy award/rock n roll hall of Famer Garth Hudson from 'The Band' guested with Fridrich 2011
performed with Steve Kindler (Mahavishnu Orchestra) 2012
Guested at Benaroya Hall 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Played with Garth Hudson at Sundance Film Festival January 2010
Channel 5 Exclusive Interview - 2007
Seattle Weekly “Best New Artist of the Year – 2006” (Nominated)
Live Radio Performances & Interviews: KBCS, KING, KPND, KZOK, KLAY and many others
#1 on the world charts twice on numberone music
Played with and interviewed Wayne Henderson (Doc Watson/ luthier for Eric Clapton) 2011
Sat in with Grammy winner Louis Ortega
Was featured electric guitar solo and vocalist with Jazz legend Overton Berry 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
played with Tony Coleman (BB King) 2009
Performed with award winning Jazz/Classical guitarist Leon Atkinson 2009
backing guitar for Alex kajumulo of Tanzania 2012
African Soukous Guitar master Huit Kilo (Wawali Bonane, Janet Jackson) guested with Fridrich 2009
performed with award winning Flamenco artist Andre Feriante 2008-2011
Performed guitar for percussion master Thione Diop (Senegal) 2012

General Info

Band Members
Steve Kim, Ricardo Guity, Leif Totusek
Artist Name
Eric Fridrich
Home Page
Active Since
Blues / Jazz / Latin

Contact Info

Seattle, WA
Eric Fridrich

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