The 2007 Siskiyou Institute Fall Concert and Workshop Series will get under way with the return of the Mimi Fox Duo featuring jazz guitarist Mimi Fox and bassist Bill Douglas.

The 2007 Siskiyou Institute Fall Concert and Workshop Series will get under way with the return of the Mimi Fox Duo featuring jazz guitarist Mimi Fox and bassist Bill Douglas.

The duo will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Old Siskiyou Barn in Ashland.

Fox has recently released her seventh CD as a leader, a two-CD set titled "Perpetually Hip." Named a Rising Star in five consecutive Down Beat International Critics Polls (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007).

Fox also was profiled in Down Beat magazine's special feature, "66 Hot 6-Stringers: Down Beat's Look at the Guitarists Making Today's Scene." The feature presented 66 guitarists in the worlds of jazz, blues and beyond whose work is innovating, invigorating and perpetuating the guitar tradition.

Fox has performed at festivals and clubs all across the globe and has appeared on jazz pianist Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" program on NPR as well as the "BET on Jazz" program.

Douglas has recorded and performed with McPartland, Tom Waits, Art Lande, Charlie Byrd and many others.

Fox and Douglas will conduct an "Art of the Duo Jazz Improvisation Workshop" at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The workshop is open to all instruments.

The two musicians will discuss and demonstrate aspects of the collaborative process as reflected in their duo. In addition to sound and improvisation they will explore the listening, interaction, risk-taking and originality that go into creating an effective duo performance.

They will also discuss their individual approaches to both of their instruments.

Cost for the workshop is $10 for the general public and $5 for students and teachers. Student scholarships are available.

Tickets for the concert are $20, and student discounts are available.

The nonprofit Siskiyou Institute was created in 2001 in response to dwindling public funds for arts education and the resulting fewer and fewer music education programs being offered in the public schools system.

The Siskiyou Institute's purpose is to make "high quality musical experiences available to local teachers and students of music, and to the general public, on the premise that music is fundamental to our society and to the education of our youth."

The Institute will host basist David Friesen and guitarist Uwe Kropinski Friday, Oct. 12. Pianist Larry Vuckovich will perform on Friday, Oct. 28. Workshops will be offered Saturday after the concert.

See www.siskiyouinstitute.com, or call 488-3869.