World Chamber Fusion with The William Eaton Ensemble
Spiraling upward into the ether like a hawk on a thermal or tapping into bedrock like the roots of an ancient tree, the soaring harmonies and deep grooves of The William Eaton Ensemble are inspired and inspiring. Widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost designer and builder of innovative multi-stringed instruments, William Eaton is a founder and co-Director of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, a four-time GRAMMY® Nominee and a 2015 recipient of the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award.
Eaton’s arsenal of otherworldy instruments requires the accompaniment of extraordinarily accomplished and versatile musicians, and for twenty-five years he has surrounded himself with a cast of Arizona’s finest: Claudia Tulip on classical and world flutes and vocals; Allen Ames on violin, Violira, mandolin and guitar; GRAMMY® Nominee Mary Redhouse on bass, Native American flutes and vocals; and seven-time GRAMMY® Nominee Will Clipman on pan-global percussion.
This quintessentially Southwestern quintet blends classical sophistication with the rollicking energy of bluegrass, the improvisational inventiveness of jazz, the spiritual resonance of Native America and the irresistible grooviness of worldbeat in a completely original sound they call world chamber fusion. They’ll perform selections from their three critically-acclaimed Canyon Records albums, which will be available for purchase and signing at the show, as well as taking the audience where no one has gone before with their in-the-moment creative wizardry.