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Old Town Center for the Arts

Cottonwood, AZ –  The William Eaton Ensemble brings their world fusion sound to Old Town Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 30th at 7:30 pm and will be joined by special guest Norwegian Singer Solvei McKenna.The Ensemble is composed of William Eaton, Claudia Tulip, Allen Ames, and Will Clipman. Each, an accomplished artist in their own right, they come together to create music both ethereal and earthy. Part myth, music, song, and storytelling their performance and compositions combine traditional form with improvisation, with influences from musical styles around the world.

For this concert the ensemble will present a first time collaboration with Solvei McKenna, including several improvisational songs. Solvei is an internationally acclaimed Norwegian composer, vocalist and performer. Her career began as a dancer at the age of fifteen in Norway, and gradually progressed into a music career. Solvei got her start on the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, performing at major jazz and Latin jazz venues across Southern California. She is a Los Angeles Music Award Nominee and winner for Best World – Jazz Artist of the Year.

The William Eaton Ensemble melds the diverse sounds of unique stringed instruments, flute, violin, cello, mandolin and world percussion instruments. The result is a collection of graceful melodies in impressionistic arrangements that take the listener on a journey to the far reaches of the imagination. With a combined 12 GRAMMY nominations and five NAMMY Awards (Native American Music Awards) between them, their Canyon Records CD’s have garnered two Billboard Critics Awards, a top 10 World Album, a top 10 New Age album, and the “Sparks and Embers” selection as one of the top 25 albums of the year from “Echoes” a radio program broadcast to over 300 radio stations worldwide.

Beginning with William Eaton, a musician and instrument maker whose imaginative harp guitars and multi-stringed instruments have been recognized worldwide, each member of the group is an accomplished artist. As the Director and co-founder of Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, a guitar making school in Phoenix, Eaton has been designing, building, and playing stringed instruments for over 35 years. Classically trained, jazz influenced and world music inspired, Claudia Tulip performs on silver and ethnic flutes. She has written for ensembles, dance companies, theatre and video and also teaches ‘Music Together’ a special music education program for kids. Allen Ames never met an instrument he couldn’t play. He has performed with almost every musical group using the word Arizona, including: the Arizona Opera, Ballet, Pops and Jazz Orchestras, the Arizona Art Ensemble and of course the Arizona Roping Rangers. He has played with the Phoenix String Quartet and other ensembles and is currently on tour with the world famous Red Neck Tenors. A drummer since the age of three, Will Clipman has mastered a pan-global palette of indigenous instruments in addition to the traditional drum set. In a career that has spanned nearly every known musical genre, he is considered one of the foremost percussionists in the industry. Bassist Mary Redhouse brings her exquisite five octave vocal range, which she mixes with Native American chants, bird sounds and Native American flute playing in the tradition of her Navajo heritage. Mary’s improvisational work in jazz and world music is unparalleled.

Solvei has released six independent albums, including the critically acclaimed A Soul’s Journey which is played and distributed globally. Solvei is one of the leads in the Norwegian TV Documentary series Ja, Vi Elsker Hollywood (Yes, We Love Hollywood). On her most recent recording, Worlds Within, Solvei embarks on a new and exciting collaboration with pan-global percussionist Will Clipman.

Come enjoy this group of ‘musical storytellers’ that invoke the magic of the moment as they draw inspiration and cues from each other and their surroundings.

Tickets for the William Eaton Ensemble with Solvei are $18 in advance, $20 at the door; and $25 for priority seating. Tickets are available online at, in Cottonwood at Jerona Java Café, and Desert Dancer; and in Sedona at Crystal Magic and Golden Word Bookstore. Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 5th Street & Main in Old Town Cottonwood. For more information please call Elena Bullard at 928.634.0940.