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Ananeah in Concert

Arvel Bird, Mary Redhouse, Will Clipman & William Eaton

Friday, October 2, 7:30 PM
$12 in advance $15 at door

Musical Magic of the Southwest

Ananeah (a Paiute word meaning “what do you call it”) is quartet of musical magicians who conjure their global native fusion from sources as diverse as Celtic, African, Native American, Gypsy, Latin, and good old American Rock ‘n’ Roll and Jazz, producing a sound as fresh and surprising as a cool desert spring hidden in a red rock canyon, yet as ancient and familiar as wind, rain, birdsong, and coyote’s howl. The violin virtuosity of Arvel Bird, classically refined yet infused with folksy humor and primal passion, matches string-for-string with the hand-crafted, uniquely-designed lyraharp guitar, double-neck guitar, lyre, and spiral clef of William Eaton, creating a sumptuous sonic bed for the dreamy eco-spiritual vocals and Native American flutes of Mary Redhouse. Subtly propelling this compelling blend of Old and New World melody and harmony is the pan-global polyrhythm of Will Clipman on Taos drums, djembe, udu, bodhran, and assorted percussion.

Each of these artists has individually achieved international acclaim, and all are in constant demand as performing and recording artists and cultural educators. Together, their chemistry is downright explosive, and their live performances take the audience on an imaginary voyage that is by turns peacefully meditative, irresistibly groovy, joyously celebrative, and emotionally stirring. Be prepared to laugh, cry, gasp, sigh, stomp your feet, and clap your hands, all in the space of a two-hour concert, all in the brilliantly stage-lit and acoustically pristine environment of Old Town Center for the Arts.

Ananeah is also the quartet’s eponymously-titled CD, a New Age Reporter Music Award® Winner for Best instrumental Album and a perpetual playlist favorite of progressive radio show hosts nationwide. Impeccably recorded, mixed, and mastered at Sedona’s own Wisdom Tree Studios and released on the Singing Wolf Records label, the CD captures all the improvisational fire and compositional acumen of this truly world-class ensemble. This and other recordings from the band’s voluminous collective oeuvre will be available for purchase at the show. This one-night only event is the only Ananeah concert performed in Northern Arizona this fall.

Arvel Bird fans who caught his remarkable performance at the Pine Mountain Amphitheater in September will be delighted to once again hear Arvel’s violin artistry, as a soloist and with Ananeah. After an amazing year in 2007 culminating with wins for the coveted title of Artist of the Year at the Native American Music Awards (Nammys), quickly followed by Best Instrumental Album at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (Cammys), “Lord of the Strings” Arvel Bird has been on the road touring the nation, and abroad, with his new show “Many Tribes, One Fire,” and introducing his long-awaited new CD Tribal Music Suite: Journey of a Paiute (2009) to his many fans. His personal enduring spirit, his storytelling, and his heartfelt music have enlightened the souls of audiences wherever he goes. Arvel is a classically trained violinist who has played with such top country stars as Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, Louise Mandrell, and many more. His mixed-blood heritage of Southern Paiute Indian and Scottish is the inspiration for his new compositions. He has created such a unique and universally appealing sound with his fusion of instruments and styles that it can only best be described as World Native Fusion.

Mary Redhouse of the Navajo tribe, is a versatile jazz vocalist, electric bassist, and Native flute player. She calls her exploratory vocal style “eco-spiritual" because it incorporates birdcalls, animal cries, multi-octave scat lines, and native chants. She was introduced to jazz in grade school by Beatrice Parker, a "beatnik" school librarian who played jazz albums while Mary shelved books. She has created music for documentaries and ballet companies. Mary is featured on Canyon Records CDs: along with R. Carlos Nakai, the Redhouse Family Jazz Band and William Eaton. She also performs and records with jazz saxophonist Oliver Lake.

Will Clipman has been a drummer since the age of three, and has mastered a pan-global palette of instruments in addition to the traditional drumset. He has recorded over fifty albums, half of those for Canyon Records, where he is regarded as the house percussionist. Will is a five-time GRAMMY® Nominee, a two-time Native American Music Award® winner, a New Age Reporter Music Award® winner, and a two-time Tucson Area Music Award® winner, and has been inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum for his contributions to the musical community in his hometown. Pathfinder, his first solo album for Canyon Records, received a 2009 GRAMMY® Nomination for Best New Age Album.

William Eaton, a musician, composer, and instrument maker whose imaginative harp guitars and multi-stringed instruments have been recognized world-wide, is the Director and co-founder of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, a guitar making school in Phoenix, Arizona. He has composed for and performed with the Amadeus Trio, Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra and has garnered three GRAMMY® Nominations, a Billboard Critics Choice® Award, a Native American Music Award®, and a New Age Reporter Music Award®.

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