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Guitar Summit

Featuring: William Eaton, Anthony Mazzella, Fitzhugh Jenkins, Joe Myers

Friday, September 25, 7:30 PM
$12 in advance $15 at door

Six Strings and Beyond

Four visionary guitarists join forces to present an evening of solo and ensemble guitar works at the Old Town Center for the Arts on Friday, September 25th, at 7:30 PM. William Eaton, Anthony Mazzella, and Fitzhugh Jenkins presented their original Electric Harp Guitar Group, EHGG, to a sold out house at OTCA last April, and will take it up another notch with new improvisations and the addition of Joe Myers in the concert lineup. This will be the first meeting of the four, and the first “Guitar Summit” event at OTCA.

Each musician brings diverse talent, creative technique and a unique style to this ‘one night only’ concert. Anthony Mazzella is recognized as one of the most innovative and technically proficient guitar players in the world, and was voted as “one of the top ten guitarists in the U.S.” by Guitar One magazine. Anthony travels from New York to make this appearance at OTCA in Old Town Cottonwood.

Fitzhugh Jenkins has become renowned for his versatility on acoustic, classical, and bass guitars and his performing and recording career has taken him around the U.S., Europe, India, Canada, and Hawaii. This past year Fitzhugh’s original music has been aired on the Discovery Channel and the Sundance Channel. ‘Fitz’ returns from a summer of travels to India, Spain, and California, with some renewed inspirations.

Phoenix-based guitarist Joe Myers has created music for film, festivals, art and production projects. He has produced four solo albums, and contributed to numerous others. His work is also played interstitially on NPR and PRI. And notably Myers' has worked in tandem with Native American composer Brent Michael Davids (Kronos Quartet, Joffrey Ballet) creating original scores for "Last of the Mohicans", and for Sherman Alexie's film, "The Business of Fancy Dancing", and performing live at the World Premier of "Silent Enemy" at the 1996 Santa Fe Film Fest.

William Eaton is acknowledged as one of the world’s great designers and builders of unique guitars and stringed instruments. He continues as Director of Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, a school for guitar making in Phoenix that he co-founded in 1975. He has received three GRAMMY nominations and recorded nineteen albums with the William Eaton Ensemble, R. Carlos Nakai, the wilde boys, EHGG, Ananeah, and the Quiet Fire Trio.

In addition to solo guitar pieces, the Guitar Summit will showcase repertoire from Eaton, Mazzella and Jenkin’s self-titled EHGG album, which has gained extensive airplay on radio and internet. The group plays three of Eaton’s unique electric harp guitars that, according to one reviewer, “look like lost artifacts of a highly evolved alien culture.” Each harp guitar has 18 strings, and when all three are played together the instruments simultaneously resonate in harmony, rhythmic syncopation, and melodic counterpoint. The Group’s music could be described as an inner space, sonic voyage, but the group goes beyond ambient trans-groove boundaries, exploring pop, funk, folk and classical themes.

“We’re looking forward to having Joe sit in with the group,” Eaton remarked. He’s a remarkable guitarist who also plays harp guitar. This should be interesting.”

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Fitzhugh Jenkins

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