This past Saturday, May 9, 2009, three-time Grammy Nominee William Eaton returned to Arcosanti to performed under the Arcosanti Vaults. As the full moon dramatically rose in the evening light, Eaton filled the Vaults and Canyon with the luscious sounds of his hand-built string instrument.
The concert followed the customary site tour and a dinner of Roasted Corn Soup, Full Moon Talapia, BBQ Tofu, Guacamole, Rice Stuffed Peppers, Fresh Salad and Ice Cream for Dessert.
William Eaton was accompanied by accomplished virtuoso flutist Claudia Tulip and for a few pieces, his daughter joined the performance with guitar and song.
Acknowledged as one of the world’s great designers and builders of unique guitars, Eaton is the current director of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix, Arizona, a guitar making school he co-founded with John Roberts and Robert Venn in 1975. An innovative artist, Eaton has composed for and performed solo and with his own group the William Eaton Ensemble, the Electric Harp Guitar Group (a unique trio that plays Eaton designed harp guitars), the Amadeus Trio, Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. His recording career includes three GRAMMY Nominations, two NAMMY awards, and album of the year (for “Ananeah”) by the New Age Reporter magazine. With Canyon Records, Eaton has collaborated with world renowned Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai on seven albums and has released five recordings on the Canyon label with the William Eaton Ensemble including Where Rivers Meet, earning a Billboard Critic’s Choice, and Sparks and Embers, which garnered top ten play list recognition in the “World Music” category in Japan and Canada in the spring of 2006 and was named an essential top 25 album on the syndicated radio program Echoes for 2006.
Classically trained, jazz influenced, and world music inspired, Claudia performs on silver and ethnic flutes. She has written for ensembles, dance companies, theatre and video and has performed at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Estes Park Folk Festival and on Good Morning America. Recording credits include her flute album Migrations and albums by William Eaton, Chris Spheeris, Sharon Burch, and Ani Williams. Tulip studied the nationally renowned children’s music program Music Together with founder Ken Guilmartin and now directs her own center, Music Together of Scottsdale.