Visionary guitarists William Eaton, Anthony Mazzella, and Fitzhugh Jenkins join forces as the ‘Electric Harp Guitar Group’ (Ehgg) to perform on their unique electric harp guitars, 6-string guitars, and double-neck harp synthesizer guitars Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. in a special live concert at Old Town Center for the Arts.
If You Go ...
• What: Electric Harp Guitar Group
• When: Saturday, February 23rd, 7 pm
• Where: Old Town Center for the Arts,
5th Street & Main, Cottonwood
• How Much: $20 advance $22 door,
• More Info: (928) 634-0940
• For artist information visit:
A local phenomenon with international experience ‘Ehgg’ combines individual virtuosity with ensemble sensibility to create instrumental compositions, drawn from transcendental world, jazz, rock and new age genres.
Internationally known guitar maker William Eaton designed and built the one-of-a-kind 18-string electric harp guitars to create a wider frequency range. Listeners will hear original improvised music along with composed and popular melodies, within the group’s arrangements.
“Ehgg is finding its collective voice, and getting to a new level of musicianship,” Fitzhugh Jenkins remarked.
“What is most satisfying is how the group has learned to meld the three instruments into one cohesive sonic texture,” William Eaton commented. “Each moment is a practice of supporting each others efforts to compliment the open tunings, rhythms, melodies, percussive tapping, and unique timbre of each instrument.”
Anthony Mazzella added, “The improvised nature of our approach allows us the freedom to explore new ideas. Both rehearsal and concert is an experience of finding the spark and magic of what is being created in the moment.”
The trio initially formed when luthier William Eaton designed his proto-type electric harp guitar. A long time fan of Anthony Mazzella and Fitzhugh Jenkins, Eaton invited them to try out the new instrument and join together to create the Electric Harp Guitar Group.
After several months of rehearsal the trio spent time at Wisdom Tree Studios in Sedona to record their self-titled “Electric Harp Guitar Group” which was honored as one of the ‘Top 25 ‘Essential CD’s by Echoes’ – an internationally syndicated radio program.
Each musician brings diverse talent and creative technique to the ensemble. 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 10 guitarists in the U.S.” by Guitar One magazine.
Fitzhugh Jenkins has travelled the world seeking the always illusive muse. He grew up playing professionally in Honolulu, has studied music in Cuba, at Berklee College of Music and in Paris.
He has taken in the Tango rhythms in Buenos Aires and has performed in Mumbai and Delhi. His original music has been used on the Discovery Channel, the Oprah Network and the Green Channel. Fitzhugh has performed musical healing on elephants in Thailand.
William Eaton is acknowledged as one of the world’s great designers and builders of unique guitars and stringed instruments. He is a four-time GRAMMY nominee, NAMMY (Native American Music Awards) winner, and long time recording artist for Canyon Records.
Eaton is also the current director of the longest running guitar making school in North America, Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, a school he co-founded in 1975.
The Electric Harp Guitar Group has sold out their past four shows at OTCA, so grab your tickets early and come enjoy a special evening of electric harp guitar music on Saturday, February 23, 7 p.m., at Old Town Center for the Arts,
Old Town Center for the Arts Is located at 5th Street & Main in Old Town Cottonwood.
Tickets for Electric Harp Guitar Group are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, and $25 for priority seating in the first three rows.
Tickets are available online at showtix4u.com. Tickets are also available in Cottonwood at: Desert Dancer, and Mount Hope Foods and in Sedona at The Literate Lizard Bookstore.
For upcoming events, visit oldtowncenter.org.
For further information, contact Elena Bullard at 928-634-0940.