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Electric Harp Guitar Group with aerialist Taylor Marie set for Oct. 16 in Old Town


The Electric Harp Guitar Group (EHGG) is visionary guitarists William Eaton, Anthony Mazzella, and Fitzhugh Jenkins. (Old Town Center for the Arts/Courtesy)

The Electric Harp Guitar Group (EHGG) is visionary guitarists William Eaton, Anthony Mazzella, and Fitzhugh Jenkins. (Old Town Center for the Arts/Courtesy)


Originally Published: October 12, 2021 4:39 p.m.

The Old Town Center for the Arts presents a multi-media event featuring the Electric Harp Guitar Group with special guest aerialist Taylor Marie on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., according to a news release.

The Electric Harp Guitar Group (EHGG) is visionary guitarists William Eaton, Anthony Mazzella, and Fitzhugh Jenkins who will perform on their unique hand-crafted electric harp guitars, six-string guitars and double neck harp synthesizer guitar.

The evening will begin with a special artist reception for Sedona artist Nancy Ruby who is presenting a collection of her landscape paintings exhibited on the theater walls at Old Town Center for the Arts. The artist reception will begin at 6 p.m. Wine, beer and concessions will be available for the reception and concert.

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(Old Town Center for the Arts/Fully Alive Photography/Courtesy)

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. For this concert the trio will explore new boundaries, including vocals and driving rhythmic textures, to bring out new lyric expressions and new sonic qualities from their long scale solid body electric instruments.

“We haven’t played a concert together for over a year and a half,” Eaton said. “And we’re interested in expressing some of the emotions we experienced during the pandemic, that we feel will resonate with our listeners, as we all went through this together. For this concert we’re pleased to have aerialist Taylor Marie join us. Attendees don’t often get to witness the wonderful visuals and ‘movement art’ performed on silks, trapeze and lyra (hoop), especially in our area. We’re looking forward to an evening of diverse musical styles and ‘elevated’ movement art.”

Marie has performed in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and California, and has also taught workshops in aerial dance.

The EHGG trio initially formed when musician-luthier William Eaton designed his proto-type 18 string 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.

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 longtime 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 five shows at OTCA, so grab your tickets early and come enjoy a special evening of electric harp guitar music on Saturday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at Old Town Center for the Arts. The pre-show artist reception for Nancy Ruby in the OTCA theater begins at 6 p.m.

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.

For upcoming events, visit oldtowncenter.org. For further information, contact Elena Bullard at 928-634-0940.

Information provided by the Old Town Center for the Arts.