2016 Festival Performances

WILLIAM EATON

William Eaton designs and builds innovative guitars and stringed instruments and is a founder and Director of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, in Phoenix, AZ. A four time GRAMMY nominee Eaton has recorded 16 albums for Canyon Records and tours nationally and internationally. In 2015 he received the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award in the ‘artist’ category. Eaton has composed for and performed with the William Eaton Ensemble, Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra, Nebraska Chamber Orchestra and Amadeus Trio among others. He has performed and collaborated with R. Carlos Nakai, Will Clipman, Claudia Tulip, Allen Ames, Mary Redhouse, Arvel Bird, Edgar Meyer, Anthony Mazzella and Fitzhugh Jenkins. Along with his wife Christine, William is the co-Director of Old Town Center for the Arts, in Cottonwood, Arizona.

William Eaton, Claudia Tulip, Allen Ames

Rick Cyge’s “GUITARtistry”:

The exceptional Rick Cyge shares his unique fingerstyle “Guitartistry” and weaves the perfect tapestry of music for chilling out. Cyge’s intriguing arrangements of music from greats like Simon & Garfunkel, Sting, Norah Jones, The Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and The Eagles also includes Baby Boomer Classics, folk, pop, Motown and a nearly endless selection of Beatles music.

More on Rick Cyge:
Why do I call my music “GUITARtistry” (Guitar Artistry)?

I love fingerstyle guitar! I’ve been doing it for most of my life! In the idiom of “Fingerstyle Guitar”, I can orchestrate arrangements of pieces of music replete with melody, bass lines, counterpoint and other embellishments on one instrument. How cool is that? I’ve developed my own unique approach to distilling the best of the songs and tunes I love into their essential elements and combining them onto the six strings in a manner that expresses the soul of that piece in an engaging way that allows me to put my own personality into the fresh interpretation.

Description – Meadowlark:

Be transported on a magic carpet ride as Rick Cyge and Lynn Trombetta perform original, Celtic and popular music on guitar, flute and Irish whistles.
More on Meadowlark:

Meadowlark’s magical harp-like fingerstyle guitar and effervescent flutes capture the essence of beautiful, natural places!

The skillful combination of a single guitar and solo flute creates music that is both intimate and grand that floats gently, following the land and dances like a butterfly in the breeze. This is Meadowlark – captivating, organic music that is as distinctive in sound as it is diverse in scope.

This intriguing husband and wife duo began their musical journey together in 1993, playing Celtic music in a small café in a beautiful pecan orchard, and soon evolved into creating their own music inspired by the natural settings they were drawn to. Choosing the name Meadowlark they became known for their performances of instrumental compositions inspired by the desert southwest region, including “Creek Spirit”, written about Trombetta’s experience in the canyons of Sedona, where she spent her childhood summers, playing her flute from high and allowing the sounds to waft down through Oak Creek.

When you listen to Meadowlark, you’ll discover why being in tune with nature is no cliché for these two thought-provoking instrumentalists!

Original compositions showcase Cyge’s amazing range and deep musicality as both a composer and guitarist as the harp-like sound of his fingerstyle guitar technique intertwines with the pure, melodic tones of Trombetta’s flutes and Irish whistles. Meadowlark’s performance slips effortlessly from melodic tapestries to crisp and exciting up-tempo offerings that catch the ear and command attention.

Meadowlark’s Discography includes eight CD releases that have garnered reviews in international magazines and international airplay. Two releases charted in the Top 100 Radio Play list by New Age Voice. Their “Fire on the Mountain” CD, a benefit project generously underwritten by Salt River Project was released to raise funds for Trees for the Rim, a reforestation project for areas damaged in the Rodeo-Chedeski fire.