EVA SOLTES is a prolific performing Arts producer, dancer and documentarian who has championed the work of gifted artists and underserved art forms for decades. She is the Founder/Director of Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology, an organization based in the late Lou Harrison’s straw bale retreat in Joshua Tree, California. For the past ten years international artists and thinkers have been given residency opportunities at the historic site, bringing cultural programming to the high desert community through world class performances and workshops. Residents have included composers Terry Riley, John Luther Adams, Alexandra Dubois, Luciano Chessa, permaculture designer/story teller Warren Brush, and many more.
Soltes enjoyed a multi-faceted personal and professional relationship with Lou Harrison that spanned nearly thirty years. During that time she developed a large body of media on the composer culminating in her feature length documentary, LOU HARRISON: A World of Music. Other highlights include consulting for the Lincoln Center Festival to facilitate their commissioning of the new arias for Young Caesar; introducing Harrison and poet Gary Snyder to one another and producing their performance collaboration in a benefit event to fund the re-building of Harrison and William Colvig’s “Old Grandad” American gamelan instruments; producing Harrison’s 80th birthday celebration at the 92nd Street Y in New York and travelling with Lou and his partner William Colvig extensively throughout the U.S. and Japan, producing concerts of his music. In December 2016 Soltes collaborated with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas as a Music Consultant and filmmaker for their 100th birthday concert honoring Harrison.
Other highlights of Soltes’ career include producing Sound Design in Media, the first national conference on the creative use of sound in media at Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Ranch, with John Cage as Keynote Speaker and Academy Award winning sound designer Randy Thom and Radio Drama producer Erik Bauresfeld as Hosts; obtaining a visa for the late expat composer, Conlon Nancarrow, and arranging his re-entry into the United States from Mexico while directing a slide-tape documentary “On Conlon Nancarrow” completed as an artist-in-residence at the George Pompidou Center in Paris, that toured the US and Europe on tours that Soltes produced for Nancarrow. She was the American Producer and music consultant for a three-part television series for the BBC TV West Coast Story: Frontier of New Music that traced the history of West Coast composers including Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison, John Cage, John Adams, etc. Other notable projects include creating and hosting Crossovers - Classical East Contemporary West a performance/interview program featuring master artists from Asia and their American students performing and discussing their cultural histories in a series that lasted five years for the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Previously she was Concert Director of 1750 Arch Concerts in Berkeley, California, where with Music Director Tom Buckner she presented over 800 performances and hosted more than 100 live radio broadcasts with composers and musicians from around the world.
As a dancer Soltes specializes in Bharatanatyam, classical dance of south India having trained for decades with the late legendary south Indian artist T. Balsaraswati. In 2014/15 Soltes was a visiting teacher at the Balasaraswati Institute of Music and Dance in Chennai and in 2016 was invited to dance at the Madras Music Academy in a performance celebrating Bala’s 98th birthday. At that occasion Soltes also presented a short film tribute to Luise E. Scripps who introduced Soltes to Indian Dance. The film was subsequently shown at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina.