The Filmmaker
Eva Soltes - Filmmaker/Music Producer/Dancer, is a veteran of arts and media production. Soltes has devoted her career to bringing the work of under-appreciated artists, art forms and cultures into the public eye. Her production company Performance & Media Arts creates documentaries and live events. Over the course of her career, Soltes has produced, directed and/or written approximately one thousand music, dance,theater and media works for national and international audiences.

Media projects include American producer of the BBC TV production of "WEST COAST STORY-Frontiers of New Music," a three-part program featuring the history of California composers; co-producer and editor of CIRCLES AND CYCLES, KATHAK DANCE, an award-winning documentary that aired internationally and on PBS stations; Tour producer and co-producer of the documentary SAXOPHONE DIPLOMACY, a broadcast work featuring The Rova Saxophone Quartet performing in the former Soviet Union during the Reagan era; producer/director/editor of ON CONLON NANCARROW, a multi-image short portraying ex-patriot composer Conlon Nancarrow (the first artist to receive a MacArthur "genius grant") in his Mexico City studio -- completed as an Artist-in-Residence at The Centre Pompidou; producer/director/editor of BUILDING A DREAM, a documentary about Lois Davidson Gottlieb (a Frank Lloyd Wright trained architect) through the process of building an ecologically sound home with her son; and videographer/editor of a short film made in Sri Lanka to help raise education money for children of the Tsunami. As a dancer Soltes is an accomplished performer and teacher of Bharatanatyam, classical dance of south India, having studied for decades with the legendary dancer T. Balasaraswati. Soltes has performed contemporary work in collaboration with Lou Harrison and Gary Snyder. In Istanbul, Turkey Soltes was given special permission by the head of the Mevlevi sect to dance to the poetry of their 12th century poet Rumi. She has also been an artist in residence at Taliesin West. Eva Soltes currently lives and works in Joshua Tree, California where she has founded an artist residency/performance program at "Lou Harrison House."