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California Guitar Trio

  • Wed Aug 3 2016 - 7:00 pm • CSPS Hall
  • $17 advance | $21 door

The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. These guys explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical and world music, throwing in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure.

Comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, the group has established a unique, personal connection with audiences, filling their show with captivating stories and humor that make concertgoers feel like they’re part of the music.

CGT’s 14 albums include their most recent release, Masterworks, showcasing their classical side with expansive takes on Bach, Beethoven, Arvo Pärt and Schubert. Other highlights range from Andromeda, combining their many influences into a visionary album of original material, to Echoes, which reimagines timeless material by artists such as Mike Oldfield, Penguin Café Orchestra, Pink Floyd and Queen.

The three met while taking Robert Fripp’s rigorous Guitar Craft courses in 1987. A Utah native now residing in Los Angeles, Paul Richards immersed himself in rock, blues, jazz and folk while attending The University of Utah’s jazz guitar program. Bert Lams, originally from Belgium, graduated from the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. Tokyo-born Hideyo Moriya began his guitar journey with surf music and British rock, before relocating to Boston to study at Berklee.