CERRITOS, CA – One of the most eclectic guitar groups on the music scene today, California Guitar Trio (CGT) performs a sold-out Sierra Nights concert at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 PM. With a whirlwind of instrumental styles, the trio fuses Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, World, Progressive, and the quintessential California musical genre, Surf music.
Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah; Bert Lams of Brussels, Belgium; and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo, Japan are CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO. Its stunning virtuosity and precision playing have earned the trio a strong following, with significant crossover in the Progressive, Acoustic, and Classical music scenes. CGT’s music was featured on the televised 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004 Olympics, and also on CBS, NBC, CNN, and ESPN programs. CGT performed on the 2003 Grammy-nominated track Apollo on Tony Levin’s Pieces of the Sun; and CGT music was sent into outer space as wake-up music for the crew aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour. Throughout the past 14 years, CGT has shared the stage with superb musicians and performers, such as King Crimson, Jon Anderson, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Tito Puente, and Taj Mahal.
The trio first met in England at one of Robert Fripp’s guitar craft courses in 1987. After completing several of these intensive courses, the three toured worldwide with Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists. Richards, Lams, and Moriya founded CGT in 1991, honing their intricate original compositions, Surf music cover songs, and Classical composition re-workings.
Since its inception, the trio has released 11 CDs. These include six studio CDs featuring original works from CGT and a variety of Classical works such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and Fugue and Ludwig van Beethoven’s 5th Symphony; four live releases featuring the trio at its best onstage; and a Christmas CD with familiar and not-so-familiar holiday music.
CGT’s performance at the CCPA is sold out. For information on other upcoming events, call (562) 467-8818, or go to
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