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California Guitar Trio Puts Surf Music Up Front at Artist Series Concert

(Posted September 8, 2003)


HUNTINGDON, PA. -- If music fans can imagine combining the surf sound of Dick Dale?s ?Miserlou? with Bach instrumentals, then the California Guitar Trio will tickle the fancy of any listener at the opening performance of the Juniata College Artist Series at 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16 in Rosenberger Auditorium in Oller Hall on the Juniata campus.

For tickets and information about the Juniata College Artist Series, please call (814) 641-3605 or visit the Web site www.juniata.edu/arts. General admission tickets for single performances are $20. Single-show tickets for seniors over age 65 and children age 18 and under are $12. Juniata College students are admitted free with a student ID.

The California Guitar Trio fuses classical, rock ?n? roll, bluegrass, and world music with a healthy helping of the surf music of Dale, the Beach Boys and other California groups.

The group has been nominated for several music industry awards and performed on the 2003 Grammy Award-nominated track ?Apollo? from the Tony Levin album ?Pieces of the Sun.? Their music has been used to score the telecasts of the 1998 and 2000 Olympics and on network programs on ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN.

The three musicians comprising the California Guitar Trio are: Paul Richards, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Bert Lams, of Brussels, Belgium; and Hideyo Moriya, of Tokyo, Japan. The three musicians originally met performing with guitar legend and former King Crimson member Robert Fripp, as part of his League of Crafty Guitarists tour. The three formed the trio in 1991.

The group has released several acclaimed albums of instrumental music, including ?Yamanashi Blues,? ?Invitation? and ?Pathways,? which featured guitar arrangements for the works of Beethoven. The group?s latest album ?CG3+2,? features Peter Gabriel bassist Tony Levin and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto.

The group also has recorded four live albums and has performed with King Crimson, jazz guitarist John McLaughlin, Latin percussion master Tito Puente and blues performer Taj Mahal.

Downbeat magazine, the top publication for jazz fans, wrote of the trio, ?It?s not all about technical veracity as the musicians? astonishing synergy and sense of purpose serves as the core paradigm for this (group).?

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.