Hartt & Soul Productions Presents: Benefitting One World
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California Guitar Trio w/ Montreal Guitar Trio
Early Show : 7:00 PM
Late Show : 9:30 PM
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. The trio’s questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws 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 over 14 albums and over 11 million streams on Pandora. In addition to dazzling musicianship and interplay, The California Guitar Trio’s shows are full of captivating stories and humor that enable concert-goers to feel like they’re part of the music, not just spectators. Two decades and 1,500+ gigs later, the CGT remains intensely committed to explore, evolve and communicate a wide-ranging musical worldview.
When it comes to bridging diverse genres of music, Montreal Guitar Trio, which CBC described as “the hottest guitar ensemble in Canada,” has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with. For more than 14 years, the trio’s virtuosity, rigor, creativity, and dynamic stage presence — they are noted for the wit and warmth of their interactions with audiences — have been winning applause around the world. They won the 2011 Opus Prize for concert of the year in the Jazz / World Music category. They have given hundreds of concerts in prestigious venues in North America, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, including the BB King Blues Club in New York, the Rundetårnet in Copenhagen, and the legendary Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
CGT+MG3 features all six virtuoso guitarists from California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3). Representing four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium, and US), they fuse over 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-6-string ‘phenomensemble’. In a pleasantly surprising way, CGT’s steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3’s nylon-stringed guitars, as each trios fret boards chase the others’ original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.