The Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society (GCPAS) will presents the California Guitar Trio with guest bassist Tony Levin to the St. Xavier Performance Center Saturday January 31 at 7:30 PM. The concert is part of a series presented by GCPAS with proceeds supporting tuition assistance programs at Catholic elementary schools.
California Guitar Trio (CGT) is a band of three guitar players founded in 1991. The three—Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bert Lams of Affligem, Belgium, and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo, Japan—met at a 1987 Guitar Craftcourse, in which Robert Fripp instructed them in the New Standard Tuning (NST). After completing several of Fripp’s Guitar Craft courses, the three toured as part of Robert Fripp and The League of Crafty Guitarists.
Continuing their collaboration then in Los Angeles, they founded The California Guitar Trio in 1991. They continue to play in the New Standard Tuning. Their performances and recordings include original compositions, surf covers, and classical re-workings of classical music. Their influences include European classical music, rock,blues, jazz, world music, and surf music. California Guitar Trio emphasizes technical virtuosity and displays humor.
The Trio’s music was featured during the television coverage of the 1998 and 2000 Olympic Games. It has been featured on CBS, NBC, CNN WorldBeat, and ESPN TV programs. They performed on the 2003 Grammy Awards-nominated track “Apollo” on Tony Levin‘s CD Pieces of the Sun.. CGT music served as wake-up music for the crew aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour.
The California Guitar Trio performed as an opening act for King Crimson, from which bassist Tony Levin and drummer Pat Mastelotto regularly join the CGT for live shows. CGT has shared the stage with many performancers, including the following: John McLaughlin, David Sylvian, Tito Puente, Leftover Salmon, Taj Mahal,Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, Adrian Legg, Adrian Belew, Jon Anderson.
The Trio has released 16 albums: seven studio CDs featuring original CGT songs and a variety of other works spanning numerous genres, four live releases, and a Christmas CD with Christmas music. Lams has also made a solo album of Bach preludes titled Nascent.
In August 2004 they released Whitewater, which was produced by Tony Levin. It features mainly original works of the CGT, offset by a puzzle-work arrangement of a Bach lute suite and a mashup of “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky” with The Doors‘ “Riders on the Storm.” This was followed in 2008 by Echoes, an album composed entirely of covers, and 2010’s Andromeda, the band’s first release to consist entirely of original material. The 2012 release Masterworks is an all classical music compilation featuring music by Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, Rossini and Part. Chicago guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque plays on Vivaldi’s Winter. Tony Levin plays upright bass and cello on 4 tracks.
Tony Levin will be joining the CGT here in Cincinnati on January 31. Levin is one of the highest demand players in the industry and has performed and recorded with John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Lou Reed, Dire Straits, Todd Rundgren, Alice Cooper, Carly Simon, Peter Frampton, Anderson Bruford Wakeman and Howe, Sarah McLachlan, James Taylor, Judy Collins, Buddy Rich and Stevie Nicks to name a few. He also heads his own instrumental progressive rock/jazz fusion group the Liquid Tension Project. Levin met and befriended the California Guitar Trio while working with King Crimson.