The California Guitar Trio will perform at Hope College on Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
Known for crisscrossing genres, the California Guitar Trio has been exploring the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, world and spaghetti-western music since 1991.
Richard Winham of Pulse Music has said that the trio will “rarely fail to excite audiences with their dynamic intensity. They give very little credence to showbiz and its conventions because their only concern is the music – about that they are passionate.” Walter Tunis of The Musical Box has said the trio “ran the show with extraordinary technical command that was balanced by a thoroughly unassuming stage demeanor.”
The trio is comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, who are known for including captivating stories and humor in their shows. The three guitarists met when they enrolled in Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft course in 1987. Four years later, they formed the California Guitar Trio in Los Angeles. Their 15 albums, streamed more than 59 million times on Pandora, showcase their wide repertoire. They have fans in high places, too, as NASA used their music to wake the crew aboard the space shuttle “Endeavour.”
The trio’s latest CD was released in 2016 and is titled “Komorebi,” which, in Japanese, roughly translates to “sunlight shining through the leaves of trees.”
The trio previously performed at Hope College in 2012 with the Montreal Guitar Trio.
Tickets for the concert are $10 for the general public, $7 for members of the college’s faculty and staff, $5 for children, free for Hope students, and are available at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets are also available online.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.