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California Guitar Trio Comes to Middlebury Nov. 6

October 21, 2015

Eclectic Program Will Range From Bach to Bohemian Rhapsody

CaliGuitarTrio-cred-PaoloAizza.jpgMiddlebury, VT—The acclaimed California Guitar Trio—made up of Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah; Bert Lams of Affligem, Belgium; and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo, Japan—will electrify the Robison Hall stage on November 6 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Known worldwide for their technical wizardry, breathtaking intensity, and extensively diverse repertoire, this trio will perform an innovative evening of classical and contemporary works ranging from unique originals to dazzling, cleverly arranged interpretations of jazz, classical, rock, and world music. Their Middlebury program will include everything from arrangements of Bach fugues to an inventive rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

CaliGuitarTrio-cred-Joe_del_Tufo-MedSizeFile.jpgSince 1991, the California Guitar Trio has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. In addition to exciting musicianship and interplay, the California Guitar Trio’s shows are full of captivating stories and humor that enable concertgoers to feel like they’re part of the music, not just spectators. In fact, the group’s goal is to transcend their instruments, so people focus on the music first, and its considerable technical prowess a distant second.

The trio’s output has made a major global impact, having served as the soundtrack for Olympics coverage, and programs on CNN, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. They have fans in high places, too: NASA used their music to wake the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

CaliGuitarTrio-cred-IngridPape-Sheldon.jpgThe California Guitar Trio’s 14 albums, streamed over 47 million times on Pandora, offer diverse snapshots of the group’s mercurial muse. The trio’s most recent release, Masterworks, showcases its classical side, with expansive takes on Bach, Beethoven, Arvo Pärt, and Schubert. Other highlights include Andromeda, which combines their many influences into a visionary album of original material; CG3+2, an exploration of kinetic rock territory in collaboration with bassist Tony Levin and drummer Pat Mastelotto; and Echoes, which reimagines timeless material by artists such as Mike Oldfield, Penguin Café Orchestra, Pink Floyd, and Queen.

The trio first met in 1987, when enrolled in progressive rock mainstay Robert Fripp’s challenging Guitar Craft courses. They went on to tour together as part of Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists before forming the California Guitar Trio in Los Angeles four years later. Two decades and more than 1,500 gigs later, the trio continues to  explore, evolve, and communicate a wide-ranging musical worldview.

In addition to their concert, the trio will give a public workshop before the concert, from 5:00–6:00 P.M. Interested guitarists of all ages/levels and observers are welcome.

The concert by the California Guitar Trio will take place on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:00 P.M. in Robison Hall (Concert Hall) at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. The 5:00 P.M. workshop will also be held in Robison Hall. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Rt. 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to



Photo credits:

(top center) California Guitar Trio, Paolo Aizza

(second from top, left) California Guitar Trio, photo Joe Del Tufo

(bottom right) California Guitar Trio, photo Ingrid Pape-Sheldon

Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
South Main St./Route 30 South
72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753
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