California Guitar Trio to perform in Homer

The following is a republished press release…to submit a community announcement, email Peter Blanchard at [email protected].

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HOMER, N.Y. – If you are up for a variety of vintage rock, tender instrumentals, a Morricone movie theme, some Dave Brubeck, even a bit of Beethoven -- all from three guitars, you won’t want to miss the performance of the California Guitar Trio, Saturday November 7th at the Center for the Arts of Homer (doors open at 7 p.m.).

Tickets are available at or via phone 607-749-4900. Adults: $28; Seniors: $23; Students (18+): $15; 18 and under: Free.

The California Guitar Trio’s unrelenting passion for following the muse has served it well. The acoustic group’s fearless, multi-genre explorations have driven 14 albums and nearly 1,500 gigs across its 21-year career. It has also proven that a zero-compromise musical approach can yield an ever-expanding audience. Comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya, and Paul Richards, the group crisscrosses the universes of rock, classical, jazz, and world music in its performances and recordings.

The trio met while participating in Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft courses in 1987. They first toured together as part of Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists, an orchestra of acoustic players that served as exponents of the King Crimson founder’s teachings, compositions, and performance approach. In 1991, they founded the California Guitar Trio, which initially gained notoriety opening for the likes of King Crimson, John McLaughlin, and David Sylvian. They have fans in high places too: the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour used their pieces as wake-up music.

Recent years have found the group working with the Montreal Guitar Trio. The acts perform both independently and in a dazzling six-guitar format during gigs. They play arrangements of each other’s material, as well as innovative takes on rock standards.

The collaboration has also yielded the concert recording +Live [CGT 2011]. Their performance may bounce between classical and rock, for the California Guitar Trio celebrates more than 20 years of playing together. The musicians move between musical genres without missing a beat, stringing together different styles of music both from song to song and within the same tune like master artisans creating an intricate beaded necklace. Their innate ability to shift musical genres without hesitation and talent at adapting pieces to guitar is amazing, as seen in their adaptations of Bach's "Prelude" and "Toccata and Fugue." They also have no trouble recreating a full-band sound as well, as heard in their versions of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the Ventures classic "Walk, Don't Run," which took on a new life while staying true to the original tunes.

The best part of the California Guitar Trio live experience is simply watching it perform. The quality of musicianship and technical skill present in this group is simply astonishing.

Before the concert, the Dashers Preshow at the Center features Cortland native, Greg Podaliak.

The California Guitar Trio is sponsored by Geologic (Homer, NY) and our season sponsors: CoffeeMania, Cortland Voice, The Cortland Beer Company, Edward Jones Financial Advisor Jim Hopkins, WXHC 101.5 FM, The Cayuga Radio Group, and Linani’s Catering/The Sherman House Restaurant.

The Center for the Arts in Homer, located at 72 South Main Street in the village, at the corner of Routes 11 and 90, just off exit 12 of I-81, provides the region and community with a broad spectrum of cultural and artistic activities that provide education, enlightenment, and entertainment. While performance is premium at the Center for the Arts, the Center is an accessible facility for year-round classes, workshops, exhibits, summer camps, and conferences devoted to the visual and performing arts.

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