LIVE: The California Guitar Trio @ the Van Dyck, 10/22/16

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The California Guitar Trio
The California Guitar Trio

Review & photographs by Rudy Lu

Not merely a concert, it was also a lesson in pop music history and guitar techniques when the California Guitar Trio returned to the stage of the Van Dyck after a five year absence.

This virtuoso trio of guitarists – Bert Lams, Paul Richards and Hideyo Moriya – met while studying with Robert Fripp (King Crimson) at his legendary Guitar Craft course in 1987, and then toured with his League of Crafty Guitarists. They branched out on their own to form their current band in 1991.

Opening with an instrumental rendition of the Beatles’ “I Dig A Pony” (now there’s a Fab Four song that you don’t hear covered very often), the band proceeded through an incredible array of diverse musical styles and moods at the Van Dyck, all performed as a trio of semi-acoustic guitars.

The music that followed included a Philip Glass-influenced tango that has to be heard to be understood (“Glass Tango”); a Buck Owens country cowboy song (“Buckaroo”); “Spiritual” (Charlie Haden/Pat Metheny); a Bach prelude; and “Wonderful Land,” the 1962 hit by the British guitar instrumental band the Shadows.

It all made for quite an interesting and enjoyable evening of intense listening.

Bert Lams
Bert Lams
Paul Richards
Paul Richards
Hideo Moriya
Hideo Moriya

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