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JAHC concert series continues with guitar trios

Posted: January 23, 2014 - 12:04am
California Guitar Trios & Montreal Guitar Trios will perform Monday Jan. 27 at the TMHS auditorium.  Photo by Pierre Larue
Photo by Pierre Larue
California Guitar Trios & Montreal Guitar Trios will perform Monday Jan. 27 at the TMHS auditorium.

Six acoustic guitarists from two trios -- the California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio -- will join musical forces in a “six-by-6-string” performance Monday evening at the TMHS auditorium, part of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s concert series.

The two trios will perform original compositions and new arrangements of familiar songs, such “While my guitar gently weeps” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” as well as tangos, surf music and gunfighter ballads.

The steel-stringed California Guitar Trio is comprised of members Bert Lams of Belgium, Hideyo Moriya of Japan, and Paul Richards of Utah. The men first met in 1987, while participating in Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft courses, and formed their own group in 1991. They play music in variety of genres from all over the world and have released 15 records, most recently “Masterworks,” featuring classical works by composers including Bach, Beethoven, Shubert and Vivaldi.

The nylon-stringed Montreal Guitar Trio features guitarists Glenn Lévesque, Marc Morin and Sébastien Dufour. Like the CGT, they are known for their diverse selection of genres and styles.

Their most recent release, “Cambria,” features six original tracks and three covers, including ”While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by George Harrison and “The Mexican” by Babe Ruth. The trio has toured all over the world and won the 2011 Opus Prize for concert of the year in the Jazz/World Music category.

Together the two trios represent four countries: Japan, Canada, Belgium, and the US, and bring a combined 40 years of performing experience into one group. They first got together in 2010 during an impromptu studio session in Montreal and have since released a live recording and performed in different configurations throughout North America.

Tickets are available at the JACC, Hearthside Books, and online at www.jahc.org.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at TMHS auditorium and is sponsored by GCI, with support from WESTAF.

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