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California Guitar Trio

Origin: Belgium / United States / Japan

Main instrument: Acoustic guitar/electric guitar

Genres: Classical Music, Jazz, Pop

Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bert Lams of Brussels, Belgium, and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo, Japan, first met in England at one of Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft courses in 1987. After completing several of these seminars, the three musicians toured with Fripp's League of Crafty Guitarists. After the League had run its course, they convened in Los Angeles and founded The California Guitar Trio in 1991. Since then, the CGT has released a string of studio albums featuring original works and a variety of classics such as Bach's Toccata and Fugue and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Thanks to their stunning virtuosity, their sly sense of humour and their genre-hopping musical offering fusing everything from classical to surf music, the trio has developed an enthusiastic following worldwide. Echoes came out in 2008, followed by Andromeda two years later.


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