The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for the California Guitar Trio (CGT). Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio’s questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure.
Composed of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya, and Paul Richards, the group has established a unique, personal connection with audiences. In addition to dazzling musicianship and interplay, CGT shows are full of captivating stories and humor that enable concertgoers to feel like they are 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.
CGT’s fifteen albums, streamed over 59 million times on Pandora, offer diverse snapshots of the group’s mercurial muse. The trio’s most recent release, Komorebi, showcases its acoustic side, with beautiful lush originals and innovative cover arrangements of Beatles, Beach Boys, and more. Other achievements include Masterworks, an album of classical works with expansive takes on Bach, Beethoven, Arvo Pärt, and Schubert; 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.
Winning, energetic and highly accessible
—Los Angeles Times
The CGT simply does what it does best: create acoustic guitar-based [music] that deftly weaves folk, prog and every other genre the pickers dig into a colorful tapestry of melody and harmony.