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2 guitar trios join forces on Grass Valley stage

Six virtuoso guitarists from four countries will come to the Grass Valley stage Nov. 21 when the Center for the Arts presents California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio.

Together the, guitarists from Japan, Canada, Belgium and the U.S. fuse more than 40 years of combined performing experience and excellence.

CGT’s steel-stringed guitars blend naturally with MG3’s nylon-stringed guitars, as each of the trio’s fret boards chase the other’s original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.

Inspired in 2009 by an impromptu studio session together in Montreal, CGT and MG3 went on to release a live recording in 2011 and now tour together regularly throughout North America. They have performed at the Iridium in New York City, twice at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Napa Valley Opera House and many more venues in between.

“When we sat down together, playing, it was as if we had been playing together for years,” said Paul Richards of California Guitar Trio. “It was astonishing. The way (MG3) play is so different from us that it was remarkable that it ever blended together — especially with such ease.”

California Guitar Trio is an acoustic group known for exploring multiple genres. To date, the group has 14 albums and has performed nearly 1,500 gigs across their 22-year career. Bert Lams of Belgium, Hideyo Moriya of Japan and Paul Richards of the U.S blend rock, jazz, world music, surf music and classical. CGT’s 2011 album, “Masterworks” is a tribute to classical composers and features songs by Bach, Beethoven, Arvo Pärt, Shubert and Vivaldi.

The trio met while participating in Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft courses in 1987. In 1991, they founded the California Guitar Trio and gained notoriety opening for King Crimson, John McLaughlin and David Sylvian. The crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour used their songs as wake-up music.

For more than 14 years, Montreal Guitar Trio has won praise from around the globe, including the 2011 Opus Prize for concert of the year in the Jazz/World Music category. They have given hundreds of concerts in prestigious venues in North America, Europe, New Zealandand Australia, such as: the BB King Blues Club in New York, the Rundetårnet in Copenhagen and the legendary Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

MG3 is guitarists Glenn Lévesque, Marc Morin and Sébastien Dufour. After four years of touring, the guitarists released their 2011 world music inspired CD, “Cambria.” The recording blends flamenco and Argentine tango with Cuban music, Nordic music with Brazilian samba and progressive rock and even the sounds of the Orient subtly blended with Californian surf guitar and modern pop.

Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 show are $25 for members of the Center for the Arts, $28 for the general public. They are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384, ext. 14, online at http://thecenterforthearts.org, or at BriarPatch Co-op

For information, go to http://thecenterforthearts.org.

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