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String Along With the California Guitar Trio At the Downtown Library

They’ve been called “the world’s best acoustic band” by Guitar Shop Magazine, and The New York Times praised them by saying that “this group skips merrily among genres.  The trio’s tongue-in-cheek humor becomes full-blown when it bursts into Ventures-style surf music.”

They must be talking about the California Guitar Trio, and where else would three acoustic guitarists whose repertoire bounds from classical to jazz to blues to bushy, bushy blonde surf covers come from but Belgium, Tokyo and Utah?

The California Guitar Trio will be making waves at the Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, on Sunday, March 1 at 2pm.  They will be performing two sets.

“These musicians are unbelievable,” said Metropolitan Library System Director of Outreach Services Dana Morrow.  “They are Paul Richards, Bert Lams and Hideyo Moriya, and they met in England in 1987.  They toured internationally as part of Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists.  When the League had run its course, they formed the Trio in 1991 and they’ve been knocking audiences’ socks off ever since.”

The Trio’s style has been called “a whirlwind” that fuses classical, rock, world music, progressive, “as well as the quintessential California musical genre, surf music.”  That kind of eclecticism combined with virtuosity and a sly sense of humor is the reason their 2008 CD release “Echoes” was voted the number 8 best of the year on the Amazon.com list in the New Age Music category. 

“I'm sure that most people will agree that ‘Echoes’ is not a ‘New Age’ CD,” Paul Richards wrote in his online diary, “but I understand that Amazon is likely to put instrumental acoustic guitar music into that category.”

For more information call 606-3833.  The concert is free and will be presented in the Downtown Library’s 4th floor theater.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.