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California and Montreal Guitar Trios


California and Montreal Guitar Trios

Guitar trios bridge diverse genres of music at JCCC 

The California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar TrioOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio will show off their acoustical talents at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College.

Tickets, which are $32 and $22, are available through the JCCC Box Office at 913-469-4445 or at

The six expert guitarists will fuse more than 40 years of combined experience into one unique performance. The California trio's steel-stringed guitars will blend with the Montreal trio's nylon-stringed guitars as the six perform arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.

The ensembles started playing together after an impromptu studio session together in Montreal in 2009. Since then, they have toured together throughout North America. In 2011, they released a live recording called Live Montréal Guitare Trio + California Guitar Trio.

The California Guitar Trio features Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bert Lams of Belgium and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo. The three met during a guitar course and began performing together in 1991. Their influences include European classical music, rock, blues, jazz, world music and surf music. The trio has released 14 albums; its latest recording is called Masterworks.

The Montreal Guitar Trio has been described as "the hottest guitar ensemble in Canada" by the CBC. The members – Sebastien Dufour, Marc Morin and Glenn Levesque – are noted for their wit and the warmth of their interactions with the audience.

The trio won the 2011 Opus Prize for concert of the year in the jazz/world music category. The ensemble has performed hundreds of concerts in prestigious venues n North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

Their most recent CD, Cambria, is the trio's most personal work yet. It contains original tracks and three covers – including the legendary, While my guitar gently weeps by George Harrison and The Mexican by Babe Ruth. The CD reflects many of the influences that have marked the trio over the years.