RAMI presents California Guitar Trio at Tebala Shrine Center Sept. 24

• RAMI Award winner Olivia Dvorak opens show, which also features craft beer tasting

Staff Report

Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) and Tebala Shrine Center are hosting an evening with the California Guitar Trio (CGT) Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Tebala Shrine Center, 7910 Newburg Road, Rockford. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with show starting at 7:30 p.m.

CGT’s passion for following the muse has served it well. The acoustic group’s fearless, multi-genre explorations have driven 14 albums and nearly 1,500 gigs across its 22-year career. It has also proven that a zero-compromise musical approach can yield an ever-expanding audience. Including Bert Lams of Affligem, Belgium; Hideyo Moriya of Chiba, Japan, and Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah, the group crisscrosses the universes of rock, jazz, world music, surf music, and classical music in its performances and recordings.

CGT’s most recent album, Masterworks, focuses exclusively on the classical side of the house, featuring works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Arvo Pärt, Schubert and Vivaldi. Accompanying the trio on the project are Tony Levin on upright bass and cello, and Fareed Haque on classical guitar.

The trio met while participating in Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft courses in 1987. They first toured together as part of Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists, an orchestra of acoustic players that served as exponents of the King Crimson founder’s teachings, compositions and performance approach. In 1991, they founded the CGT, which initially gained notoriety opening for the likes of King Crimson, John McLaughlin and David Sylvian. They have fans in high places, too: the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour used their pieces as wake-up music.

Recent years have found the group working with the Montreal Guitar Trio. The acts perform both independently and in a dazzling six-guitar format during gigs. They play arrangements of each other’s material, as well as innovative takes on rock standards. The collaboration has also yielded the concert recording +Live.

RAMI award winner Olivia Dvorak will open the Sept. 24 concert. Tickets are $20 per person in advance and can be purchased at the Tebala Shrine Center, Alpine Bank locations and online at ramiawards.com. Night of the event, tickets will be $25 per person.

A craft beer tasting will be hosted by LaMonica Beverages and the Tebala Shrine Center will be selling food during the event.

For more information, contact Dan Eisman at (815) 546-3021 or visit ramiawards.com.

From the Sept. 17-23, 2014, issue

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