California Guitar Trio
w/ Michael DeLalla

California Guitar Trio

California Guitar Trio
Swallow Hill Music - Daniels HallDenverCO
All Ages
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:00pm. All sales are final.

California Guitar Trio

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The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. 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.

Comprised 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, The California Guitar Trio’s (CGT) shows are full of captivating stories and humor that enable concertgoers to feel like they’re 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 16 albums, streamed over 65 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 highlights 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.

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.

The trio’s output has made a major global impact, having served as the soundtrack for Olympics coverage, and programs on CNN, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. They have fans in high places too: NASA used their music to wake the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

CGT’s lineup is truly the sum of its distinct parts: A Utah native now residing in Los Angeles, Paul Richards immersed himself in rock, blues, jazz, and folk during his early days and while attending The University of Utah’s jazz guitar program. Bert Lams, originally from Belgium, graduated from the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, specializing in classical guitar. Tokyo-born Hideyo Moriya began his guitar journey with surf music and British rock, before relocating to Boston to study at Berklee.

All three felt the call to push themselves to the limit by enrolling in Robert Fripp’s challenging Guitar Craft courses, where they first met in 1987. They went on to tour together as part of Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists, before forming the California Guitar Trio in Los Angeles four years later.

Recently, the trio expanded its collaborative possibilities by working within a six-guitar format with the Montreal Guitar Trio. During these groundbreaking, highly-entertaining shows, the acts perform inventive arrangements of each other’s repertoire, and new music for guitar sextet.

27 years and 1,800+ gigs later, the CGT remains intensely committed to explore, evolve and communicate a wide-ranging musical worldview.

Michael DeLalla

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“One of the very best acoustic guitarists in the of the most exquisite order.” -Matt Fink, All Music Guide

For more than 30 years guitarist/composer Michael DeLalla has been serving up a delicious brew of his solo guitar compositions and arrangements drawn on musical traditions gathered worldwide, steeped with his classical training and seasoned with his jazz, and folk influences. His fluency on classical, 12-string, and steel-string acoustic guitar showcases gifted improvisation and dazzling technical facility that never sacrifices the richness and poignancy of his compositions. He celebrates his diverse musical habitats in a variety of settings, from a capella kan e diskan in Breton Gaelic, to evocations of Japanese koto music and the North African o’ud, to tweaking the nose of the classical music world with his raucous "Piece for Steel Drum (If I Played Steel Drum)" to his double homage to Benjamin Britten and Thelonious Monk (“Nocturnal Scenes ‘Round About Midnight”).

Michael has also earned acclaim for his scores composed for film, video and dance (“…a haunting score by Michael DeLalla…Paul Winter-like…” Julie van Camp/The Washington Times), including the short film for James Anderson’s novel “Lullaby Road”, a documentary examining the AIDs epidemic among children in Western Africa, produced and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, and a Rich Lukon film examining how death and dying is dealt with across different cultures and faith traditions.

In addition to his composition and performance accolades, Michael has over 100 credits as a producer, with projects ranging from solo instrumentalists to world music ensembles, from a Tibetan Singing Bowl master to an award winning hammered dulcimist. His own discography includes recordings of solo guitar compositions, his work with the seminal world chamber ensemble Oxymora (“…airy, honest music…”Nathan” and “Ayre for a Dancer” are pleasant aural daydreams…” Downbeat) his Celtic trio The Unfortunate Rakes, and a Christmas/Winter Solstice/Winter Holiday recording drawing on traditions from around the globe. He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 recordings.

Michael also conducts workshops around the country based on his book The Mindful Guitarist (2015). Through these highly interactive workshops he explores his principles on the Creative Process through a range of topics, for both guitarists (“Expanding Your Tonal Palette”) and non-guitarists (“The Creative Process: at Home, Work and Play”) where he guides participants through artistic principles we can employ to create a cohesion and connectedness in all our daily endeavors.

“… a sublime and uniquely crafted sonic landscape…DeLalla creates a sonic vibrancy on this CD that is rich, remarkable and revelatory.” -Minor, about his compositions on his recording This Is How I Disappear

Venue Information:
Swallow Hill Music - Daniels Hall
71 East Yale Ave
Denver, CO, 80210