California Guitar Trio, "Andromeda"
“Andromeda represents a culmination of all our work together in the past 20 years,” says California Guitar Trio’ Bert Lams. “We have released numerous CDs over the years, but there’s none like this one. ‘Andromeda’ is the first album containing nothing but original material, combined with improvised pieces. The integration of structured, thought-out pieces with the loose and spontaneous improvisations is something we’ve never done before.”
The California Guitar Trio is Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah; Bert Lams of Affligem, Belgium; and Hideyo Moriya of Chiba, Japan. The trio first met in England in 1987 while studying with iconic King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. After touring together as part of Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists, the three guitarists convened in Los Angeles and founded The California Guitar Trio in 1991.
“When we started the band in 1991, it was only a California project, and no one knew how long it would last,” Moriya says. “Yet something good always happened to keep us going when times were tough. It is great to reach 20 years with Andromeda, and we have good energy to keep going.”
The CGT plays a unique style, with guitars weaving an intricate knot work of interlocking parts to form a whole. Richards, Lams, and Moriya can create music which sounds like it is performed on a kind of “super-piano” and at other times unfolds in an ethereal, otherworldly manner.
In space, CGT’s music was played to wake the astronauts aboard the NASA space shuttle “Endeavor.” Here on Earth, the trio’s music has been featured extensively on NPR, NBC’s Olympics coverage, and various CBS, CNN, and ESPN TV programs. “This new LP captures a balance between the pure acoustic sound and the processed electrified sound of the CGT, something we’ve experimented with before, but not to this degree,” Lams says. “With each recording, we have been striving to achieve the best of acoustic analog recording techniques blended with the use of electronic guitar effects and digital processing,” Richards says. “With Andromeda, we have achieved a new level of the acoustic/electric blend. Our original music continues to evolve with years of detailed and refined interaction among trio members.”
Andromeda features guest performances by Tony Levin (King Crimson/Peter Gabriel), Julie Slick, Eric Slick, Tom Griesgraber and Tyler Trotter.
“Dynamics abound, as the musicians render highs and lows with a linear gait that offers a race-against-time vibe. The trio culminates the memorable melody with soaring lines, amid an absorbing and sublime theme that simply caresses the soul.” –All About Jazz
“… the CGT simply does what it does best: create acoustic guitar-based tapestries that deftly weave folk, prog and every other genre the pickers dig into a colorful tapestry of melody and harmony. —Blurt
Full of layers and heart, it’s a captivating release that is diverse enough to dispel any presumption that eleven tracks of guitar instrumentals would get repetitive after awhile. These don’t. —Delusions Of Adequacy
The approach affords both spontaneity and careful consideration, music that is open-ended and also firmly controlled. —Skyscraper
A California Guitar trio performance is like a night at the theater: drama, passion, humor, joy, pathos, it’s all there.” —Acoustic Musician
“This group skips merrily among genres … the trio’s tongue-in-cheek humour becomes full-blown when it bursts into Ventures-style surf music.”—The New York Times
“Concert of the Year!” —Radio Alpha, Buenos Aires