The California Guitar Trio

>>Wow, it got quieter
all of a sudden.>>Whoo!
>>All right– hey, it’s good to
see you all tonight. Thank you for bearing with
our facility, such as it is, even though it’s gonna
be a great concert. And we know some of you are
willing to sit without a chair and I really
appreciate that. I think it’s gonna be
well worth it, though. I wanted to ask you, though,
before we start, if you could– if you have a cell phone,
something like that, if you would please
turn that off. And that’s particularly
important tonight because the California Guitar
Trio is recording this concert. And they will be selling CDs
of the concert after the show. Selling the CD and
autographing them for you. So if anybody
would like one, it’s gonna be kind of
a unique opportunity to get a recording
of this concert. Just one more quick
thing to tell you, that the parking passes–
if you didn’t get one– they will be for sale
after the concert, as well. And also, please
sign our mailing list because I’d love to
be able to tell you about all the great concerts
we have coming up. Again, it’s really wonderful
to see you all here tonight. The California Guitar Trio
has been touring extensively around the United States
and in Michigan right now. And we’re very fortunate
to have them here tonight. Without further ado, the
California Guitar Trio. (cheering, applause) (applause) (“Yamanashi Blues”) (lively guitar music) (guitar music) (applause) (“Walk Don’t Run”) (lively guitar music) (applause)>>Thank you. Thank you–
good evening. Welcome to the show. Good to be here
in Grand Rapids. I’d like to introduce
the guys in the band. Before I do, though, I’d
like to ask– how many of you have seen the California
Guitar Trio sometime before? All right, a
few of you. And how many are here for
your first CGT experience? Excellent,
all right. So we have, all the way
from Affligem, Belgium, Mr. Bert Lams. (applause) From Chiba, Japan,
Hideyo Moriya. (applause) (audience laughing) That’s going
on his webpage. (audience laughing) And from Salt Lake City, Utah,
my name is Paul Richards. Thank you.
(applause) (applause) So it was 21 years
ago in Los Angeles that we formed the
California Guitar Trio, so welcome to our 21st year
anniversary tour. This next piece of music
is one of the first pieces that we wrote together
in Los Angeles, and I’m happy to announce
that, next month, this piece– an orchestral arrangement of
this piece will be sent out to over 15,000 high schools
across the US and Canada
and Europe. So, high school kids
will be playing this piece all over the world, so we’re
really excited about that. This is named after a
street near where we lived in the Los Angeles area. This is called
“Melrose Avenue,” and the subtitle for the
orchestral arrangement is called
“Danza Arabia.” (“Melrose Avenue”) (lively Middle-Eastern
guitar music) (applause, cheering) (applause) (“Sleepwalk”) (mellow, thoughtful
guitar music) (applause) Thank you. That was, of course,
“Sleepwalk” from Santo & Johnny,
written in the ’50s. And we’d like to play one of
our original tunes for you. A little over a year ago,
we released an album of all original music, and this next piece is
featured on that album. And it was
originally inspired by a traditional Argentinean
folk rhythm called “chacarera.” And a few years ago, when
we were doing some touring in Argentina, we were introduced
to the music of a man named Attual p’Chopunki (?), who was a master of the
Argentinean chacarera. And so, if you
want to hear what the real Argentinean
chacarera is like and you can figure out how to
spell Attual p’Chopunki (?), you can look that up.
(audience laughing) But this is the California
Guitar Trio “Chacarera.” One, two, three, four. (“Chacarera”) (bright, upbeat
guitar music) (cheering, applause) (applause) (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) (cheering, applause) (applause)>>There’s a YouTube video
of us playing that piece– it’s currently one of our
most popular YouTube videos, but there’s always somebody
making a comment below, “Have you seen that guy,
Edgar Cruz?” There’s a guy named Edgar Cruz
that does a solo guitar version of that on nylon
string guitar. And they always say,
“Edgar Cruz does that better!” But little do they know that
Edgar is a friend of ours, and he’s the one that
helped to inspire us to do our version of it.
(applause, laughing) Though, we released an
album just a month ago of all classical
music arrangements. It’s called
“Masterworks,” and it features some
brand new arrangements and a few of our
old favorites– new versions and
reworked versions of a few of our
old favorites. And this next one falls into the
category of the “old favorites.” This was written more
that 200 years ago by our friend
Mr. Johann Sebastian Bach. And one of–
(scattered applause) yes, Bach deserves
a big applause. (laughing) One of the jobs
that Mr. Bach had was to travel around
the German countryside and test the organs
in the church. And he would go
into these churches and pull out all the stops and
make it as loud as possible, and play this crazy music that
nobody had ever heard before, and he’d upset the
people in the church. This is one of the
pieces that he wrote to test the
church organs. And it’s amazing
that this was written just to test the
church organ because it’s become
one of the most famous, most popular classical
musical pieces of all time. This is the “Toccata and Fugue
in D minor.” (“Toccata and Fugue
in D minor”) (classical
guitar music) (applause) (“Prelude Circulation”) (classical
guitar music) (applause) (“Misirlou”) (upbeat surf
guitar music) (applause, whistling) (applause) Few people know that
that piece is actually a traditional
Greek folk song that was made famous by
California surf guitar player Dick Dale. And then, it got even
more famous when it was– his version was used in a
movie called “Pulp Fiction,” and then even
more famous when the California
Guitar Trio played it. (laughing)
(audience laughing, applauding) When we were
in England, studying music
with Robert Fripp, we got to be friends with
Robert Fripp’s gardener. This guy– he was 95 years old
and still working in the garden. And we’d be working hard
all day with Robert on this really intense
technical music, and when we’d
have a day off, we’d go to the pub
with our friend, Les. We’d go up the road to a
place called “Bishopstone,” and a pub called
“The Three Horseshoes.” And it was one of the
oldest pubs in England– about 500-year-old pub. So it was an amazing
experience for me, from Utah, and Bert, from Belgium,
and Hideyo, from Japan, to find ourselves in
this 500-year-old pub with a 95-year-old gardener,
hearing stories about his life and growing up in the
English countryside. He lived in the same house
that he was born in, and he worked in the same
garden his entire life. And this garden was– did
any of you watch that show “Downton Abbey” on
the PBS programs? This garden where he worked
looks like the gardens that they show near the
castle where they film the “Downton Abbey”
series. A real beautiful
English garden. And around the time that we were
writing this piece of music– this next piece
we’re gonna play– our friend Les
passed away. And we were searching
for a title for it. And you know, music
is a funny thing– it– since our music is
entirely instrumental, we’re inspired by different
places, and people, and things, and there’s something about
the melodies in this piece that remind us of our
dear old friend Les, and of the beauty of
the English countryside. So we named this after
the place where he lived– a tiny little
thatched-roof cottage… a place called
“The Marsh.” (“The Marsh”) (haunting melodious
guitar music) (music swelling) (light and inspiring
guitar music) (haunting melodious
guitar music) (applause) (“Echoes”) (eerie ambient
guitar music) (haunting melodious
guitar music) (eerie ambient
guitar music) (ambient
guitar music) (light energized
guitar music) (upbeat energized
guitar music) (haunting melodious
guitar music) (applause, cheering) (applause) Thank you. Thank you
very much. Unless you’ve been to a
California Guitar Trio concert before, my guess is
that you haven’t heard Bach preludes
and fugues and Pink Floyd “Echoes”
on the same program before. (audience chuckling) (applause) We have one more piece
we’d like to play for you, and back when we made the
arrangement of this piece, I thought that we had made
a very clever combination of two seemingly related
pieces of music– one from an
old cowboy song and one from a band
called “The Doors.” And I had the idea to
put these two together because of the little bit
of a similarity in the title between the
two pieces. But I had no– as far as I knew,
they were completely unrelated and couldn’t be
farther apart as far as genre
and style of music. But a few weeks ago,
I read an interview with one of the band
members of The Doors, and he was talking about it–
it was Robby Krieger, and he was talking
about when The Doors were in the studio
back in the ’60s recording this
particular piece. He said that they started out
that particular session by jamming on the
old cowboy song, and somehow it inspired them
to write The Doors piece. So I was so shocked
and surprised, as they really do seem
totally different. And… but to my big surprise,
they are related and one did
inspire the other. And I’m not sure how they
got from one to the other, but, well, we
have our own way. One, two, three… (“Ghost Riders
on the Storm”) (upbeat cowboy Western
guitar music) (mellow
guitar music) (upbeat cowboy Western
guitar music) (applause, cheering) Thank you!
Good night! (applause, cheering) (applause) Would you like to hear
one more before we go? (applause, cheering) Thank you–
wow. This is great. I’d like to thank
all the folks– there’s quite
a crew of people who helped make
this show happen, so please, a big hand
for everybody here at the Music Center
for their help, to help us out today–
thank you. (applause) After the show, we’ll
be sticking around out by the
merch table. We’d be happy
to sign any CDs. We have our “Masterworks” album,
which is just released, and our
“Andromeda” album which came out a
little over a year ago, and a few other
titles, as well, that we can tell you
about after the show. In addition to that, we are
recording the show tonight with this gear
behind me onstage. You noticed Hideyo going
back between each piece and pressing the
“Record” button. He’s creating
track IDs. We have a CD
duplication tower that we make CDs
right after the show, and we’d be glad to make
a CD for you afterwards. So we’ll stick around and
chat with you after the show. This next one is another one
from our “Masterworks” album. And a lot of people know
this from an old TV show, and a lot of kids know this
from a popular video game, but it’s actually
a piece written by an Italian
composer, Rossini. So keep that
in mind. So we really enjoyed playing
for you this evening. This is an unexpected to
have such a great turn-out and such a warm
welcome for us. We’re on about an
eight-week tour right now– in the middle, now. And it’s shows like tonight
that give us the energy to keep going. Thank you so much– we
enjoyed playing for you. (applause, cheering) (applause) (“William Tell Overture”) (upbeat cowboy Western
guitar music) (applause, cheering) (meandering cowboy Western
guitar music, with whistling)>>Happy trails,
everybody. (applause, cheering)