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California Guitar Trio

California Guitar Trio

Paul Richards

Bert Lams

Hideyo Moriya









Paul Richards - UT USA

Bert Lams - PA USA

Hideyo - Tokyo Japan

Website: https://www.cgtrio.com/



With a whirlwind of instrumental styles fusing classical, rock, blues, jazz, world music, progressive, as well

as the quintessential California musical genre surf music, the California Guitar Trio's stunning virtuosity

and sly sense of humor have earned them an enthusiastic following and wide notoriety, with significant

crossover in the progressive, acoustic and classical music scenes.


While growing up in Utah, Paul Richards was greatly influenced by the musical interests of his older

brothers. His early interest in rock and blues quickly broadened to include jazz, classical, progressive,

acoustic, world music and more. At age 21, he traveled to England to attend the extended Robert Fripp

Guitar Craft courses where he soon met Bert Lams and Hideyo Moriya. After several years of living in

England, Los Angeles, and Argentina, Paul now resides in Salt Lake City.


Born and raised near Brussels, Belgium, Bert Lams is a graduate of the prestigious Royal Conservatory of

Music in Brussels. Originally a rock guitarist, he has extensively studied and taught classical guitar -- and

possesses a particular affinity for J.S. Bach and music influenced by the American Old West. Over the past

16 years, Lams has resided mainly in Los Angeles, and also spent several years in Wiltshire England and

Santa Fe New Mexico, and has recently relocated to Pennsylvania.


A native of Tokyo, Japan, Hideyo Moriya began playing guitar at age 12 by emulating the Ventures'

1960s-vintage surf guitar style, and his favorite English rock bands. He came to America in 1982 to study

at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and by the mid-1980s had enlisted in Robert Fripp's Guitar

Craft courses. When not touring the world with the CGT, Moriya resides in his Tokyo hometown.

CGT Concert Nov. 2011
CGT Concert Nov. 2011