California and Montreal Guitar Trios at Stephens Auditorium April 18

The California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio feature six astonishing guitar virtuosos representing four different countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium, and US). Together, they fuse more than 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-six-string ensemble. They will explore compelling new arrangements of classical, jazz, progressive rock and world music as well as intricate original compositions. In a pleasantly surprising way, California Guitar Trio’s steel-stringed guitars blend naturally with Montreal Guitar Trio?s nylon-stringed guitars in a night that promises eclectic, energetic music.

Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Bert Lams of Belgium and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo founded the California Guitar Trio in 1991. Their music has been featured during past Olympic Games, on CBS and ESPN programs and as part of the Grammy-nominated track “Apollo” on Tony Levin’s CD, Pieces of the Sun.

The Montreal Guitar Trio, comprised of Sbastien Dufour, Marc Morin and Glenn Lvesque, has been described as “the hottest guitar ensemble in Canada.” They won the 2011 Opus Prize for concert of the year in the Jazz / World Music category and have given hundreds of concerts in prestigious venues around the globe.

Inspired in 2010 by an impromptu combined studio session in Montreal, the California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio released a live recording in 2011. They have played at arts conferences and frequently co-bill at top music spots like the Iridium in New York City, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Napa Valley Opera House.

California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Stephens Auditorium in Ames. Tickets are $29 for subscribers; $33 for non-subscribers; $25 for Youth 18 & under; $25 ISU Students. Tickets can be purchased at the ISU ticket office, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at .

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Celebrity Caf Preview:

Join David Crabbs, owner of the Ankeny Guitar Studio and Adjunct Music Instructor at Drake University, at 7 p.m. in the Celebrity Caf on the ground floor, north entrance to Stephens for a short presentation of insights about the trios’ music. The preview is free and open to all ticket holders.