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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Great Guitars

Ross Boissoneau - March 26th, 2012  

California Guitar Trio headlines six-string extravaganzas

Fiery fretwork will be all the rage in Benzie County this week, with two concerts featuring seven guitarists.

First up is the California Guitar Trio, the acclaimed virtuoso group that encompasses surf rock, classical, new age, folk and progressive rock elements. The CGT will be performing at Crystal Mountain’s Conference Center, Tuesday.

Opening the show will be the Younce Guitar Duo, the father and son duo profiled in the Express Jan. 30.

Then, less than a week later, the Mills Community House will host Daniel Quinn and Colin Williamson. The two will perform a show featuring music by Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart and newer compositions as well.

CGT: A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN

Belgian-born Bert Lams, Paul Richards of Salt Lake City and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo first met while studying with King Crimson impresario Robert Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists in the late ’80s/ early ’90s. “The three of us felt we had something,” said Lams.

“He (Fripp) asked me to work with a group of select players.” Those players turned out to be his new bandmates. Since its inception 20 years ago, the CGT has become an important voice for instrumental guitar works.

But if that sounds dry or didactic, be assured, a performance is anything but.

The show may include music by the quintessential surf-rock instrumental groups The Ventures (“Walk Don’t Run”) and the Chantays (“Pipeline”), Bach fugues, movie themes (“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”), prog rock by Pink Floyd and Mike Oldfield, even a take on Lynrd Skynrd’s magnum opus “Free Bird.”

It’s all in a night’s work for these guys. “Our performances are very different from our recordings,” said Lams. “After our first two or three recordings we were doing project-related (discs). In performance, we mix up a lot of things.”

On disc, the trio has recorded for Fripp’s Discipline Mobile Global label and the prog labels Inside Out and Inner Knot. Lams also recorded a solo disc of Bach preludes. But fans needn’t worry that side activities such as that will take him away from the trio.

“I love doing different things,” Lams said. “Then I come back to the trio. I love coming back with a fresh perspective.”

ON THE CLASSICAL SIDE

The acoustic fireworks continue Saturday, March 31, when Daniel Quinn and Colin Williamson perform an afternoon show at the Mills Community House. The concert will feature the “African Strings” by composer Jack Body. The New Zealand composer based the composition on music performed on the African kora (a hybrid harp/lute, often used in West African music) and valiha (a tubular zither from Madagascar made from bamboo).

The piece uses the two guitars to mimic the music of those instruments.

Also on the program is Paul Dresher’s “Where We Are Now.” This minimalist work, written in 1977, brings together all the elements of the then-new compositional style emerging in California in the 1970s.

Other works on the program are the famous “Rondo alla Turca” by Mozart, and the Spanish Dance no. 2 “Oriental,” by Granados. Solo works will also be featured, including compositions by Sor, Scarlatti, Bach, Ifukube and others.

Quinn maintains an active performing and teaching career. Over the past 20 years, he has performed as a soloist in many recitals around the United States, Canada, and Japan. He is currently an instructor of guitar and director of the guitar ensemble at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A frequent visitor to the area, where his parents reside, Quinn has performed in Leelanau and Benzie Counties numerous times previously. This is his first time he will perform locally in a duo.

Williamson performed regularly as both a soloist and an ensemble member in the Dayton, Ohio area for several years, where he also taught. In 2011, he graduated from the music technology program at the University of St. Francis, where he helped to start the university’s guitar ensemble. In addition to performing with Quinn, he teaches lessons from his home and is also an active performer of electric and bass guitar in several bands.

The California Guitar Trio with special guest the Younce Guitar Duo will perform at the Northwest Territories Room at Crystal Mountain Resort Tuesday, March 27. Advance tickets are $15, $20 at the door if available. Doors open at 6:30, show begins at 7:30.

Tickets for the Quinn/Williamson duo at the Mills Community House will be on sale at the door beginning at 2 p.m. the day of the show. They are $10 for adult and $5 for students, seniors and children under 12.

 
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