ON THE SCENE
Solo, trio acts fill weekend with six-string sounds
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
From a bravura pairing of two guitar trios to a single performer who showcases her musical prowess in a living room atmosphere, it’s a week filled with atypical and compelling performances — especially for guitar aficionados.
On Friday, the California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio team up for a performance at University Auditorium, while singer/songwriter Jane Siberry performs a “living room” concert Sunday in the intimate atmosphere of Casa Ma Holistic Spa and Studios.
California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio
Two years ago, the California Guitar Trio wowwed audiences with two performances marking the group’s 20th anniversary at the Phillips Center’s Squitieri Studio Theatre.
On Friday, the group returns for a concert in University Auditorium that’s also part of UF Performing Arts’ 20th Anniversary Celebration, and this two-for-twofer stand gets another element as well: The group performs with another renowned six-string ensemble, the Montreal Guitar Trio.
Those who attended the California group’s earlier 2011 performance know the group excels with its approach to classical and jazz that includes “circulation,” a technique in which the members each play notes one after the other in a rapid-fire way that sounds like the musical equivalent of “the wave.”
The California group’s pairing with the Montreal Guitar Trio will no doubt ratchet up the “wow” factor in a fire-and-ice way given the latter’s use of nylon strings and a repertoire combining originals that canvas the world for global inspiration with interpretations of such renowned movie themes as “Psycho” and “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”
The two trios first crossed musical paths in 2009 during an unplanned session in a Montreal studio. That led to a live album featuring both groups and a continuing series of performances throughout North America.
So what can you expect on Friday? Separate sets by each group, and then a final, combined set with all six guitarists, which may draw from the 2011 live album the groups recorded together, which features originals and renditions of such rock-and-pop classics as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Walk Don’t Run.”
Friday’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at University Auditorium, 233 Newell Road. Tickets, which range from $25 to $35, are available from Ticketmaster or by calling 392-2787.
Singer/songwriter and guitarist Jane Siberry may be best known for her ethereal duet with k.d. lang, “Calling All Angels,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the Wim Wenders’ film “Until the End of the World” as well as on Siberry’s 1992 compilation album, “Summer in the Yukon.”
Siberry, a Toronto native who learned piano at an early age followed by guitar, has shown a broad range of influences from classical and jazz to pop and beyond in her career, which has produced 14 studio albums and several hit singles in Canada.
On Sunday, Siberry performs in the living room of Casa Ma Holistic Spa and Studios, a three-story, Victorian house at 607 E. University Ave., where the intimate atmosphere will be accentuated with seating on chairs and pillows with tea and wine included.
Advance tickets are available at www.casamastudios.com/events.
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