Although guitar threesomes tend to get squeezed for repertory and identity by the more common duos and quartets, don't pity the Amsterdam Guitar Trio. Composers from the top of every guitar arranger's hit list may have dominated the short program Friday at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall, but the Amsterdamers' exciting communal arrangements sound like nobody else's.
In fact, their arrangements often verge on recomposition. Rich in percussion and timbral effects, including a novel use of muted guitars, their flamboyant adaptations of three Domenico Scarlatti sonatas certainly had energy and postmodern sass in their favor, while overwhelming the clean, lean textures of the originals. This dynamic, occasionally over-the-top approach worked better in a quirky version of Manuel de Falla's "El Amor Brujo," and best of all in a conglomeration of Astor Piazzolla labeled "Porten~as."