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Berto Boyd began his musical training on the piano at age 5 and has been  playing guitar for over 30 years. A rigorous musician and a careful  researcher, Berto has studied in Spain and performed throughout the  United States with some of the world’s finest Flamenco, Classical and  Jazz artists. Born into a family of artists, which includes famed lead  singer, Brandon Boyd of the multi-platinum band Incubus,  he is one of the rare and few Americans who has dedicated his musical  dreams to mastering the art of the Spanish guitar and composing original  Flamenco music.

He currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he is musical director for Flamenco Pacifico, artistic director of the Corvallis Guitar Society and the owner of Berto Boyd Presents LLC. His first original solo publication “12 Flamenco Etudes”  was recently released in February 2018. Berto has artist endorsements  by Hannabach Strings, MiniFlex Mics and The2Mic, and Shelton-Farretta guitars.

Berto’s debut album “Esmeralda” was released in 2003 featuring all original Flamenco compositions. In 2019 he performed with the Grammy-Award winning guitarist William Kanengiser in the West Coast debut of “The Walls” by Sergio Assad with the PSU Guitar Orchestra. Also in 2019, he performed on the same bill as the Los Angeles Quartet (LAGQ) and Adam Del Monte in a benefit concert to help victims of the Paradise Camp Fire. Additionally in 2019, Berto performed selections of Suite Avalon by Jose Luis de la Paz with the Oakland Youth Symphony directed by Omid Zoufonoun with orchestral arrangements by Alex Conde. In 2018 he was a featured soloist with the Salem Philharmonia Orchestra with his virtuosic interpretation of the Concierto en Re Op.99 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

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In 2017, he released the debut album “Convivencia” with his group Flamenco Pacifico which was nominated for “Best World/Global Fusion Album of 2017” by One World Music Awards. Additionally in 2017, he performed in the finale concert of Chintimini Chamber Music Festival  Classical works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Boccherini with a string  quartet. In 2015, he was commissioned to transcribe the monumental  guitar score for Avalon – Suite for Flamenco guitar and Chamber Orchestra by Jose Luis de la Paz,  which he performed during its’ debut at the Miami Dade Auditorium.

 

Other performance credits highlights include: Opening for the Gipsy Kings at Britt Fest with Flamenco Pacifico in 2015 as well as performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Oregon Country Fair 2015 and 2016, SOU Recital Hall and Pistol River Concert Series, “Flamenco Guitar – Past * Present * and Future” with Ben Woods  at the Jewelbox Theater in Seattle, WA 2014, Co-Musical Director/Guitarist for “Calle Flamenca” with Bailes  Ferrer in Miami 2006, Musical Director/Guitarist for “Flamenco en  Concierto” and “Tarde Flamenca” at the Fountain Theater in Hollywood, CA 2006, and Musical Director for “Arte y Pasion” with award winning Flamenco dancer Timo Nuñez at the Center Stage Theater Santa Barbara, CA 2004.

Education & Mentors

In 1999, Berto traveled to Sanlucar, Spain to study with the famed Flamenco guitarist/composer/recording artist Gerardo Nuñez. In 2003, Berto met his good friend and mentor – virtuoso guitarist & composer, from Huelva, Spain, Jose Luis de la Paz  (former musical director for the “Ballet of Cristina Hoyos” for 10  years) in Mendocino, CA. In the United States, Berto has attended and participated in master classes with Grammy award winner David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, Gerardo Nunez, Manuel Barrueco, Juan Manuel Cañizares, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, and Antonio Rey. He has also studied music theory and analysis formally at Ventura College with Dr. Burns Taft,  composition with Grammy nominated composer Miguel de Aguila, Robert Lawson, Luis Muñoz, and Adam del Monte. Classical Guitar studies with Carlos Gonzales, Matthew Grief of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Tavi Jinariu, and James Bishop Edwards. Brazilian Jazz studies with Chris Judge (Gille Apap & The Transylvanian Mountain Boys), and Jazz Guitar with John Payne. Currently, Berto is studying Flamenco and composition with Spanish maestro Pepe Justicia.

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