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 in the West Coast debut of by with the . Also in 2019, he performed on the same bill as the Los Angeles Quartet and in a benefit concert to help victims of the . Additionally in 2019, Berto performed selections of Suite Avalon by Jose Luis de la Paz with the directed by with orchestral arrangements by. In 2018 he was a featured soloist with the with his virtuosic interpretation of the .
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In 2017, he released the debut album “” with his group which was nominated for “Best World/Global Fusion Album of 2017” by . Additionally in 2017, he performed in the finale concert of Classical works by and Boccherini with a string quartet. In 2015, he was commissioned to transcribe the monumental guitar score for by , which he performed during its’ debut at the Miami Dade Auditorium.
Other performance credits highlights include: Opening for the at with Flamenco Pacifico in 2015 as well as performances at the and 2015 and 2016, SOU Recital Hall and Pistol River Concert Series, “Flamenco Guitar – Past * Present * and Future” with 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 in Hollywood, CA 2006, and Musical Director for “Arte y Pasion” with award winning Flamenco dancer 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.