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. Currently he is the Artistic Director of the Corvallis Guitar Society, Musical Director of Flamenco Pacifico, and the owner of the international guitar instruction series, Flamenco Guitar Class.
Berto got his start teaching at Mc'Cabes Music and Heck Music Center in Southern California in the mid 90's. He has taught group classes for Parks & Recreation of Santa Paula and Santa Barbara and has taught workshops in Miami and Seattle while in artist residency. Besides guitar instruction, he has mentored many young musicians who were getting their start in the music industry from the USC Thornton School of Music, Berkelee College of Music, and Cal State Northridge.
Berto specializes in teaching traditional and modern Flamenco, Classical guitar, Brazilian Jazz, Music Theory, Composition and the Art of Transcription. His teaching style is "eye to eye, ear to ear", which is how a student would learn if they went to Spain to study Flamenco. This approach expands a students knowledge by utilizing elements of ear training, muscle memory and applicable music theory. Additionally, Berto puts great emphasis on proper technique and creating practice routines to help students overcome technical obstacles and gain confidence as a musician.
In 1999, Berto traveled to Sanlucar, Spain to study with the famed Flamenco guitarist/composer/recording artist Gerardo Nuñez. In 2003, Berto met his life-long 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 performed in master classes with Grammy award winner David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, Gerardo Nunez, Manuel Barrueco, Juan Manuel Cañizares, Paco Jarana (musical director for Eva La Yerbabuena), Gaspar Rodriguez (musical director for the National Ballet of Spain), and Rafael Montilla (guitarist with the company of Paco Peña). 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.
Berto Boyd is recognized as one of the top professionals in the music industry. As a former music broker/owner of BertoFlamenco Productions in Santa Barbara, CA, he regularly employed over 35 of SoCal’s finest Classical, Jazz and Flamenco musicians for 100's high-end private events, corporate events, and for many well-known celebrities.
Berto’s debut album "Esmeralda" was released in 2003 featuring all original Flamenco compositions. In 2017, he released the debut album "Convivencia" with his group Flamenco Pacifico. 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 Gypsy Kings at Britt Fest with Flamenco Pacifico in 2015 as well as annual appearances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Oregon Country Fair, "Flamenco Guitar – Past * Present * and Future" with Ben Woods at the Jewelbox Theater in Seattle, WA 2014, "An Evening of Guitar" with Berto Flamenco y Ritmo Gitano at PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria, CA 2008, 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.
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