Date(s) - Fri. Apr. 14, 2017
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
British bassist, Charles Berthoud (pronounced BEAR-too), is changing the way we think about the bass guitar. Already being recognized as one of the masters of the two-handed tapping technique, he plays the bass like a piano, accompanying himself with multiple parts. A classically trained pianist and multi-instrumentalist, Charles uses contemporary guitar techniques to play astonishingly fast, almost flamenco-like passages. Words don’t do it justice, as it truly needs to be seen to believe.
In 2011, Charles was working as a baggage handler at an airport near his suburban London home, attending university as a physics major by day and dreaming of coming to America to make music by night. Soon thereafter, he was accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and off he went to study with the best musicians in the world. There, Charles was introduced to the two-handed tapping technique that would come to define much of his music. He even co-authored an instructional book, Two-Handed Tapping, before graduating with highest honors.
After touring and recording as a sideman on a dozen records and tours, Charles has performed at prestigious venues in all four corners of the United States. Whether on bass guitar, piccolo bass or piano, audiences are captivated by his music, and amazed by his world-class virtuosity. Now, he has two extraordinary solo albums under his belt, reminding listeners that there are still new frontiers to be explored in popular music. If Charles Berthoud is the one to chart this new territory, then music lovers are in good hands.