Charles Berthoud is one of the most exciting and versatile new bass players on the world stage. As a soloist, he is now recognized as one of the masters of the two-handed tapping technique, which allows him to accompany himself like a pianist on his bass. He also uses contemporary guitar techniques to play fast, almost flamenco-like passages such as the end of his song, "Luna". Charles uses these techniques to write beautiful and moving compositions which often sound like dramatic film scores, or relaxing piano pieces.
Charles has performed at prestigious venues such as The Palace Theater in Manchester, NH, and Agganis Arena in Boston, MA. Audiences are always moved by his music, and blown away by his world-class virtuosity. Charles has conducted clinics and workshops at notable institutions such as Berklee College of Music and New Hampshire Bass Fest. He has also published an instructional book, "Two-Handed Tapping", with Berklee professor, Jim Stinnett, and has won awards such as 1st place at the New Hampshire Bass Solo Competition. Bass Player Magazine described Charles as "making phenomenal use of multiple techniques", while WGBH's Brian O'Donovan referred to him as "a rare talent with specialist, virtuosic skills on the electric bass". His music can be found online on YouTube, and his new CD, "Don't Look Back", is available on iTunes.
Charles also plays in groups such as "The Ricktones" (Bluegrass fusion), and "Rising Lions" (a duo with Grant Stinnett). Both of these groups display musical excellence and play regularly in the New England area. They have given Charles the opportunity to share the stage or open for well-known acts across a variety of genres, including Alison Brown, The Punch Brothers, Goo Goo Dolls and Plain White T's. Charles is also a successful studio bassist who records for artists remotely from his home, in all genres.