Cimarrón performs joropo music from the Plains of the Orinoco River with a global and contemporary sound. Their powerful scenic force achieves a unique blend of its Andalusian, Indigenous American and African roots, with an impetuous and deep ethnic singing, amazing stomp dance and fierce instrumental virtuosity of strings and percussions. Their music includes guitar like cuatro and bandola, harp, maracas, and also Peruvian-flamenco cajón, Brazilian surdo, Afro-colombian tambora, a foot-stomping dance as a percussion component and tribal indigenous whistles never seen before out of Latin America.
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. His music can be found online on YouTube, and his CD, "The New Age of Solo Bass", is available on iTunes.
Charles also plays in groups such as "Cat and the Moon" (Celtic/Bluegrass), and "Song and Stone" (a duo with Grant Stinnett). Both of these groups display musical excellence and play regularly in the New England area. Charles is also a successful studio bassist who records for artists remotely from his home, in all genres.