Guitarist Peter Ciluzzi’s music transports listeners on a journey through virtuosic, evocative compositions that tell a story without words. His acclaimed solo instrumental work has accumulated millions of views on YouTube and more than 6 million plays on Spotify. As a luthier, his performances also showcase some of his own hand-crafted guitars.
Ciluzzi is a recording artist on Candyrat Records, which represents more than thirty musicians from ten countries and features some of the finest guitar-based music from around the world. He has previously toured the U.S. with Candyrat artist showcases, and completed his first solo tour this spring, returning to the Riverwalk Cafe this fall.
With what has been described as a distinctive, timeless sound that is both familiar and unexpected, his music defies easy categorization and reflects a wide range of influences including jazz, classical, rock, bluegrass, and world music. He was a finalist in the 2007 Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition and has performed with guitarists such as Antoine Dufour and Ewan Dobson. His works released on Candyrat records include his debut album “Music Without Words”, and the 2016 follow-up album “Still Without Words”.
The broad nature of his musical interests also extends into guitar design and construction. Having studied guitar making with Charles Fox at The American School of Lutherie in Portland, Oregon, he started Ciluzzi Guitars in a small Provincetown, MA workshop in 2006. As a guitar maker, his work has been displayed at a number of exhibitions including the Montreal Guitar Show.
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.