“Multi-talented and visionary, Soulsha is more than a fresh breeze blowing; it’s a tsunami of hope and high energy intercultural awareness washing onto our shores just when we need it. DANCE and ACT now!”
–Alasdair Fraser, Scottish Fiddler
"…this is purely infectious stuff… It’s fresh, bold and exciting, and defies you to listen without moving and grooving to the beat; you might need to advise nearby friends, co-workers or fellow commuters in advance."
-- Sean Smith, Boston Irish Reporter
Soulsha brings together some of the Boston area’s top musicians from backgrounds in Scottish, West African, and Funk music, for an unparalleled sound that’s simultaneously a party, a revolution, and an adventure through different traditions.
The band came together through chance meetings and connections in the thriving multi-cultural music scene of Boston. Though each of the members is deeply rooted in their respective traditions and they enjoy successful careers in those realms, they share a love of musical exploration, fusion, and breaking down the boundaries.
“Being able to come from such different angles and put that experiment in front of an audience is really thrilling,” says founding member Elias Alexander (vocals, bagpipes). “Every show we get to watch people’s habitual associations vanish, until nothing is left but the pure joy of the music. No more separation.”
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.