biography

Roberto Granados is a guitarist and composer from Hayward, California. First inspired by the music of Jimi Hendrix, Roberto began studying guitar at the age of six with Hungarian classical guitarist Gyorgy Vass. He has since studied privately with flamenco guitarist-composer Jason McGuire and classical guitarist-composer Sérgio Assad.

 

Roberto holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Music from California State University East Bay, where he studied with Marc Teicholz, and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. Roberto has performed widely in numerous venues in collaboration with various ensembles and artists, including the San Francisco Guitar Quartet, the California Symphony, the Santa Cruz Symphony, Jon Anderson of British progressive rock band Yes, and ukulele soloist Jake Shimabukuro.

In 2009, at ten years old, Roberto was invited to perform for and meet President Barack Obama at a fundraiser for the DNC’s “Organizing for America” campaign. That same year, he was invited to represent NPR’s From the Top’s PBS series From the Top at Carnegie Hall, at the 36th Annual Emmy Awards.

Other notable performances include NPR’s “From the Top,” Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; Linfield College; Walnut Creek Lesher Center for the Arts; San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Yoshi’s San Francisco; San Francisco de Young Museum;  Santa Cruz Kuumbwa Jazz Center; Brava Theater; Guitar Solo & Ensemble Festival; New World Flamenco Festival; Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation - Stars to the Rescue; La Peña Cultural Center; Ashkenaz Berkeley;  West Coast Blues Hall of Fame & Awards Show; Canciones 2 - Caminos Flamencos;  Ukulele Jams Festival;  EG5 Conference; TEDxRedmond and TEDxSanJose; and Google Zeitgeist ‘13.

Roberto composes music varying from solo and ensemble works to electronics and performance art-inspired pieces, and often experimenting with elements of noise, improvisation, indeterminacy and altered tuning systems. He has premiered and composed new works for guitar and other instruments in collaboration with the Bay Area Composers Group collective, including several concerts at the Center for New Music in San Francisco and an online livestream premiere series.

 

Roberto has also performed extensively as a flamenco guitarist, and has released an album of flamenco music, Soñador (2018). He writes music for a solo multi-instrumental progressive metal project under the alias of The Halcyon Effect, and works in audio production and visual art in his free time.

© 2020 by Roberto Granados