Renzo Staiano is a music performer, producer, educator, and composer. At the age of 17, he won first prize in a local guitar competition. The inspiration born of that initial success led Renzo to pursue a BM at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and later, an M.A. in Latin American ethnomusicology at UCSC. Renzo performs professionally on 6 string, 8 string, and Latin American guitars such as the Cuban Tres. He has a profound knowledge of pop, jazz, blues, funk, classical, and numerous Latin American musical genres; his music studies have taken him to Los Angeles, Boston, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and Cuba. As a performer, Renzo's career has taken him all over the world - from New York, New York to Djibouti, Djibouti - appearing as a guitar soloist, with large orchestras, and every type of ensemble in between. He has performed with members of Funkadelic, The Dodos, Peru Negro, Dethklok Metalocalypse, Savoy Brown, The Doobie Brothers, Michael Franti, Spearhead, Santana, The Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra and many more. As an educator Renzo has taught guitar performance, music theory, and music history, privately, and as a lecturer at University of California at Santa Cruz. Lately, he has been writing and performing with the S.F. indie pop band Le VICE. He recently worked as a consultant with composer Bear McCreary on an episode of the television show Da Vinci’s Demons, composed and recorded the original soundtracks for the Award winning documentary North Pond, and the soon to be released video game Shatterpulse. Renzo has licensed his original music to a number of international companies such as Urthecast, Jansport, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Dignity Health. He is also the creator of the educational YouTube channel Now YOU Shred. Renzo currently lives in Oakland, California.
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