Greg Byers, cellist and bassist, is one of the most respected up and coming artists in the music scene today. Despite his youthful appearance, he has already performed in 10 countries to crowds of over 15,000 people. To his credit, he has shared the stage with iconoclastic musicians such as Dr. John, Barry Harris, Fred Wesley, Will Lee, Shelly Berg, Sammy Figueroa, Bruce Hornsby, Steve Miller, Patti Austin, Die Artze, Clarence Reid (a.k.a. Blowfly), and many more.
A Native of Rochester, New York, Greg first began studying cello at the early ago of 2 1/2. He grew as a classical cellist, and throughout grade school he performed and toured with the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. After winning the Jo Amish Young Artists Concerto Competition, he was introduced to the possibilities of jazz by a classmate. He soon became fascinated by the genre, and began to figure out how to apply what he was hearing on seminal jazz records to the cello. He soon attended Berklee School of Music for a summer and began to focus heavily on improvised music.
After high school, Greg was accepted to the prestigious University of Miami, where he began to study both the acoustic and electric bass. He also purchased an electric cello in order to create a more unique sound. After honing his performing talents in countless ensembles inside and outside of school, Greg obtained Summa Cum Laude and became the first jazz cellist to graduate from the University of Miami. With a degree under his belt, Greg stayed in Miami in order to pursue his musical career.
Following a year of freelance performing, recording, and teaching, Greg moved to Santa Clarita, CA in order to pursue a Master’s in Fine Arts in Performance/Composition at California Institute of the Arts. The school offered him the chance to perform in a variety of musical styles, hone his music engineering skills, and bolster his film composition and sound design. It also helped him realize that Los Angeles was not the right city to continue his career in. After a year in California, he moved once again, this time to the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. In between teaching private lessons, gigging, and applying for graduate school at the University of Minnesota, he worked on a solo EP of original music entitled Some Dark, Beautiful Morning which was released February 26, 2011.
Greg can be heard on Ed Hale’s Ballad on Third Avenue, Kingsley and Perdomo’s Fake Smiles, Lizette Santana’s I Still Dream of You, Griffin Anthony’s Crazy Ways, Dreaming in Stereo’s self-titled debut and Dreaming in Stereo 2, Nick Kruge’s Lullaby for Strangers, Andrew Vait’s Face to Face, Brink of Something Beautiful’s Doctrine of Ethos, Sam Friend’s Secure and Fastened & Lady Madly, Mendacity’s self-titled debut, as well as Alejandra Alberti’s Vueltas.