With Sun Kil Moon at Le Guess Who Festival - Utrecht, Netherlands. November 2017 

With Magik*Magik Orchestra. (Photo: Erin Brethauer)

With Sun Kil Moon before the gig at Shepherds Bush Empire, London on 11/26/17.

Ignition Duo (Ramon Fermin and David Gonzales) with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich and David Tanenbaum. Taken after performing Reich's Nagoya Guitars at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as part of an evening of music and conversation on 9/8/16.

Ramon Fermin is a guitarist, composer and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Utilizing the guitar as a nexus for the kaleidoscopic energies which shape his experience, Ramon seeks to bring a tireless curiosity and spirit of play to his endeavors as a soloist, chamber musician and improviser. 

Ramon is a co-founder of the electric guitar ensemble Ignition Duo, and a member of the San Francisco Guitar Quartet. An enthusiastic contemporary music player, Ramon has had the pleasure of playing on the first performances of many new concert works for electric and classical guitars.       

As a sideman, Ramon has toured Europe, South America and North America with Sun Kil Moon, and North America with Magik*Magik Orchestra. He has also had the pleasure of performing and/or recording with: Spoleto Festival Orchetra, Lightbulb Ensemble, Wild Rumpus, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Hot Air Music Festival Orchestra, New Music Works, and Andronica String Trio among other groups.      

Ramon creates original music as Hunters Chorus, and will release the debut album Old Growler on Caldo Verde Records in 2018. 

Ramon first learned music from his grandmother, pianist Lydia Fermin. His early guitar teachers were Eric Cabalo and Norris Large, and he later went on to study with John Dearman, Marc Teicholz, and Marcin Dylla, earning degrees in music from the San Francisco Conservatory (M.M. 2011) and UC Santa Barbara (B.M. 2008). During his formative years Ramon attended masterclasses at the Mediterranean Guitar Festival in Cervo, Italy, The Volterra Summer Guitar Institute in Tuscany, the Nurtingen International Guitar Festival in Germany, the New York Guitar Seminar at the Mannes School of Music, Boston Guitarfest, and the Santa Barbara International Guitar Festival. Ramon was a prize winner in the 2011 Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition.

 

 

San Francisco Guitar Quartet 2016 promo photo.

With Lightbulb Ensemble at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. on 11/19/16.

Ignition Duo performing live at Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. on 6/22/16.

with Mad River at Hotel Utah, SF.