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 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.

 Ljubljana, Slovenia. 10/17/18

Ljubljana, Slovenia. 10/17/18

Ramon Fermin is a guitarist and composer 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 creates original music as Hunters Chorus, and released the debut album Old Growler on Caldo Verde Records on October 19th, 2018.       

As a sideman, Ramon has extensively toured Europe, South America and North America with Sun Kil Moon/Mark Kozelek, and North America with Magik*Magik Orchestra.      

Ramon is a co-founder of the electric guitar ensemble Ignition Duo, and a member of the San Francisco Guitar Quartet. An avid collaborator, Ramon has performed and/or recorded 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, and has often found himself involved in the first performances of many new concert works for electric, acoustic and classical guitars.

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.

“A reflective quality flows through the whole of Hunters Chorus’ gorgeous ‘Old Growler’. Expanding seemingly into the infinite the spacious pieces have a symphonic air to them. Stylistically, Hunters Chorus draws from folk, indie rock, post rock, with a great delicacy to it. The moodiness of the album comes from how beautifully it all flows through into a singular unified whole. Like a grand journey, the scope constantly changes as the emotional heft of the work comes from the highly nimble, thoughtful guitar work that emerges over the course of the entire work... With ‘Old Growler’ Hunters Chorus creates a thoughtful work, one whose fragile melodies linger in the mind long after it has ended.”
— Beach Sloth

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.