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World's Only Imrat Guitarist Todd Mosby Debuts Album With Six Grammy Winning And Nominated Artists

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Todd incorporates more influences into his composition and performances on guitar than anyone I've ever worked with. Somehow he manages to synthesize these disparate elements into a singular musical voice that is unique...and unique is not a word I throw out easily or frequently. His music is staggeringly beautiful. --Will Ackerman
The Walking Cradle Co. presents acoustic and Imrat guitarist, composer and improviser Todd Mosby, who debuts his genre-defying music—On Eagle Mountain. A unique blend of new age, jazz, and world music, with hints of folk, bluegrass and classical North Indian flair—Mosby will kick-off the tour from the 'Focal Point' in St. Louis on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8 pm. Album artists Michael Manring, Jeff Haynes and Premik Russell Tubbs will join Mosby on tour in California.

Two men adept at tapping into the talent Mosby has spent 3/4 of his life developing are Will Ackerman and Ustad Imrat Khan.

Grammy Award winner and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman just completed an acoustic guitar based set of recordings with Mosby. Mastering the Imrat guitar—a hybrid sitar-guitar—was the brainchild of Mosby's mentor Ustad Imrat Khan. Mosby is the first and only guitarist in the world to become a member of the North Indian royal family of sitar, a family that traces its roots back 500 years.

Slated to redefine the contemporary instrumental genre in his first majorly produced album by the team of Will Ackerman (also ZMR Lifetime Achievement Winner) and Tom Eaton from the acclaimed Imaginary Road Studios, On Eagle Mountain spans multiple genres and many moods (vibrant, serene, contemplative) with fluid grace and artistic depth.

“Todd incorporates more influences into his composition and performances on guitar than anyone I've ever worked with. Somehow he manages to synthesize these disparate elements into a singular musical voice that is unique...and unique is not a word I throw out easily or frequently. His music is staggeringly beautiful," Ackerman said.

Acoustic guitarist Todd Mosby is joined by a stellar cast of Grammy Winning and Nominated artists on his newest release, On Eagle Mountain. Listeners will hear the world's leading solo bassist Michael Manring, percussionist Jeff Haynes, multi-talented Will Ackerman, violinist Charlie Bisharat, cellist Eugene Friesen and bassist Tony Levin among others like Premik Russell Tubbs. Todd also plays the unique Imrat guitar, a 20 stringed hybrid sitar/guitar bridge instrument he helped develop for bridging East and West music.

“Spirit Dancer" is one composition where I pay homage to my guru—Ustad Imrat Khan and one of my guitar heroes Pat Metheny. The composition can be approached from either a strictly melodic improvisation based on chords, based on the rag, or any combination of each or all...It is all placed over a very hip 6/4 groove, which tends to get things churning underneath a bit," Mosby said when asked about what he drew inspiration from in his music and life.

Todd Mosby & The New Horizons Ensemble is an evening that features original and, at times, a few familiar compositions, so much so that the ensemble defies genres and rocks with a virtuoso flair. The group is joined by special guests Bryan (guitar/vocals) and Lola (piano/vocals) Toben while on tour in St. Louis and in parts of California.

Schedule: On Eagle Mountain CD Release Tour

Sat April 30: Focal Point, St. Louis, MO (8 pm)
Todd Mosby & the New Horizons Ensemble
Opening: R. Scott Bryan
Bryan & Lola, Ben Wheeler, Kevin Cheli, Ben Reece, Traci Andreotti, Kathy Nix, Jacki Kleine

Wed / May 25: Hotel Utah Saloon, San Francisco, CA (7:30 pm)
Todd Mosby & the New Horizons Ensemble
Opening: Bryan & Lola Toben
Michael Manring, Jeff Haynes, Premik Russell Tubbs

Sat / May 26: Don Quixote Music Hall, Santa Cruz, CA (7:30 pm)
Todd Mosby & the New Horizons Ensemble
Opening: Michael Manring
Jeff Haynes, Premik R. Tubbs, Bryan & Lola Toben

Fri / May 27: SOhO Cafe, Santa Barbara, CA (7pm)
Todd Mosby & the New Horizons Ensemble
Michael Manring, Jeff Haynes, Premik Russell Tubbs, Bryan Toben

Sat / May 28: Jupiter, Berkeley, CA (8 pm)
Todd Mosby & the New Horizons Ensemble
Michael Manring, Jeff Haynes, Premik Russell Tubbs

On Eagle Mountain is available for purchase at these fine online retailers: CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and toddmosbymusic.com.

About Todd Mosby

Todd Mosby is a composer and innovator in the field of instrumental acoustic and electric guitar, contemporary composition, and improvisation. He has mastered multiple musical forms including classical, jazz and Indian raga. This broad spectrum enables him to create works which are highly creative and intelligent. His live shows introduce audiences to a constantly evolving, musical journey of fun and transformative tuneful moments!

According to Mosby's mentor Ustad Imrat Kahn, “Todd is one of the most innovative musicians of the 21st century." The 20-stringed Imrat guitar is the first of its kind, and is designed to bridge Eastern and Western music.

Todd Mosby has shared the stage with diverse artists as The Rippingtons, Michael Franks, Spyro Gyra, and Chris Botti. He holds a Masters in Music Composition from Webster University, schooled in composition, guitar and improvisation from Berklee College of Music, and a massive Certification (diploma) from Berklee College of Music.

Mosby Music Group (MMG) is a live music production and licensing agency that specializes in intimate concert presentations. MMG targets small to medium size venues for unique, traditional and non-traditional concerts. For more information on Michael Manring, Todd Mosby, Jeff Haynes or booking other artists.

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