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Guitarist, Composer, Improviser
"...one of the most innovative musicians of this century..." - Imrat Khan
A guitarist's guitarist, Mosby is a 2x Global Music Award Recipient and made it on the 2017 Grammy Ballot in three categories.
Broadcast on radio stations throughout the world and licensed on a global platform, Mosby's current album “On Eagle Mountain” entered at #3 on the ZMR Top 100 Chart for 2016 and placed in the top 10 albums of the year on the ZMR charts. Mosby was also nominated in 2017 for Best Acoustic Instrumental Album and Best New Artist by ZMR, and Best Acoustic Guitar Album by One World Music.
He is an innovative guitarist, composer & improvisor who creates an intriguing combination of new age, jazz, folk and world music.
Mosby is the only guitarist ever admitted into the famed Imdad Khani Gharana of sitar musicians and considered as one of the finest jazz guitarist in the Saint Louis area, headlining area jazz festivals.
Mosby's works are both highly creative and intelligent and he has mastered multiple musical forms; classical, jazz and Indian raga.
Todd recently finished production on an instrumental acoustic, guitar based album titled On Eagle Mountain with Will Ackerman, founder of Windam Hil Records. His touring New Horizons Ensemble has performed from New York to San Fransisco.
Currently, Mosby is premiering an orchestration of Eagle Mountain with the University City Symphony. In addition to full orchestra the work also calls for two harps and piano.
“His knowledge of Indian music is quickly apparent, but his virtuosity in and love of jazz is equally present; along with a graceful ease in bluegrass and folk music tradition.
Somehow he manages to synthesize these disparate elements into a singular musical voice that is unique in my experience... and “unique” is not a word I throw out easily or frequently. Sometimes, however, it’s apt; as it is with Todd Mosby.” - Will Ackerman, Grammy producer and founder, Windham Hill Records
Schooled in composition, guitar and improvisation from Berklee College of Music and live music performance from Tom Jackson Productions, Todd Mosby delivers a transformative concert which engages audiences.
He is also integral to the continued development and refinement of the Imrat Guitar, a hybrid sitar guitar bridge instrument which combines the East West music cultures.
“Todd is one of the most innovative musicians of this century…he has mastered the two great mountains of music.” -Ustadt Imrat Khan, India’s greatest living Ustadt.
"I come from a family of inventors," says composer/guitarist/improviser Todd Ferris Mosby. "It ties into the whole Daniel Boone ideal of forging ahead, march to your own drum, having no preconceived ideas."
The Daniel Boone reference above may give some insight into the guitarist's early predilection for the bluegrass revival movement of the '70s where he fell in love with music from Doc Watson, Vasser Clemens, Bill Monroe, The Flying Burrito Bros, and Earl Scruggs. He also developed a taste for leading folk artists, such as James Taylor and Joni Mitchell. With that as a springboard, he eventually expanded his palette to fusion, jazz and sophisticated pop music.
While in college, a chance opportunity to catch an Indian music concert and workshop opened up Mosby up to the winding microtonal capabilities possible in non-Western music and he pursued these new paths with steely conviction. "The music was so difficult, but I was so passionate about it. I used to get headaches and pass out trying to learning it." Parallel to this, he became more spiritually centered through yoga and meditation and his rigorous music practice routine slowly blossomed into a kind of prayer. These awakenings and introspection also led him to numerous charitable pursuits. Much later on, Mosby made history as being the only guitarist to become a member of the famed Imdad Khani Gharana, India’s royal family of sitar ustadt musicians with an unbroken chain dating back 500 years.
Todd Mosby is a seeker and learner who believes in the transformative power of music. He explores a life of creative purposefulness, sharing his knowledge and innovations along the way—in all his pursuits, that’s his missive. Mosby’s vibrant creativity has led to numerous innovations in music spanning inventive compositions, imaginative technical books for guitar, co-creating a new instrument (the Imrat guitar), to an assortment of products which enrich and enhance artistic expression. "In my householdgrowing up, there was always this freedom to go your own way. It was 'Yeah, you can do it! You can do whatever you put your mind to!'" the St. Louis, Missouri based artist says. 'Why not build an instrument? Why not be a guitar player but play Indian music?' It wasn’t rebelliousness, it was curiosity and passion."
At present, Mosby is considered one of the finest jazz guitarists in St. Louis and has been voted one of the top guitarists by the STL River Front Times readers' poll. He has played symphony halls, headlined area Jazz festivals, performed in concert venues, clubs, charity events, accompanied major dance companies, and was one of the first artists from St. Louis to enter Russia on a 3-city tour after Perestroika in 1994.
Mosby has shared the stage with Michael Manring, Imrat Khan, Shafaat Khan, Jeff Haynes, and Milton Hinton, among others. He has opened for The Rippingtons, Michael Franks, SpyroGyra, and Chris Bonti. In addition, Todd's music has been featured in films, television, shows, and advertisements. "My goal as an artist is to introduce audiences to new forms of contemporary music based in tradition with attention to the highest standards of musical excellence. My mission as an artist is to connect with audiences at the spiritual, emotional and physical levels and as such, change lives."
Mosby purposefully fuses various musical idioms within his New Horizons Ensemble with which he’s just released an astounding CD package, On Eagle Mountain, with Will Ackerman, Grammy artist/producer, founder Windham Hill Records. His thorough immersion into Indian music has helped him co-conceive a new instrument, the Imrat guitar, so that he could access the sensual melodies of Indian music with the choral possibilities found in Western music on the standard 6-string guitar.
Mosby, a visionary who considers every facet of creativity, has developed a finger oil to ease fret hand friction and a revelatory line of instructional books that tidies up Western music theory abstractions as related to guitar, putting them into useful groupings to jump-start actual music playing. He’s also written a landmark book that appropriates the highly developed picking chops of Indian musicians and applies it to Western musical melodic exercises. "That’s the sound I’m devoted to putting out there, I have a strong need to service humanity thru music."
"I compose music to share with others, musicians and audiences alike, so they might in turn express an emotional, heartfelt connection to their environment, personal well being and others."