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Leonid

Leon Muhudinov is a guitarist-composer-educator based in NJ and NYC. Described as “an artist worthy of well-earned name recognition and one of the most versatile guitarists around” by 20th Century Magazine, he can be heard performing classical guitar, boom chick, world fusion, prog rock, and jam band music.

Introduced to a wealth of music by his parents, Leon took up the guitar at an early age and built a strong foundation with classical guitar teacher, George Glock. He later met luthier/fingerstyle extraordinaire Tom Doyle, who inspired another dimension in his playing. Other influences include Agustin Barrios, John Williams, Julian Bream, Steve Howe, Phish, Queen, Deep Purple, Jeff Beck, Slash, Brian May, and Chet Atkins.

Leon’s 2003 solo album, Tasty Guitar Treats, was a mix of classical, new age, and country-jazz influences; an assortment of originals, and popular covers by the Beatles, Chet Atkins, and Scott Joplin. He later formed The Adventures of Leonid, an instrumental group featuring a rotating lineup of friends and great musicians on various projects. AoL’s self-titled debut was released in 2005 on Mad Hands Records and features veteran drummer, Mad Mike Cullens (Chuck Berry, Mick Taylor). Combining elements of rock, classical, funk, surf rock, and Eastern melodies, journalist Dmitry Epstein called it “a highly enjoyable record of rare elegance.”

Leon has contributed music to independent films and National Geographic documentaries dealing with animal rights, environmental, and humanitarian issues. In 2011, he was featured as a composer for Project Oliver, a series to build improved spaces for rescued primates such as Oliver, "the missing link" chimpanzee. He also performed for the Global Human Rights Torch Relay and Edison Wetlands restoration benefit.

In 2012, Leon was featured on the Van Halen Tribute album, Take Your Whiskey Home, alongside current/former members of Aerosmith, Journey, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Yngwie Malmsteen band, released on Versailles Records. Other compilations include Guitar Wizards Vol 3 in 2014 and upcoming tributes to Queen and Deep Purple.

Leon has worked and appeared on recordings alongside members of Chuck Berry, Journey, Dio, Whitesnake, Garden State Opera, and Metropolitan Opera. He performs solo, with his duo Combo Combo, and other ensembles regularly throughout the Tri-State area. Passionate about sharing the gift of music, he maintains a busy schedule of guitar students.



"Guitar trip into the unknown of the great wide open. Not afraid to touch and embellish classic material from the likes of The Fabs and Duke Ellington on his 2003's debut, "Tasty Guitar Lines", this time New Jersey resident Leonid Muhudinov walks his own way with a variety of stringed instruments on his back. Running in with a streamline rock 'n' roll with Beethoven lurking in the shadows, there's a filigree technique on display with no sign of showing off, especially when electricity breaks down into acoustic reverie. But if jazz, country and classical guitar pieces can be expected from the master, the jangly twangy beat of "Ghost Town" comes on as delicious surprise: Hank Marvin has never been so cimenatic - and there's more to the composition, much more! And there's much humor in here, be it Hendrix-cum-Hazel-Hackett transmutations in "Funky Bitch", lush but playful guitar pile-up in "Leonid's Return" or electric sitar of "Samadhi". Highly enjoyable record of rare elegance."

Discography:

2003 Tasty Guitar Treats

2005 The Adventures of Leonid feat. MadMike Cullens on drums (Artwork by Peter Oumanski) MAD HANDS RECORDS

2011 Romance Anonimo (single)

2012 Take Your Whiskey Home: Tribute to Van Halen feat. members of Aerosmith, Journey, Dio, etc. VERSAILLES RECORDS

2013 Clair de Lune (single)

2013 America the Beautiful (single)

2015 Guitar Wizards vol. 3/4 feat. Blues Saraceno (Poison), Tony Franklin (Whitesnake), Tracy G (Dio), etc. VERSAILLES RECORDS

2017 Forest Dance (single feat. Mad Mike Cullens on percussion)

2017 Highway Star Tribute to Deep Purple (release date TBA) VERSAILLES RECORDS

2017 We Will Rock You Tribute to Queen (release date TBA) VERSAILLES RECORDS

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