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On Eagle Mountain

by Todd Mosby

“While On Eagle Mountain will certainly have a wide appeal, I would say that anyone who loves guitar music in particular, should not miss this one! The album is a mélange of exotic ingredients that alternately sizzle and simmer..."
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1. Spirit of the Mountain
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2. Soaring
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3. Eagle Mountain
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4. Falling Light
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5. Colorado Missouri
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6. Jack's Fork
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7. Spirit Dancer
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8. Ode to Joe
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9. Moon Song
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10. Mountain Lullaby
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11. Star Song
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“Todd Mosby is a guitarist’s guitarist whose exceptional compositional sensibilities and impeccable playing technique create one of the most compelling albums I’ve heard in a while. Todd’s skills as an arranger are inspired. “

“The range and integration of Todd’s diverse influences is exceptional which led Will Ackerman himself to say of Todd: “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.”

“While On Eagle Mountain will certainly have a wide appeal, I would say that anyone who loves guitar music in particular, should not miss this one! The album is a mélange of exotic ingredients that alternately sizzle and simmer to delight the musical palate with flavors of new age, contemporary instrumental, jazz, and world music.”

“Todd Mosby is a guitarist’s guitarist whose exceptional compositional sensibilities and impeccable playing technique create one of the most compelling albums I’ve heard in a while.”

“I was consistently impressed with everything I heard over the course of this listening experience  and have no doubt that this album will bring a much wider recognition and appreciation for the talents of guitarist Todd Mosby.”

“This particular body of work revolves around a central locality theme of a mystical mountain where the elemental, animal, crystal/mineral and spiritual kingdoms resides.”

“The project evolved from a personal experience growing up, in and around various mountain settings (Colorado, North Carolina, Missouri Ozarks), an acquired spiritual wisdom and understanding and a need to translate into musical sound what I experience emotionally and metaphorically.”

“Todd’s elegant and expressive solo guitar playing is equally enchanting on its own.”

- Michael Diamond
Founder, Music & Media Focus

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Kathy Parsons

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If I had to choose only one word to describe Todd Mosby’s "On Eagle Mountain," it would be “serene.” I’m sure that’s a word that means different things to different people, but for me, this is the music of an artist at peace with his inner world as well as the physical and spiritual worlds. Mosby’s seventh album, this music overflows with substance and emotion as well as elegant beauty. Produced by the wonder-team of Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton at Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studio in Vermont, the album features Mosby’s masterful guitar compositions accompanied by many of the stellar musicians who often appear on Ackerman/Eaton productions: Tony Levin (basses), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Eugene Friesen (cello), Premik Russell Tubbs (ewi, woodwinds), Michael Manring (bass), Jeff Haynes (percussion, textures), Noah Wilding (vocals), and Jill Haley (English horn) as well as Ackerman and Eaton.

It is interesting to note that in addition to his mastery of western musical traditions such as bluegrass, fusion, jazz and sophisticated pop music, Mosby is 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. He also co-created a new instrument called the Imrat guitar, which he plays on two of the eleven tracks. Mosby is considered to be one of the finest jazz guitarists in St. Louis, has written imaginative technical books for guitar, and has invented an assortment of products that enrich and enhance artistic expression.

"On Eagle Mountain" opens with “Spirit of the Mountain,” a shimmering free-form piece that features Mosby on Imrat guitar and Tom Eaton on bells, bowls, synth pads and textures. This beautiful piece lets you know right away that this album will be something different. It segues into “Soaring,” a short ambient piece with Tubbs on ewi and Eaton on synth pad and textures. “Soaring” in turn segues into “Eagle Mountain,” a piece composed during “the coldest week of the coldest month of the coldest year ever in the mountains of Vermont.” The mood of this piece is one of peacefulness, possibly inspired by falling snow. Jill Haley adds her magic to the softly flowing “Colorado, Missouri” along with Mosby’s gentle guitar and Levin’s bass - kind of like floating on a cloud. “Jack’s Fork” was inspired by “the most beautiful river I have ever floated” and features an ensemble of artists expressing the wonder of that experience. “Spirit Dancer” picks up the tempo a bit with a fascinating fusion of jazz and Indian styles. “Ode to Joe” is a heartfelt acoustic guitar solo that overflows with love and tenderness. A sweet duet for acoustic guitar and cello, “Mountain Lullaby” is so soothing! “Star Song” brings this excellent album to a peaceful and enchanting close.

"On Eagle Mountain" is guitar and ensemble music at its best. Recommended!
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Thank you so much for sharing this album with the world. I have been listening to it, and I think it is very special. The production is just incredible, I was wondering who did the production and then I saw it was Will Ackerman! Makes sense now of course :) What a wonderful collaboration!
The compositions are unusual and impressive. Todd is obviously VERY evolved musically, which is to say there is a depth and sophistication to his songs that is rare to find. I love listening to how seemingly disparate elements come together to create such peace and harmony. The guitar playing is just beyond. This was a lovely treat for me to listen to, and I am so grateful to have this music in my library!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Todd Mosby is a guitarist’s guitarist whose exceptional compositional sensibilities and impeccable playing technique create one of the most compelling albums I’ve heard in a while. “On Eagle Mountain” was produced by Grammy winning producer and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, along with studio wiz and multi-instrumentalist Tom Eaton. Recorded at the iconic Imaginary Road Studio in Vermont, the album also features a number of Will’s world-class accompanists. However, one of the stars of the album is not a person, but is the incredible instrument that Todd was involved in creating. The Imrat guitar is a 20 stringed hybrid sitar guitar with scalloped fretboard. If I hadn’t read about the various features and sounds that the Imrat guitar can create, I would have thought that a number of different instruments were being played.


While many of the tracks are larger ensemble pieces, the album opens with “Spirit of the Mountain,” which features Todd on his Imrat guitar, accompanied only by Tom Eaton on synthesizer strings and textures and singing bowls. The music is quite spacious and ambient, creating a dreamy atmospheric vibe that draws the listener in. From there we take flight with a short piece called “Soaring,” that is another duet – this time with Premik Russel Tubbs on electronic wind instrument, which is somewhat like a flute or horn synthesizer. Premik has worked with everybody from Carlos Santana to Ravi Shankar, Sting, Whitney Houston, and many other well-known artists. Here the combination of his airy flute sound with Todd’s Eastern-influenced drone sounds is transcendental. “Falling Light” absolutely launches itself right out of the gate on an up-tempo romp that showcases Todd’s impressive guitar chops in a somewhat jazzier context. Yet in a yin-yang contrast the song drops into a more introspective section in the middle graced by the ethereal vocalizations of Noah Wilding, who also does an impressive chant section towards the end that was inspired by Will Ackerman. A much more introspective piece is “Colorado Missouri,” that features the haunting English horn playing of Jill Haley along with Tony Levin on bass. The album draws to a conclusion with “Star Song,” which blends Todd’s sparkling guitar work with ethereal vocal textures, percussion, and interestingly, both Michael Manring and Tony Levin on bass.

"On Eagle Mountain" will certainly have a wide appeal, however I would say that anyone who loves guitar music in particular, should not miss this one! The album is a mélange of exotic ingredients that alternately sizzle and simmer to delight the musical palate. I was consistently impressed with everything I heard over the course of this listening experience and have no doubt that any fan of this genre will be as well.

To read a full-length feature article on this album as well as others, please visit: www.MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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Michael Diamond

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Todd Mosby Feature Article
Author: Michael Diamond
Music & Media Focus
March 20, 2016
While many musicians create their own music, not many,
I’m sure, create their own original instruments to play it
on. However, guitarist Todd Mosby helped design and
create one of the most fascinating guitar/sitar fusions I’ve
ever seen. And man, can he play it! More on this
innovative instrument later, but for now let me introduce
and provide some background on this master musician.
Some of the earliest music Todd was drawn to was the
bluegrass revival movement of the ‘70’s with artists like
Doc Watson, Vasser Clemens, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, and others in addition to the
music of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and later into fusion, folk, jazz, and sophisticated
pop. However, according to his bio: “A chance opportunity to catch a concert and
workshop on Indian music in college 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 learn 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.”
Todd’s formal training has been extensive and includes a Diploma and various
certifications from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, a Master’s
degree in Music Composition from Webster University, as well as years of study with
Usted Imrat Kahn where Todd made history as the only guitarist to enter the Imdad
Khani Gharana of sitar musicians, India’s oldest and most respected musical family,
dating back 500 years in an unbroken chain. All this has brought us to today, where
Todd is considered one of the most highly regarded jazz guitarists and composers in
the St. Louis area where he lives, and headlining every major jazz festival and playing
every major venue in town, sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in jazz.
He was also one of the first artists from St. Louis to enter Russia on a 3-city tour after
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Perestroika in 1994. In addition, his music has been featured in numerous films,
television, shows, and advertisements.
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Todd Mosby, Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton , Jeff Haynes
It’s been an illustrious career thus far, but Todd’s creativity is still picking up momentum
and moving into even more adventurous territory. His stunning new album, On Eagle
Mountain, was produced by Grammy winning producer and Windham Hill Records
founder Will Ackerman, along with co-producer, studio wiz, and multi-instrumentalist
Tom Eaton, whose own superb recent release I had the pleasure of writing about.
Recorded at the iconic Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont, the album also features a
number of Will’s A-list accompanists that I’ll mention as we get into discussing the
tracks. But one of the stars of the album is not a person, but is the innovative
instrument that Todd was involved in creating. The Imrat guitar is a 20 stringed hybrid
sitar guitar with scalloped fretboard. It is the dream instrument of Ustadt Imrat Khan
who had a major influence in the design of this unique acoustic instrument. Luthier Kim
Schwartz, who was already experimenting in this field, was the builder and the
instrument was tweaked to Todd’s performance specifications. The acoustic Imrat guitar
is the first of its kind and serves as a musical bridge between the two eastern and
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western music cultures. There is also an electric version. Those interested in the
technical details and back-story of this instrument can read more here.
In my interview with Todd, we discussed the theme of his new album, On Eagle
Mountain. According to Todd: “This particular body of work revolves around a central
locality theme of a mystical mountain where the elemental, animal, crystal/mineral and
spiritual kingdoms resides. The project evolved from a personal experience growing
up, in and around various mountain settings (Colorado, North Carolina, Missouri
Ozarks), an acquired spiritual wisdom and understanding and a need to translate into
musical sound what I experience emotionally and metaphorically.”
"
Todd Mosby with his Electric Imrat Guitar
As we get into the album itself here, I must point out the gorgeous packaging that
accompanies the CD. Included is a 15-page booklet with beautiful artwork, information
about the album and individual tracks, as well as a Zen-like haiku that Todd has written
for each song, expressing its essence. While many of the tracks are larger ensemble
pieces, the album opens with “Spirit of the Mountain,” which features Todd on his
Imrat guitar, accompanied only by Tom Eaton on synthesizer strings and textures and
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Todd Mosby Feature Article
singing bowls. The music is quite spacious and ambient, creating a dreamy
atmospheric vibe that draws the listener in. If I hadn’t read about the various features
and sounds that the Imrat guitar can create, I would have thought that a number of
different instruments were being played. It was also interesting to hear the amount of
reverb and echo effects that were used, which are not as often found to that degree in
other recordings I’ve heard coming out of Imaginary Road Studios.
From there we take flight with a short piece called “Soaring,” that is another duet – this
time with Premik Russel Tubbs on electronic wind instrument, a kind of flute or horn
synthesizer. Premik has worked with everybody from Carlos Santana to Ravi Shankar,
Sting, Whitney Houston, and many other well-known artists. Here the combination of
his airy flute sound with Todd’s Eastern-influenced drone sounds is transcendental. A
track entitled “Eagle Mountain” brings in a larger ensemble. On this one, in addition to
Todd and Premik is world renown fretless bassist, Michael Manring, percussionist Jeff
"
Haynes who has played with the Pat Metheney Group, and the maestro himself, Will
Ackerman on rainstick. It’s interesting that Todd described this song as having been
composed “during the coldest week of the coldest month of the coldest year ever in
the mountains of Vermont while living in a cabin with only a wood stove for heat.
However, there is no trace of icy ambiance, and the song is actually quite warm and
inviting in its sweet rhythmic flow. Perhaps Todd was channeling the warmth of that
wood stove.
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And speaking of rhythm, “Falling Light” absolutely launches itself right out of the gate
on an up-tempo romp that showcases Todd’s impressive guitar chops in a somewhat
jazzier context. Yet in a yin-yang contrast the song drops into a more introspective
section in the middle graced by the ethereal vocalizations of Noah Wilding, who also
does an impressive chant section towards the end that was inspired by Will Ackerman.
And making their introduction on this album are violinist Charlie Bisharat, who is best
known for playing with Yanni and John Tesh, and bassist Tony Levin, who records and
tours with Peter Gabriel and King Crimson.
With 7 more songs to go on the album, I won’t go into detail about all of them, but will
share what were, for me, some of the many highlights. A much more introspective
piece is “Colorado Missouri,” that features the haunting English horn playing of Jill
Haley along with Tony Levin on bass. Todd’s haiku for this piece, which perfectly reflects
its spirit, is:
“Portals Open
Native Star Seeds
Crystal Silence
Speaks Softly”
"
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Todd & bassist Tony Levin
A song called “Jack’s Fork” captures the feeling of floating down an exquisitely scenic
river, and also features whatTodd describes as “a rare, maybe the only recorded bass
solo performed by bass legend Tony Levin at the end of the song.” I have to say that
out of the dozens of albums I’ve written about that Tony Levin played on, I don’t ever
remember hearing him solo like this – so a rare treat indeed! Joining a number of the
aforementioned accompanists on a tune called “Spirit Dancer” is cellist Eugene
Friesen, who is known for playing with the Paul Winter Consort. I loved the toetapping,
jazzy, free wheeling energy of this song, and especially Todd’s exceptional
guitar work, which alternated between his regular guitar and sitar sounds – definitely
one of my favorites. I could easily hear the influence of guitarist Pat Metheney, who
Todd cites as one of his guitar heroes. In contrast to this intricate ensemble playing, the next song, “Ode to Joe,” is the only
solo track on the album, which highlights the fact that Todd’s elegant and expressive
guitar playing is equally enchanting on its own. The next couple tracks, “Moon Song”
and “Mountain Lullaby” lean towards the quieter, more reflective side of the musical
spectrum, and are both quite lovely. The album draws to a conclusion with “Star
Song,” which features the alchemy of Todd’s sparkling guitar work blended with
ethereal vocal textures, percussion, and interestingly, both Michael Manring and Tony
Levin on bass.
While On Eagle Mountain will certainly have a wide appeal, I would say that anyone
who loves guitar music in particular, should not miss this one! The album is a mélange
of exotic ingredients that alternately sizzle and simmer to delight the musical palate
with flavors of new age, contemporary instrumental, jazz, and world music. Todd Mosby
is a guitarist’s guitarist whose exceptional compositional sensibilities and impeccable
playing technique create one of the most compelling albums I’ve heard in a while.
Todd’s skills as an arranger are inspired, and as to be expected from Imaginary Road
Studios, the album is masterfully recorded. The range and integration of Todd’s diverse
influences is exceptional which led Will Ackerman himself to say of Todd: “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.” I
was consistently impressed with everything I heard over the course of this listening
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experience and have no doubt that this album will bring a much wider recognition and
appreciation for the talents of guitarist Todd Mosby.
Todd Mosby & New Horizons Ensemble 2016-2017 Promo Clip 2
from Todd Mosby Music PLUS
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