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Open Waters

by Todd Mosby

In this concept album, acclaimed guitarist Todd Mosby features the Imrat Guitar, the only instrument of its kind in a number of settings depicting an archtype voyage out of Atlantis to a New Land. This release traverses genres, new age, jazz, pop, folk.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Drifting
4:33 $0.99
2. Atlantica
6:31 $0.99
3. Open Waters
4:02 $0.99
4. Coming About
4:18 $0.99
5. A New Land
5:28 $0.99
6. Western Sky
5:17 $0.99
7. Dolphin Song
4:04 $0.99
8. Water Dancer
3:43 $0.99
9. Island Song
4:13 $0.99
10. So Far Away
3:24 $0.99
11. Windward
2:48 $0.99
12. Sea of Joni
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Album Notes
Every so often an artist comes along who makes you rethink not just music but the world in which we live. With his thoroughly well-crafted and genre-defying sounds, Todd Mosby invites us into his realm, one in which creativity knows no bounds or borders. Like a master chef hunting for the best ingredients to cook a delectable meal, maestro Mosby has no compunction selecting the most ripened ideas and seasoned artists to feature on Open Waters.

In this terrific production, you will indeed hear artistic elements that draw upon jazz, New Age, folk music, and even Indian sonic materials. That’s because this music isn’t just from Mosby but of him: For thirteen years, he studied classical North Indian music with his neighbor and guru-ji Ustadt Imrat Khan. By learning this craft, Mosby can elegantly fuse the polyrhythms and polyphony found in North India with the spontaneity of jazz, creating his own, fresh aesthetic. Of course, Mosby is a highly talented guitarist, able to transform his creative ideas into richly rendered solos that sparkle throughout his album.

For his second album, Open Waters, Mosby turned his attention to the mythic land of Atlantis, as evoked by Plato’s treatises. Mosby was taken by this story as a child, and throughout his life he has referenced synchronistic events and often found himself gazing at dolphins swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. What’s more, this project is the second installment of his trilogy compilation that is based on the earth, water, and air. Indeed, Open Waters picks up from where his first album Eagle Mountain leaves off, as an opus not to just to another physical plane but a spiritual one, as well.

Hewing close to his theme, Mosby named most of the tracks after nautical ideas or elements. The title track “Open Waters” is especially alluring, beginning with a deft and delightful guitar line and the enchanting wordless and evocative vocals of Lola Hennecki.

“I wanted this track to create an optimistic felt freedom, like when venturing into the open waters, sails unfurled, on a journey in search of whatever lays ahead,” Mosby says. Indeed, Premik R. Tubbs’ wind synth provides the tune both ballast and buoyancy, giving the listener a sense that he or she is part of the crew, on this musical, if not seafaring odyssey together. With the propulsive drums and thick bass groove, this a journey we’re all happy to be on. No matter where we are headed – it’s going to sound good!

“Sea of Joanie” demonstrates Mosby’s finesse as a guitarist, as he demonstrates his finger plucking dexterity, paired with forceful strumming. The instrument has become an extension of Mosby, as he’s able to convey the image of traveling in choppier waters.

His “A New Land” features the illustrious Fiona Joy who brings her hallmark artistry to the track, which is full of the mystery and wonder wonder one would find when contemplating a new beginning in a new land. Jeff Haynes provides percussion that gives the track added grain and texture.

“Atlantica” is named for the Mosby’s muse, the mythical land. The composition draws upon an ancient folk song, which incorporates a sixteen-beat cycle over a standard ghat-munja form. If that sounds complicated, it is! But worry not, as maestro Mosby glides through the piece effortlessly, showing how he can bring different forms and figures together in a composite whole.

His piece “Dolphin Song” is a jubilant one, a reference to these amazing creatures who sing
their, dance their dance and sometimes appear as messengers.

Alas, it’s Mosby who is the messenger, rather the ambassador on this album. He is a shining example of how one can take various ideas from sundry traditions, and make them mesh together. If this isn’t a testimony for what the world needs more, I don’t know what is. We need more Todd Mosby’s among us. A gorgeous album.


Kabir Sehgal
A New York Times bestselling author, Sehgal’s productions have won four
Grammy Awards in Jazz and New Age and two Latin Grammy Awards


Cataclysm Three
A Remnant Group Sails Westward
Crossing A New Sea

1 Drifting
Warm Nights on Calm Seas
Stars Adrift Moonlit Waters
Dreams Float In Tempo

2 Atlantica
Beneath Blue Waters
Ancient Songs of What Was Once
Visions Lost, Rising

3 Open Waters
An Open Passage
Sails Cast to a Westward Wind
Ahead, Vast Expanse

4 Coming About
A New Direction
Shifting Winds, A Steady Bow
Penetrate Northwest

5 A New Land
Crystalline Beaches
Shimmering Landscapes Abound
Transcendent Beauty

6 Western Sky
A Western Gold Light
Guides Castaways, In The Night
And What Might They Say?

7 Dolphin Song
A Messenger Sings
A Dolphin’s Song, Dolphins Dance
Guiding, A Way Home

8 Water Dancer
Transforming Water
Weaving Tears of Light and Sound
Dance The Water Dance

9 Island Song
We Pass An Island
Na Land-Is Strong, Yet Silent
Memories Pass We

10 So Far Away
Fading Memories
Smiling Faces, Places Past
Returning, In Dreams

11 Windward
Powerful Sails Press Forward
A Rough Sea Ahead, Strong Heart
The Future Fares Well

12 Sea Of Joni
Crossing A New Sea
An Odyssey In Spirit
A Psalm Named Two Three



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Dyan Garris

Album Review by Dyan Garris
“Open Waters” by Todd Mosby is a concept album based upon the theme of a journey from the lost city of Atlantis. Whether or not you believe Atlantis is real or mythological, the music on “Open Waters” is as fresh and authentic as it gets, just like the sea. – Dyan Garris

Todd Mosby is an American composer, award-winning guitarist and recording artist who embodies the musical philosophies and traditions of classical North India, traditional Jazz and classical composition with immersive studies in each of these disciplines. He has toured performing arts centers across America such as Montalvo Arts, Kravis Center, Soka University, The Harris Center, Prius Hall, and Polsky Theater to name a few. As well, Todd's music has been featured in films, television shows, and advertisements.

Hailing from a family of inventors, Todd co-created a new instrument, the Imrat guitar, along with Kim Schwartz and Imrat Khan. This instrument allows him to “phrase as a sitarist and still play the lush chordal harmonies found in modal jazz.” Todd’s compositions for this instrument are an authentic blend between North Indian Rag and traditional Western Jazz.
Fascinated with Indian music from early on, Todd is the only guitarist ever admitted into the famed Imdad Khani Gharana of sitar musicians dating back 500 years to Tan-Sen and the Mogule courts.

The track titles on “Open Waters” are oceanic and nautical in nature. The album concept is one of an archetypical journey. This one follows the potential survivors of the destruction of Atlantis as they journeyed forth by sea to a new land, not knowing what the journey would bring. This album is the 2nd installment of a trilogy based upon the elements of earth (Eagle Mountain), water (Open Waters), and air (unreleased as of the date of this review).

Mixed and mastered by Tom Eaton, and produced by Eaton and Will Ackerman, the album features renowned musicians, Fiona Joy, Michael Manring, Charlie Bisharat, Jeff Haynes, Premik Russell Tubbs, Steve Bankuti, and other notables. This crossover album combines elements of Jazz, New Age, Folk, and Indian music. It is 12 tracks of lush and “day-dreamy enjoyability.“

The voyage begins with the “floaty,” ambient “Drifting,” which perfectly sets the mood for all that comes next on the journey. This is followed by “Atlantica. This is flowing and agreeable with a kind of soft jazz feel. Very nice.
The title track, “Open Waters” is spectacular. The wordless, haunting, vocals of Lola Hennecki make this song special. Jazzy, relaxing, and uplifting, I think we will be hearing this everywhere.

The entire album is wonderful, making it challenging to choose a particular favorite. So, I won’t even try to do that. However, some standouts on the album: “A New Land” features well-known New Age pianist Fiona Joy along with Jeff Haynes on percussion, which is utterly superb, and gives the song a magical quality. The outstanding vocal track, “Western Sky” is equally as enchanting. We can literally feel the vivid light of the Western sky shining upon and through us, bringing peace and illumination to the spirit. Beautiful.

The graceful, “Dolphin Song” conjures up images, and perhaps ancient memories, of these magnificent creatures elegantly swimming along with the flow of the sea. And so, then can we. “Water Dancer” is lively, smooth, and fun. It’s a “feel good” tune. Love it. Ditto for “Island Song.” Upbeat, and with a gorgeous mix, this is excellent. The album closes out with the outstanding “Sea of Joni.” With wordless vocals again, this song is hopeful, joyful, and uplifting to the soul.

“Open Waters” is an outstanding, unforgettable album with many layers and textures. The love pours out of it and onto us, like a sea of its own. A marvelous, mystical thread connects each song to the other and to our hearts. This sojourn across open waters is a “must have.”

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Open Waters" is the fifth album from Todd Mosby, an artist whose creativity knows no bounds. The album was produced by Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records, who calls it “the best project I have been involved with.” With all of the music luminaries Ackerman has worked with over the years, that’s quite a statement! Ackerman further states: “Todd Mosby is the most unique sounding guitarist I have ever worked with, nobody does what he does.” "Open" Waters is a concept album based on the legend of Atlantis - Plato’s story of the destruction of the ancient civilization and what survivors might have felt as they escaped in ships heading westward. The music itself is impossible to categorize, utilizing elements of jazz, pop, new age, folk and Indian music. The CD includes an eight-page booklet with information about the music, photos of Mosby, and a short poem for each piece.

It doesn’t take much digging around to discover what makes this album unique. It features acoustic and electric “Imrat guitars,” 20-string hybrid sitar/guitars that Mosby co-invented with Imrat Khan and Kim Schwartz. The instrument allows Western musicians to access Eastern melodies and Eastern musicians to access Western harmonies for the first time. Mosby composed all twelve tracks and performs on Imrat guitars as well as acoustic guitars, synth bass and Fender Rhodes. Additional musicians include Imaginary Road Studios all-stars Charlie Bisharat (violin), Premik Russell Tubbs (wind instruments), Tom Eaton (Fender Rhodes and hand percussion), Jeff Haynes (percussion) and Noah Wilding (vocals). Other guest artists include Michael Manning (bass), Fiona Joy (piano), Lola Hennecki (vocals and piano) and Steve Bankuti (drums).

"Open Waters" begins with “Drifting,” a duet with Michael Manring that borders on ambient while evoking images of stars reflected on calm seas as “dreams float in tempo.” Smooth and hypnotic, “Atlantica” is named for the mythical land (Mosby’s muse) and is quite a bit jazzier. The title track picks up the tempo as well as a sense of adventure - we’re underway! A lively and playfully upbeat toe-tapper, “Coming About” presents an intriguing dialog between acoustic guitar, electric Imrat guitar and violin (plus vocals, piano, drums and percussion) - sure to bring a smile! “A New Land” is a beautiful acoustic piece that includes Fiona Joy on piano. Gentle and calming, it’s a favorite. “Western Sky” is the only track with lyrics (written and sung by Lola Hennecki), and is a wistful love song with a smooth jazz vibe. “Dolphin Song” also features Charlie Bisharat and Fiona Joy, but is mostly a gentle, melodic acoustic guitar piece - also a favorite. “Island Song” has a light and breezy air that refreshes as it soothes. “So Far Away,” a is warm and dreamy guitar solo (acoustic), is the only solo on the album. “Sea of Joni” brings this excellent album to an upbeat, toe-tapping close while overflowing with joy and optimism.

"Open Waters" is musical adventure you won’t want to miss!