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The Essential Todd Norcross

by Todd Norcross

Praised by critics as "The Best Musician in Martial Arts today", 'The Essential Todd Norcross' is a collection of fan-voted favorites of Todd Norcross instrumental hits from 2008-2016.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Guitars
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2. Driving to Her
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3. Merlin, Pt. II
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4. Downton Abbey Wedding
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5. Seasons and Years
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6. Dance of the Druids
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7. The Dark Harp
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8. Game of Gnomes
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9. Watership Down
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10. Brotherhood of the Moon
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11. Storms
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12. Birds on a Grave
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13. Rise of the Son
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14. One Day on Earth
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15. Echo of the Owl
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16. The First Kiss
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17. Numinosity
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18. Growing Old Together
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19. Mine, Shortly After
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20. Laying Her to Rest
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Album Notes
Described as being "a multi-genre musical genius" and "the best musician in martial arts alive today", Todd Norcross has been writing and recording songs for over twenty five years. He earned a Degree in Sound Engineering and Advanced Music Production from the prestigious "Recording Workshop" school in 1997.

He has written, recorded and produced 31 albums and well over 500 hundred original songs ranging from pop and folk rock to Japanese and Celtic instrumentals and movie soundtrack scores. Although primarily a finger-picking guitarist, he also plays five other instruments. In 1998, he was recognized as being a "visionary of sound for the next generation of home-spun musicians".

As a master martial artist, Todd Ryotoshi Norcross has been called "the teacher of teachers". Involved in the martial arts since 1982, he holds Teaching licenses in To-Shin Do and Sr. Black Belt degrees in Budo Taijutsu/Ninjutsu under Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. In 2006, he was awarded the ninja warrior name "Ryotoshi" which means "Knight of the Clear Blade of Truth" by Tenth Degree Black Belt Hall of Fame Member Stephen K. Hayes. He is a meditation teacher and lecturer on Philosophy/Cognitive studies in science and how it can be applied in the West. He was given the spiritual name "Ho-Un" meaning "Dharma Cloud" in 2003. He has body-guarded for The Dalai Lama and other celebrities and dignitaries such as Muhammad Ali and John Mellencamp on several occasions. He co-founded a non profit organization (Spirit Quest) in 2004 to help teach self-protection and meditation to inner city youth in six Ohio locations.

Todd's articles, blog, poetry and artwork have been published nationally. He is also an avid reader and oil painter. He earned a Bachelor's of Philosophy Degree in 2012. When not creating music, he owns and operates a Ninja Self-Protection School in Southwestern Ohio.

Excerpt from magazine interview with Singer/Guitarist Todd Norcross on his musical influences:
"I learned to play guitar and create recordings from studying the style of musician Lindsey Buckingham. I had never seen anyone play like that. He is simply brilliant and a real musical genius. I immediately saved up money to buy my first left-handed electric guitar and amplifier after hearing Fleetwood Mac's single "Little Lies" on the radio in 1988. I was about eighteen at the time. I don't use a traditional flat pick but only my fingers when I play my guitars. Even the electric guitar solos are done with the "travis-style" finger-picking I learned from Mr. Buckingham. To this day I still love attending his concerts and supporting his albums.

My singing influences vary widely. I love Fleetwood Mac's diversity. In my opinion, there are no better harmonies on Earth than the Bee Gees. They still blow me away every time I hear them, especially their 80's and 90's stuff. The Mamas and the Papas were a great influence. The Beatles are icons to many, including myself. The singer Russell Hitchcock from Air Supply is amazing. He has probably the most beautiful male voice I have ever heard. I also like Celtic music and enjoy Loreena Mckennit and Enya. My classical compositions are a result of listening to movies like Braveheart, Conan The Barbarian and Lord of the Rings. These composers are at the top of their game and are constantly inspiring me to get off my butt and do more as a soundtrack composer. It is so nice to have role models who are still very much alive and active in their fields."

Albums by Todd Norcross

1. Demos (1994)
2. Invoking Moods Pop/Rock (1994)
3. Above and Beyond Pop/Rock (1995)
4. Rise and Fall Pop/Rock (1995)
5. Welcome To My World Pop/Rock (1996)
6. To Each His Own Pop/Rock (1996)
7. Irish Eyes Folk/Rock (1997)
8. Drawing Steel - Orchestral Pieces (1997)*
9. California Moon Pop/Rock (1998)
10. Cuts on My Hands Pop/Rock (1998)
11. Eleven Pop/Rock (1999)
12. Clash of the Kings –Orchestral Pieces (1999)*
13. Stress Cow Band “Live and Raw” Pop/Rock (2000)
14. Strings of Steel Pop/Rock (2000)*
15. Wonderland Pop/Rock (2001)*
16. Taiken –Instrumental (2002)*
17. The Cold Moon - Producer/Musician (2005)*
18. Todd Norcross Pop/Rock (2007)*
19. Brotherhood of the Moon - New Age/Instrumental (2008)*
20. Eastern View Series Disc 1- Finding Happiness -Self Help/Meditation (2009)*
21. Eastern View Series Disc 2-The Jewel Tree Heroic Visualization -Self Help (2009)*
22. Eastern View Series Disc 3- Conquering Stress- Self Help (2009)*
23. Eastern View Series Disc 4-Botany and the Mind/Personal Responsibility for our thoughts-Self Help (2009)*
24. Taiken 2 (2009) Percussive Rhythm Instrumentals for dance, martial arts, yoga and relaxation visualizations
25. The Best of Orchestral Pieces -Classical Music(2010)*
26. Taiken 3 (2011) Eastern influenced instrumentals for dance, martial arts, yoga and relaxation visualizations
27. Ancestor (2012) - New Age instrumentals
29. The Key of Life (2013) - Instrumentals
30. Lineage and Lore (2014) - Instrumentals
31. Taiken 4 - Japanese Based Rhythm Instrumentals
32. The Essential Todd Norcross (2016) - Instrumental Compilation


Ancestor Review


"Todd Ryotoshi Norcross releases another spectacular instrumental piano CD, "Ancestor." Norcross, who is no stranger to the music scene as he has composed several albums, skillfully performs on the piano with a fine style and grace. His songs are warming and inviting and leaves you wanting to hear more of this artist. The opening track, "Rise of the Son," draws you into the beautiful melody as Norcross plays the piano with a soulful passion. The title track, "Ancestor," has a magical tonality as it impresses with it regal style. "Ghost," is a song with mystic qualities and will seep subtly into your soul. Another song, "Peanuts Jam," has a nice walking bass line and a fun loving melody. Fans of instrumental piano music will truly take pleasure listening to the stunning melodies on the wonderful album, "Ancestor."

- Radio

"I just heard the whole cd... It's exquisite and breathtaking! No wonder he is
such a grounded person. Anyone who has music like that floating in his head has
tranquility in his core being-and we get to benefit by hearing his inner soul
coming out!"
Suzan Rinn

"Taiken 3 is Todd's best sounding work in the trilogy. I would highly recommend this title to anybody."
Master Kim - San Diego, CA

"Taiken 3 is a visual as well as auditory delight. Listening to Norcross' music, one can actually picture himself in the throws of ancient Japan. Great work by one of our most prolific musicians."
Michael Gray - CD Reviews.

"Todd Norcross' "The Best of Orchestral Pieces" is proof that hard work can create beautiful things. Norcross is a master of using his craft in the most interesting if ways. ...this is a fine piece of of work." Alan Forbes

"Todd Norcross certainly leads a manifestly interesting life. There should be a book written about him. He is a master ninja by day, a philosopher in the evening and a tireless musician at night. He is (pun intended) a prolifically dangerous musician."

BBC Music Magazine-Foreign Reviews

"..Best of Classical Pieces" is not only good, it is great!" and Entertainment

"...from the pizzicato of delicate strings in "Piano Concerto" to the dynamism and sapience of "Thundersteed", to the climactic cantata of "Waltzing with Gods", the compositions Norcross creates never fail to connect with the numinous thoughts in all of us. "The Best of Orchestral Pieces" is a fine piece of work."

The Strad Magazine

"I know of no other modern artist who can delve into so many areas and conquer what has got to be a daunting task. He(Norcross) makes it not only work, he makes it sing!"
Julian White

"Taiken 2 is astounding in every way! A simple must for anybody who enjoys rhythm..."

Erin Moriarty - CD Review

Todd Ryotoshi Norcross' Taiken 2 is a heart-stirring empowering inspiration, To-Shin Do heart spirit in musical form. I urge all my friends to have this CD in their home, dojo and car!"

An-Shu Stephen K. Hayes

"Brotherhood of the Moon is a simple joy to behold. The profusely eclectic Norcross adds magic and depth to his songs and melodies. ...a real accomplishment for a real musician."

Mike Kennedy

"BTM is beautifully produced in an unusually style mixing celtic and new age sounds...a very stunning acheivement for a very prolific writer."

Arjay Randall - New Age CD Reviews

"Todd Norcross pulls no punches with this consideration of what happiness is, where it comes from, and how so many people go about doing all the wrong things in hopes of finding it. This is no soft pat on the head; make room for everyone to feel OK with whatever they are doing presentation. Some people are going to squirm facing these timeless truths that Todd shares so directly here.
I love it! I recommend it highly!"
An-Shu Stephen Kinryu Jien Hayes-Black Belt Hall of Fame/Founder To-Shin Do Kasumi An Martial Arts

An-Shu Stephen Kinryu Jien Hayes

"Todd's self titled CD is truly amazing! It is written from the heart and I have listened to it at least thirty times in the past month. Each new listen brings more and more memories and enjoyment."

Marla Giavinoni

"Wow! The newest release Brotherhood of the Moon album is his best yet. The instrumental CD has a haunting quality that is very inviting and continues to keep you on the edge...waiting to hear what is next. Truly an awesome creation.

Gary Dotoshi Bolton

"...possessing an inherent ability to communicate through sound, Norcross travels down many roads to places of beauty and solitude."

M.J. Dermott - Guitar-man Reviews

"A Brilliant album." - Indie Music Critics - The Essential Todd Norcross



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Various Reviews of The Essential Todd Norcross

Early reviews for The Essential Todd Norcross
"I was mesmerized from beginning to end. I highly recommend this gem." - Alan White CD Reviewer
"Beautiful compositions from an accomplished musician."
"The Essential Todd Norcross is a superb album" - Artist Review May 2016
"A nice mix of moody instrumentals to fade away with." - Rhonda Moore
"You won't find any studio tricks on this compilation from Norcross. He plays from the heart." - Trent H.
"Excellent and Eclectic" - Indie Album Reviews
"Norcross carries melodies and sonic themes like he carries a samurai sword." - R.J Thomas
"A great CD..." - Rhythm Nation
"I have been a Todd Norcross fan since 2003's Taiken. I think this is his finest work to date." - Prabhat Singh
"If you pick up any of his albums, this is the one." - Brittney K.
"The Essential Todd Norcross is, simply put, essential..." - Garden State Album Reviews
"I loved it!" Denise Garner - New York