Brief bios on New Horizons Ensemble members Todd, Bryan. Lola, Mike, Premik & Jeff.
Todd Mosby is a two time 2016 Global Music Award recipient, was on the 2016 Grammy ballot in 3 categories and has a new Cd titled On Eagle Mountain, which entered at no. 3 on the world wide ZMR charts.
He is an innovative guitarist, composer & improvisor who creates an intriguing combination of new age, jazz, folk and world music.
Mosby's works are both highly creative and intelligent and has mastered multiple musical forms; classical, jazz and Indian raga.
Grammy nominated, master of the fretless bass, soloist without rival. Michael started the solo bass concept.
“A master of the fretless bass without rival.” (Guitar Club Magazine)
Considered the world's leading solo bassist, Michael has been pushing the boundaries of what is possible on the bass for over three decades.
He was first call bassist with Windham Hill Records and Berklee Alum Lifetime Achievement awardee.
It is Michael’s ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners.
“The enlightenment came from feeling (seeing, hearing) the joy Michael felt playing…” (Tom Darter, Keyboard Magazine).
Grammy award winning percussionist and producer, Jeff Haynes has toured with everyone from the Pat Metheny Group, Al Jarreau and Lizz Wright to Harry Belafonte and Peabo Bryson and his chops can be heard on nearly 200 CDs.
He moves effortlessly from varied and subtle textures... to grooving in the pocket... to anchoring the rhythm section.
Jeff was the clear choice for concert producer Danny Kapilian and music director Brian Blade’s all-star band for two tributes for the legendary Joni Mitchell, in 2011 and 2013, performing with Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Lizz Wright, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Chaka Khan, Aimee Mann and Glen Hansard.
Premik is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist performs on various flutes, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, wind synthesizers, and lap steel guitar.
Premik has worked with everyone from Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Ravi Shankar, Narada Michael Walden, Clarence Clemons, Ornette Coleman, Jackson Browne, Jean-Luc Ponty, Lonnie Liston-Smith, Scarlet Riveria, James Taylor, Sting and Lady Gaga just to name a few. He is equally adept in pop, R&B, jazz, world and experimental genres.
"Seldom do you come across a young woman with a voice mature enough to sing jazz and blues like the greats. Lola Toben is a rare gem."
Lola Toben is a singer, pianist, and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California.
She is "The female Elton John." - Greg Munteneau of St. Louis Public Radio
Her high-energy, heartfelt performances make it clear that it is harder for her to keep emotions in than to let them out.
In her blossoming career as a musician, she has found success in many aspects of the music industry.
From backing national touring acts as a singer and pianist across the country, to being a respected songwriter at Nelly’s Extreme Institute, Lola is constantly working to surpass expectations.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Jazz Performance and Composition from Webster University in her hometown, Saint Louis, Missouri.
Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Bryan Toben was born in Saint Louis, Missouri to an extremely musical family.
By the time he was a junior in high school, Bryan was performing publicly around town at local cafes and restaurants accompanied by classmate, Lola Hennicke.
He received his Associates Degree in 2010 from St. Louis Community College. Seeking to experience more of the world, Bryan used the following semester to take a self-directed mission trip to La Paz, Bolivia. During his three-month stay, he tutored children in mathematics and guitar while volunteering at an orphanage for underprivileged children. Once Bryan returned home to St. Louis, he had a clear vision of his goals.
Graduating with honors from Webster University in 2013 with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a certificate in Entrepreneurial Business. Bryan currently manages and performs in Bryan & Lola and The Music of Lola.