A 6 member super group delivers an acoustic instrumental mix of folk, jazz and world music to enthralling fans!
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This 6 member ensemble has toured from New York to San Francisco. A folk, jazz, world fusion ensemble, this super group includes grammy nominated and winning performers delivering an acoustic instrumental mix with virtuoso flair.
FEATURED INSTRUMENTS: vocals, woodwinds, acoustic guitars, lap steel, piano, bass and percussion.
This ensemble engages audiences at multiple levels. Each song in the set looks different, sounds different and feels different. From the first song to the last, the listener travels an exciting journey which leaves them changed at some level by the end of the evening.
Excellent musicianship, lights, sound, story, media and staging are all used to deliver the highest standards of performance music.
Mosby’s compositions and arrangements weave personal story and familiar tunes of the 60's and 70's by artists such as Neil Young, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell. Placed in a contemporary context, audiences relate to these timeless songs of the past with the relevance of of today.
OUTREACH: All ensemble members have programs available at all levels. Workshops, seminars and lecture demos for community, high school and college students.
ENSEMBLE BACK GROUND
Todd Mosby: Most recent recording nominated in 3 categories for Global Peace Song Awards, placed top ten 2017ZMR album of the year. 2x Global music awardee, member of the famed Imdhad Khani Gharana of musicians, India's royal family of music, undergraduate work at Berklee College of Music, BA Music Business, MM Music Composition.
Michael Manring: Grammy nominated, master of the fretless bass, soloist without rival. Michael pioneered the solo bass performance concept. Along with Michael Hedges they developed a style of instrumental performance with persists to this day. As the bass voice of Windham Hill Records, he has recorded as performed extensively with Michael Hedges, Mark Isham, Will Ackerman to name a few.
Premik R. Tubbs: An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, he performs on flutes, soprano, alto, tenor saxophones, wind synth and lap steel guitar. Premik started his career with John McLaughlin and has performed and or recorded with Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, Ravi Shankar, Clarence Clemons, Ornette Coleman, Jackson Browne, Jean-Luc Ponty, Lonnie Liston-Smith, James Taylor, Sting and Lady Gaga just to name a few.
Jeff Haynes: A Grammy winning percussionist, Jeff has toured with everyone from the Pat Metheny Group, Al Jarreau, Cassandra Wilson, and Lizz Wright to Harry Belafonte and Peabo Bryson and his chops can be heard on nearly 200 CDs. Jeff was the clear choice for Brian Blade’s all-star band for two tributes for the legendary Joni Mitchell, performing with Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Chaka Khan, Aimee Mann.
"He brings fire and heart to my music.” - Cassandra Wilson
Lola Toben: A singer, pianist, and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. 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. Lola Toben is a rare gem. She is “…The female Elton John…” - Greg Munteneau of St. Louis Public Radio
Bryan Toben: A 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.
Partial Song Synopsis:
• Moon Song - describes the light of a full moon as it casts a soft luminance over a snowcapped Eagle Mountain and surrounding fields signaling the first days of Winter.
• Western Sky - describes the light of a western sky as it sets on the beauty of the land.
• Falling Light - is an audience participation piece describing how the sunlight breaks thru clouds after a fresh Spring Rain.
• Spirit Dancer - is a dance of the elemental realm featuring a specially designed 20 stringed hybrid sitar/guitar composition for a newly designed instrument.
Concert Review Excerpt:
• "...The musicianship of this all-star group was off the charts...The songs ranged from laid-back inspired melodies to up-tempo grooves with stellar solos from Todd and Premik..."
• "...A memorable and rare event with many wow-moments..." - Michael Diamond - Music Media & Focus 2016
“That's the problem with labels… a colleague once said... ‘there's only two kinds of music, good music and other…’ I took a look and listen… yours is good music…” - Tom Barkes, Director of Finance and Operations, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Notre Dame, IN