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Leon Muhudinov is a guitarist-composer-educator based in NJ and NYC. Described as “an artist worthy of well-earned name recognition and one of the most versatile guitarists around” by 20th Century Magazine, he can be heard performing classical guitar, boom chick, world fusion, prog rock, and jam band music.

Leon’s 2003 solo album, Tasty Guitar Treats, was a mix of classical, new age, and country-jazz influences; an assortment of romantic classical guitar pieces, popular covers inspired by the Beatles, Chet Atkins, and Scott Joplin, and original compositions.

He later formed The Adventures of Leonid, an instrumental group which features a rotating lineup of friends and great musicians on various projects. AoL’s self-titled debut was released in 2005 on Mad Hands Records and features veteran drummer, Mad Mike Cullens (Chuck Berry, Mick Taylor.) The concept album combines elements of rock, classical, funk, surf rock, and Eastern melodies. Journalist Dmitry Epstein called it “a highly enjoyable record of rare elegance.”

Leon has contributed music to independent films and National Geographic documentaries dealing with animal rights, environmental, and humanitarian issues. In 2011, he was featured as a composer for Project Oliver, a series to build improved spaces for rescued primates such as Oliver, "the missing link" chimpanzee. He also performed for the Global Human Rights Torch Relay and Edison Wetlands restoration benefit.

In 2012, Leon was featured on the Van Halen Tribute album, Take Your Whiskey Home, alongside current/former members of Aerosmith, Journey, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Yngwie Malmsteen band, released on Versailles Records. Other compilations include Guitar Wizards Vol 3 in 2014 and upcoming tributes to Queen and Deep Purple.

Leon has contributed music to independent films and National Geographic documentaries dealing with animal rights, environmental, and humanitarian issues. In 2011, he was featured as a composer for Project Oliver, a series to build improved spaces for rescued primates such as Oliver, "the missing link" chimpanzee. He also performed for the Global Human Rights Torch Relay and Edison Wetlands restoration benefit.

In 2012, Leon was featured on the Van Halen Tribute album, Take Your Whiskey Home, alongside current/former members of Aerosmith, Journey, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Yngwie Malmsteen band, released on Versailles Records. Other compilations include Guitar Wizards Vol 3 in 2014 and upcoming tributes to Queen and Deep Purple.

Leon has worked and appeared on recordings alongside members of Chuck Berry, Journey, Dio, Whitesnake, Garden State Opera, and Metropolitan Opera. He performs solo, with his duo Combo Combo, and other ensembles regularly throughout the Tri-State area. Passionate about sharing the gift of music, he maintains a busy schedule of guitar students.

"Guitar trip into the unknown of the great wide open. Not afraid to touch and embellish classic material from the likes of The Fabs and Duke Ellington on his 2003's debut, "Tasty Guitar Lines", this time New Jersey resident Leonid Muhudinov walks his own way with a variety of stringed instruments on his back. Running in with a streamline rock 'n' roll with Beethoven lurking in the shadows, there's a filigree technique on display with no sign of showing off, especially when electricity breaks down into acoustic reverie. But if jazz, country and classical guitar pieces can be expected from the master, the jangly twangy beat of "Ghost Town" comes on as delicious surprise: Hank Marvin has never been so cimenatic - and there's more to the composition, much more! And there's much humor in here, be it Hendrix-cum-Hazel-Hackett transmutations in "Funky Bitch", lush but playful guitar pile-up in "Leonid's Return" or electric sitar of "Samadhi". Highly enjoyable record of rare elegance."

***** - Dmitry M. Epstein, Journalist/DME Music Site .dmme

"What makes of Leonid a cooler cat than those guys is his eclecticism. The tracks included here variate in shade, hue, heaviness and level of exposition; he seems destined to switch moods because that’s his mission. He can play the guitar, but can he hold out attention? This stuff says Yes, and that’s more than most guitar albums can sound off with a straight-note."

For more information or to contact, please visit:
.AdventuresOfLeonid

Screen name:
leonid
Member since:
Jan 02 2008
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
25
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week

Influences

The Beatles, Jeff Beck, Ravi Shankar, Brian May, Slash, Queen, Guns N' Roses, Steve Morse, Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Jimi Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteen, Van Halen, George Harrison, Zappa, Phish, Beach Boys, film and cartoon music, John Williams, Julian Bream, Barrios, Tarrega.

Instrument experience:

Lead Guitar:
Expert
Acoustic Guitar:
Expert
Other:
Expert
Bass Guitar:
Advanced

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