From: NY, United States
Genre: Rock, Fusion , World
Noshir Mody is a stimulating and creative fusion guitarist displaying a beautiful tone, versatility, and inventive ideas on his picturesque originals. His new release "Union Of Hearts", a trio CD with bassist Daniel Foose and drummer Kim Garey, features music that is often introspective and relaxed but full of inner fire.
The same thing can be said for Noshir Mody's style. A technically skilled virtuoso guitarist, Mody prefers to build up his solos slowly and thoughtfully, using space dramatically and making every sound count. On "Union Of Hearts", he makes unusual time signatures sound effortless. “Swirl” is a floating ballad in 7/4 time while “Union Of Hearts”, which is in 5/4, creates an exotic blend of jazz with the feel of Indian music. He creates such atmospheric pieces as “What Is Love?” which is a jazz waltz, the peaceful but quietly heated “Spread Your Wings,” a medium-tempo “My Wish For You” which recalls the Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo, and the upbeat closer “Schwabacher's Landing.” The telepathic interplay between the three musicians make the players seem to think and sound like one, and Noshir Mody carves out his own place in modern music.
Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Noshir Mody is self-taught on guitar, which partly accounts for his unique sound and unclassifiable style. Also a factor is that he grew up hearing a wide variety of music, everything from Al DiMeola's Elegant Gypsy to Indian classical music, rock to music from Bollywood. After he moved to New York in 1995, Mody was fully exposed to jazz and in 1999 founded the EthniFusion ensembles. These ensembles deliver ethnic melodies delicately woven on jazz-rock structures. Here the music is served with a blend of virtuosity, creativity and inspiration providing an experience which carries its listeners through fiery passion and smoldering subtleties.
Mody composed the music on the 2000 release "Escape from oblivion" and reached out to Japanese bassist Nob Kinukawa, drummer Jim Bove from the San Francisco Bay area and New Jersey's Aaron Mutterperl on sax to form the EthniFusion Rock ensemble which performed regularly in the New York/New Jersey area.
A year later Mody teamed up with world class musicians - Australian bassist Adam Armstrong and Turkish percussionist Atilla Engin to form the EthniFusion Jazz Ensemble. This ensemble resulted from a meeting of minds, a harmony of cultural diversity and a synergy of intent as these individuals combined their efforts to deliver music in its purest form. Scaled down to skins and strings, the music is treated with a sympathetic and effective approach - the melodies are heartfelt and the rhythm boils and simmers.
In 2008, after a trip to Alaska, Mody composed "In this world with you", which would a few months later become the title track for his first solo album. The music on this album put the focus on his impressionistic playing and cinematic originals. "In this world with you" is gritty and honest, relaxing and inspiring as each composition is delivered as a personal narration from Mody's life experiences.
Mody currently works with a short list of gifted musicians that include bassists Daniel Foose, Steve Whipple and Danny Zanker, and drummers Kim Garey, Yutaka Uchida and James Windsor-Wells. With the formation of his new trio and the release of Union Of Hearts, Noshir Mody is poised to make a major impact on contemporary music. His group has the ability to create lengthy but melodic improvisations on his songs that bring listeners along on a musical travelogue. His trio has performed in New York at several different venues including the Cin-M-Art Space 17, Public Assembly, Sugar Bar, Nightingales, The Underground and The Linger Cafe and Lounge. For the future, Noshir Mody looks forward to performing at festivals, and bringing his unique ethnic jazz fusion music to the public as often as possible.
For further information contact Noshir Mody at info@NoshirMody.com