From: NJ, US

Genre:
Rock, Classical, Instrumental Guitar

The Adventures Of Leonid is a progressive rock group led by guitarist/composer Leon Muhudinov. Their 2005 debut album was acclaimed by fans and critics alike for its eclectic composition, virtuosity, romanticism and quirkiness. Journalist Dmitry Epstein called it “a highly enjoyable record of rare elegance.”


The Adventures Of Leonid feature a rotating lineup of friends and great musicians. 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, psychedelic surf rock, and Eastern melodies.


Leon Muhudinov is a guitarist-composer-educator based in NJ/NYC. Described as “an artist worthy of well-earned name recognition and one of the most versatile guitarists around” by 20th Century Magazine, his versatility has led to a diverse range of projects including classical guitar performances, instrumental duo Combo Combo, exotic world fusion, prog rock, and jam band music.


He has also contributed music for independent films and National Geographic documentaries dealing with animal rights, environmental, and humanitarian issues.


In addition to his solo releases, Leon has worked and appeared on recordings alongside members of Chuck Berry, Metropolitan Opera, Journey, Dio, and Whitesnake, and was featured on Guitar Wizards and and A Tribute to Van Halen, released by Versailles Records.


He performs regularly in a variety of settings and maintains a busy schedule of guitar students. For music links, show dates, and more information, please visit: www.AdventuresofLeonid.com


"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 www.dmme.net


"An artist worthy of some well-earned name recognition."


- 20th Century Guitar Magazine


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."


- Hansel Mercher


Hi, I have your CDs and I love your music, special “Bi-Polar Sunshine” –- Rosie, MD


"I was always a fan of Leon's work in his band, and each album left me wanting more. There was a certain style to all the songs. And now with this album, I can see where that style comes from. This is a wonderful technical/heavy/light/classic/contemporary kind of thing, but its not just limited to those adjectives. The moods change in a natural flow, and there is a perfect blend of piano, guitar, and other instruments. The tracking may be a bit strange, but even that adds the beautifully contorted themes. the bottom line is that it is inspirational and compelling." -- Demi, NJ


“The varied experimentation and delivery of the album is wonderfully unpredictable, evokes a multitude of moods for a mulitude of experiences, like any adventure should” --Gokhan, Bulgaria


“The music on this CD shifts from shred, surf, rock, fusion, and experimental styles in a series of smooth transitions. Just when you think you know what to expect from Leon's music, he'll throw in a curve and surprise you with a fresh new idea” –- Rob


“Listen up….and learn something. A journey that is exotic, erotic, and electronic, this album takes you around the world in Magellan-like fashion. The sea is absolutely ferocious at times but as dawn approaches, a beautiful sunrise develops and the waters are as calm and soothing as the Mediterranean Sea, as the listener goes to shore, puts on some sunglasses, and drinks a margarita on the beach - Philips, NJ


Instrumentation

Leonid: electric guitar, keys, bass, classical guitar, electric sitar, kalimba.

Mad Mike Cullens (Chuck Berry, Max Middleton) : drums, percussion


Discography

The Adventures of Leonid and the Daydreamers CD (2005)


Guitar Wizards Compilation (2015)


Take Your Whiskey Home: Tribute to Van Halen CD featuring current/former members of Journey, Aerosmith, Yngwie Malmsteen

(2012)


Dr Mannequin CD (2004)


Tasty Guitar Treats CD (2003)



Links

http://www.adventuresofleonid.com