Leon Muhudinov is a guitarist-composer-educator based in the New Jersey/NYC area. His musical fantasies embrace sensitive classical guitar repertoire, exotic world and ethnic fusion, psychedelic progressive rock, and cinematic scores for film and TV. He is currently working on a recording of early lute & guitar music, and recently performed on the Guitar Wizards compilation CD featuring members of Aerosmith, Whitesnake, and Guns N' Roses, to be released on Versailles Records in 2014.
Described as "an artist of some well earned name recognition" and "one of the most versatile guitarists around" by 20th Century Guitar Magazine, Leon enjoys writing in a wide range of styles. Common themes include eccentric, idiosyncratic characters and ideologies, mysticism, other-worldly discoveries, the struggle of a road less traveled, and harmony with nature. "Although I feel our perceptions of sound are rather limited in accordance with the universal phenomenon of music, I am really interested in how and why we are moved by certain frequencies and how it relates to the world around us, as well as our history. Take two notes for example; what is their relationship and how can they be so powerfully expressive in their interaction?"
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 is an active advocate for animal rights, environmental, and humanitarian causes to help raise awareness, respect, and compassion for our world and all of the creatures with whom we share this planet. In 2011, he was featured as a segment composer for the series Project Oliver, directed by Andy Cockrum. The series hopes to inspire funding and building an improved space for primates such as Oliver, "the missing link" chimpanzee, who was rescued from laboratory testing (www.ProjectOliver.com) He also performed for the Global Human Rights Torch Relay and Edison Wetlands restoration benefit.
In 2011, Leon was selected by Roger Taylor, drummer of Queen, as a semi-finalist for their Queen Extravaganza Tour. He is also featured on the Van Halen Tribute album, Take Your Whiskey Home, which includes current/former members of Aerosmith, Journey, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Yngwie Malmsteen band, released on Versailles Records in 2012. Leon also performs on their Guitar Wizards compilation CD, to be released in 2014.
Leon is a passionate guitar teacher maintaining a busy schedule of students from beginners to advanced players and performers, in Bergen County, NJ. An active performer and recording artist, Leon's music has been featured internationally on radio, film, and podcasts while his versatility as a session guitarist has led to a variety of studio work and collaborations.
His music can be found at iTunes, CDBaby, and most other music retailers.
"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."
2003 Tasty Guitar Treats
2005 The Adventures of Leonid feat. MadMike Cullens on drums (Artwork by Peter Oumanski) MAD HANDS RECORDS
2011 Romance Anonimo (single)
2012 Take Your Whiskey Home: Tribute to Van Halen feat. members of Aerosmith, Journey, Dio, etc. VERSAILLES RECORDS
2013 Clair de Lune (single)
2013 America the Beautiful (single)
2015 Guitar Wizards vol. 3/4 feat. Blues Saraceno (Poison), Tony Franklin (Whitesnake), Tracy G (Dio), etc. VERSAILLES RECORDS