Leon Muhudinov is an eclectic Composer/Guitarist/Teacher from the NJ/NYC area. A versatile musician, his musical explorations include beautiful classical guitar repertoire, exotic world music, progrock, as well as cinematic scores for film/tv. He is also founder of art The Adventures of Leonid featuring veteran drummer Mad Mike Cullens (Chuck Berry, Mick Taylor). His music can be found on iTunes, CDBaby, and most other stores.
Formed in 2004, The Adventures Of Leonid is a group led by Guitarist/Composer Leon Muhudinov, which features a rotating lineup of friends and great musicians on various projects in the NJ/NYC area.
AOL’s self-titled debut was released in 2005 on Mad Hands Records. The album was acclaimed by fans and critics alike for its eclectic composition, exciting virtuosity, romanticism and quirkiness. Journalist Dmitry Epstein called it “a highly enjoyable record of rare elegance.”
Leon is also prolific composer, writing in a wide range of styles including classical guitar, orchestral, chamber music, and progrock. In 2011, he was featured as a segment composer for the series Project Oliver. An arranger and transcriber of popular songs and piano music for classical guitar, most recent transcriptions include the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby, as well as Debussy’s Clair de Lune, transcribed for two guitars.
Recently, Leon was selected personally by Roger Taylor, drummer of Queen, as a semi-finalist for their Queen Extravaganza Tour. He also contributed a track to the upcoming Van Halen Tribute album which includes current/former members of Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Yngwie Malmsteen band.
As a performer and recording artist/session musician, Leon's music has been featured internationally on numerous radio stations, podcasts, and film. His versatility as a session guitarist has led to a wide range of studio work and collaborations with some great musicians/projects. 20th Century Guitar Magazine has called him "an artist of some well earned name recognition."
As an experienced and dedicated guitar teacher, Leon keeps a busy schedule of students of all ages and levels teaching them a wide range of styles.
Highly enjoyable record of rare elegance."
- Dmitry M. Epstein, www.DMME.net, DME Music Site
..."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." -- CD Reviews.com
"Want an eclectic, ultra-unique instrumental guitar record for the upcoming summer? Well Leonid Salvaje is back with something special for your listening pleasure with the Adventures of Leonid and the Daydreamers...this is a fun diverse cd that is certainly worth the purchase for anyone that enjoys something different in the realm of instrumental guitar albums."
-- Matthew Hoffman, HardrockHaven.net
"an intriguing CD from an aspiring artist worthy of some well-earned name recognition."
- 20th Century Guitar Magazine
"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"
- Ray Phillips
A Must-Have for fans of instrumental, world, psychedelic, prog, experimental, fusion, soundtracks, etc. (Scroll down for Reviews)
Leonid: electric guitar, classical guitar, electric sitar, vibes, keys, bass, kalimba, etc.
Mad Mike Cullens (Chuck Berry, Mick Taylor): drums, gong,
Produced at Mad Hands Studios, Teaneck NJ
Mastered by Willy Weist, Take Five Studios, Linden NJ
Artwork by Peter Oumanski
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"Guitartrip into the unknown of the great wide open. Highly enjoyable record of rare elegance."
-- Dmitry M. Epstein (Read full review below)