"An auspicious debut from a soulful musician"
~ John Diliberto (Host of Echoes, the nightly music program heard on 120 + NPR stations nationwide.)
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Alive is the groundbreaking solo release from Todd Boston, the highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist from the San Francisco based Urban Nature Music duo. The richness, skill and sheer beauty of Alive takes the listener on a musical journey into a transcendental space of emotional elevation and pure soulfulness.
A collection of Live Looping Compositions performed in the studio using various forms of looping technology.
This musical journey is intended to take the listener on a journey of heart and soul, to uplift, inspire and transform...
Acoustic Finger-Style Guitar blended with Flute and Percussion create a melodic, rythmic texured of heart, soul and sound.
Joined by Ramesh Kannan on Tabla Drums and Matthew Schoening on Electric Cello.
Todd Boston's music has been gaining popularity and recognition worldwide. He received nominations in the 2004 Arizona Music Awards and in the 2005 California Music Awards. Todd was chosen as Top Performer for Philly Rising at the esteemed World Cafe Live in 2005. His albums Urban Nature, Coming Home and Alive have been consistently featured on Echoes, the two-hour nightly music show heard on over 130 NPR channels and distributed by Public Radio International. Urban Nature Coming Home was recently voted #13 for the Best CDs of 2009 on the Echoes listeners poll. Alive was chosen as the Echoes CD of the month for October 2010.
Todd Boston has been inspired by many artists, from the unique guitar stylings of Stanley Jordan and Jimi Hendrix, to the soulful playing of Eric Clapton and BB King. He has mastered alternative tuning styles in the tradition of Jimmy Page, Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges. Todd has found inspiration in the musicianship of Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, R. Carlos Nakai among others.
Todd is collaborating with Windham Hill Records founder and Grammy Winner William Ackerman on his next full length album due to release in 2011.
"Todd Boston Alive - Echoes CD of the Month "an auspicious debut from a soulful musician" Todd Boston creates deep meditative pieces that swirl with melody, from the refined strains of "Harmony" with Boston weaving flute melodies through his guitar filigree to the gentle sound of "The Brightest Night," where he plays a simple solo line, plucking harmonics against a back drop of bass and crickets. "Midnight Dreaming," is a caravan crossing, with Kannan's tabla groove loping underneath Boston who first plays guitar and then brings in the bansuri flute. Much of it is buoyant, like "Just The Beginning" with its Celtic trilling once Boston hits the solo run. The folk-like refrains of "Skipping" sound like an Appalachian folk song with Indian percussion. Boston isn't afraid to toss anything into the mix, including some country slide guitar on “3AM.” "an auspicious debut from a soulful musician" "
- John Diliberto, Echoes heard on 120+ NPR stations nationwide (Oct 01, 2010)
"Guitarist in the San Francisco based Urban Nature music duo,Todd Boston is making waves as a solo artist with the 2010 CD release of Alive. On Alive,Boston merges his finely tuned finger-style guitar picking with some adventurous modern looping technology and the result makes for an instrumental acoustic guitar album that should have wide crossover appeal among guitar fans and those who enjoy guitar based meditative New Age style instrumentals. Throughout the CD, Boston receives excellent support from his partner in the Urban Nature duo, Ramesh Kannan (tabla) as well as current New Age favorite Matthew Schoening, who adds his cello on a track here. Boston, a guitarist to keep your eye and ears on, is currently planning to record his next upcoming release with Windham Hill Records founder, and New Age enthusiast and guitar virtuoso Will Ackerman.www.ToddBoston.com"
- MWE3 Music Web Express (Oct 26, 2010)