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Bicknell Center presents: Todd Mosby New Horizons Ensemble

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November 04, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Bicknell Family Center for the Arts

Address: 1701 S Homer, Pittsburg, KS 66762

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This 6 member ensemble has toured from New York to San Francisco. A genre-defying folk, jazz, world fusion ensemble, this super group includes grammy nominated and winning performers delivering an acoustic instrumental mix with virtuoso flair.  Outreach is available at all levels.

      Todd Mosby - guitar (composer, music director, guitar)

      Jeff Haynes percussion (PatMetheny, Joni Mitchell, Cassandra Wilson, Herbie Hancock)

      Michael Manring - fretless bass (Michael Hedges, Will Ackerman)

      Premik R Tubbs - woodwinds, lap steel (Santana, Sting, Jeff Beck)

      Lola Toben - lead vocals, pianist

      Bryan Toben - vocals, guitarist                 

This ensemble engages audiences at multiple levels. Each song in the set looks different, sounds different and feels different. From the first song to the last, the listener travels an exciting journey which leaves them changed at some level by the end of the evening.

Excellent musicianship, lights, sound, story, media and staging are all used to deliver the highest standards of performance music.

Grammy nominated/winning performers are featured within this award winning ensemble delivering performances which dazzle and “wow” audiences.

Here is a three song synopsis:

"Moon Song" describes the light of a full moon as it casts a soft luminance over a snowcapped Eagle Mountain and surrounding fields signaling the first days of Winter.

"Western Sky describes the light of a western sky as it sets on the beauty of the land.

“Falling Light” is an audience participation piece describing how the sunlight breaks thru clouds after a fresh Spring Rain.

These compositions are brought to life with an exciting virtuoso flair. Our intention is to transforms lives though the music we present.



Master Class: Comparative Study In Classical North Indian & Traditional Jazz Improvisational Forms

Free and open to the public. Sign-up at 12:30pm. Class from 1-3pm.

A comparative analysis between the similarities, differences, developments and advancements of improvisational instrumental found in North India and North America. In depth analysis of the Raga and the Jazz forms as a base for improvisation. Mosby is one of a handful of musicians capable of translating the connections between India, western music’s roots and its development in America.

His years of private study and performances with Ustadt Imrat Khan, a living legend of Classical North Indian music, as well as studies at Berklee College of Music, research at Webster University and 20 years performance experience as a top flight performer of Indian and Jazz music gives Todd unique insights into the workings of these two great improvisational art forms.

As the personal guest lecturer of Ustadt Imrat Khan at Washington University for over six years, Mosby delivers lectures which engage, educate and entertain students and connoisseurs at all levels.

Topics Covered:

  • Classical North Indian music and western music: historical overview
  • Scales used; similarities and differences
  • Rhythmic structures; similarities and differences
  • Solfege and Surgam; treatment of the mean.
  • Improvisation: outer form; overall structural considerations
  • Improvisation: inner form; internal note choice considerations Historical perspective on instrument design in relation to musical advancement.