PITTSBURG, Kan. — The six members of the New Horizons Ensemble have toured coast to coast, from San Francisco to the Big Apple. Next Sunday, they'll be making a musical stop in America's heartland.
This genre-defying folk, jazz and world infusion ensemble, led by guitarist-composer and St. Louis native Todd Mosby — known in the industry as the “guitarist's guitarist” — will bring their “acoustic instrumental mix with virtuoso flair” to the Bicknell Family Center for the Performing Arts. Curtains part at 7:30 p.m.
“I compose music to share with others, musicians and audiences alike, so they might in turn express an emotional, heartfelt connection to their environment, personal well being and others,” Mosby said on his website. Known for his affinity with Indian music, he even co-created the creation of a new instrument, the Imrat guitar.
“You can do whatever you put your mind to,” Mosby continued. “So, why not build an instrument? Why not be a guitar player but play Indian music?' It wasn’t rebelliousness, it was a persistent curiosity and an unrelenting passion and a drive to expand the creative process at all costs.”
New Horizons Ensemble's intentions “is to transform lives through the music we present.”
The band's longstanding hallmarks have been a “perfect blend of sight, sound, precision and wit,” helping them become one of the most entertaining and unique contemporary acoustic instrumental groups currently touring in the United States.
Joining Mosby on stage will be Jeff Haynes (drums), Michael Manring (fretless bass), Premik R Tubbs (woodwinds/lap steel), Lola Toben (lead vocals/piano) and Bryan Toben (guitar). The six musicians have won a number of awards and nominations, including both Grammy nods as well as Player of the Year awards.
Tickets are on sale now.