Guitarist | Composer | Teacher
Leon Muhudinov is a guitarist-composer-teacher based in NJ and the greater NYC area. Described as an “artist worthy of well earned name recognition” and one of the most versatile guitarists around by 20th Century Guitar Magazine, he can be heard performing classical guitar, boom chick, world music, progressive rock, and more.
Leon was recently featured on The Many Faces of Queen, an album including recordings by Queen and Smile, and covers of their songs. The Adventures of Leonid, recorded a cover of “I’m Going Slightly Mad” written by Freddie Mercury. Other recent recordings include Three Odd Numbers, a Halloween-themed release with arrangements of thriller and horror film music by Herrmann, Carpenter, and Morricone.
An eclectic musician and composer, Leon writes music in a wide range of styles. Inspirations include: George Glock, Tom Doyle, Barrios, Tarrega, John Williams, Julian Bream, Paul Galbraith, Satie, Faure, film scores, Phish, 60s Surf, Queen, Deep Purple, Brian May, Slash, Jeff Beck, 70s progressive rock, Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Indian classical music, Zappa, Chet Atkins, Jobim, The Beatles, and various world music.
Leon’s 2003 solo album, Tasty Guitar Treats, combined classical, new age, and country-jazz influences; an assortment of originals, and popular covers by the Beatles, Chet Atkins, and Scott Joplin. He later formed The Adventures of Leonid, an instrumental group featuring a rotating lineup of friends and musicians on various projects. The Adventures of Leonid self-titled debut was released in 2005 on Mad Hands Records and features veteran drummer, Mad Mike Cullens (Chuck Berry, Mick Taylor). Combining elements of rock, classical, funk, surf, and Eastern melodies, journalist Dmitry Epstein called it “a highly enjoyable record of rare elegance.”
Leon has contributed music to films dealing with animal rights, environmental, and humanitarian issues. In 2011, he was featured as a composer for Project Oliver, a series to build improved spaces for rescued primates such as Oliver, "the missing link" chimpanzee. Film credits include The Other Man: F.W. de Klerk and The End of Apartheid and Under Cane for National Geographic. He also performed for the Global Human Rights Torch Relay and Edison Wetlands restoration benefit.
In 2012, Leon was featured on the Van Halen Tribute album, Take Your Whiskey Home, released on Versailles Records. Other contributions include Guitar Wizards Vol. 3 in 2014 and tributes to Deep Purple and Queen in 2020.
Leon has worked and appeared on recordings alongside members of Aerosmith, Chuck Berry, Journey, Dio, Poison, Whitesnake, Garden State Opera, and Broadway. He performs solo, and with other projects throughout the Tri-State area.
Passionate about sharing the gift of music, Leon maintains a busy schedule of guitar lessons and music classes to students throughout Bergen County, NJ and online. As a guitar teacher and mentor, he helps dedicated guitarists overcome challenges so they can grow as musicians, discover joy in their practice, and experience their own music journey...