Leon Muhudinov is a guitarist-composer-teacher based in NJ. Described as an “artist worthy of some 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 and Morricone.
Introduced to a wealth of music by his parents, Leon took up the guitar at an early age and built a strong foundation with classical guitar teacher, George Glock. He later met luthier/fingerstyle extraordinaire Tom Doyle, who inspired another dimension in his playing. Other influences include Impressionism, Agustin Barrios, John Williams, Julian Bream, The Beatles, film scores, Steve Howe, Phish, Queen, Deep Purple, Jeff Beck, Slash, Frank Zappa, Chet Atkins, and various world music.
Leon’s 2003 solo album, Tasty Guitar Treats, was a mix of 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. AoL’s 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 independent film and National Geographic 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. 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, alongside current/former members of Aerosmith, Journey, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Yngwie Malmsteen band, released on Versailles Records. Other compilations include Guitar Wizards Vol 3 in 2014 and tributes to Deep Purple and Queen.
Leon has worked and appeared on recordings alongside members of Chuck Berry, Journey, Dio, 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 to students throughout Bergen County NJ and beyond.