Bio

Noshir Mody is a stimulating and creative fusion guitarist displaying a beautiful tone, versatility, and inventive ideas on his picturesque originals. Throughout his career, he has recorded and performed consistently rewarding and thought-provoking sets of original music. Mody’s latest set of picturesque and atmospheric jazz, A Burgeoning Consciousness features six of Mody’s originals performed by a superior sextet comprised of the leader’s guitar, alto and tenor-saxophonist Mike Mullan, trumpeter Benjamin Hankle, pianist Campbell Charshee, bassist John Lenis and drummer Yutaka Uchida.

Throughout A Burgeoning Consciousness, Noshir Mody displays his own highly individual sound on the guitar along with a fresh imagination that reflects his wide musical experiences. Born and raised in Bombay, India, he was self-taught on guitar. Mody has stated that his early inspirations included Indian classical music, Al DiMeola's Elegant Gypsy, music from Bollywood, and rock along with the modern jazz guitar masters.

After moving to New York in 1995, Noshir Mody dedicated himself to creative music, regularly leading his own trio in clubs. His original conception to playing music was well showcased in his groups The EthniFusion Rock Ensemble and The EthniFusion Jazz Ensemble, where Mody had a who’s-who of the New York music scene as guest artists including Atila Engin (awarded Danish Composer of the Year ’85, established the World to World Drums and Percussion Festival in Copenhagen), Adam Armstrong (performed w Kenny Kirkland, Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider, Billy Cobham), Dan Jordan (performed w Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, Natalie Cole), Dan Willis (performed w Michael Brecker, Roland Vasquez, John Hollenback, Kenny Wheeler), Bob Magnuson (performed w Whitney Houston, Patti Austin, B.B. King, Issac Hayes) and Mark Weinstein (performed w Eddie Palmieri, Cal Tjader and Tito Puente).

 

Mody’s impressionistic playing and colorful originals are documented in his solo guitar recording In This World With You, his trio set Union Of Hearts and by his quintet and sextet ensembles on the albums Stories From The Years Of Living Passionately and A Burgeoning Consciousness, respectively.

 

Mody has received the Independent Music Awards Best Jazz Instrumental Album nomination (Album: Stories From The Years Of Living Passionately), two Global Music Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the ‘Album’ and ‘Group’ categories respectively (Album: A Burgeoning Consciousness) and has twice received the GASC Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting, Instrumental category for his compositions India (Album: Stories From The Years Of Living Passionately) and Secrets In The Wood And Stone (Album: A Burgeoning Consciousness); among other accolades.

Noshir Mody’s new release An Idealist’s Handbook: Identity, Love and Hope in America 2020 is scheduled to be released this summer. The album features Kate Victor (vocals), Mike Mullan (alto/tenor saxophone), Benjamin Hankle (trumpet/flugelhorn), Campbell Charshee (piano), Yuka Tadano (bass) and Jarrett Walser (drums)

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