Born into a musical family, Michael Leonhart has been making waves in the music and entertainment world since he was 17, when he was honored as the youngest Grammy recipient in history. Since then, he has become a highly sought after trumpet player, producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger. Over the past 15 plus years, Leonhart has performed and/or recorded with some of the best names in music including Yoko Ono, Mos Def, Steely Dan, Brian Eno, James Brown, Bill Withers, David Byrne, and Todd Rundgren, not to mention the 50 plus recordings he has appeared on for Truth & Soul.
However, 2010's Seahorse and The Storyteller, was the first time the world was exposed to the psychedelic, reverb drenched, and highly intimate music that surfaced solely from Leonhart's own imagination. While on the road with Steely Dan in 2005, Leonhart came up with the idea to record a concept record that would meld the styles of Bollywood funk scores, 60's psychedelic rock, and the mythical storytelling of artists like Peter, Paul, & Mary and Donovan. Seahorse and The Storyteller is a modern musical opera that in the words of Leonhart, tells the story of two mythical creatures who meet, fall in love and begin piecing together the mysteries of each others past.
To help see his vision to fruition, Leonhart enlisted the service of a group of New York Studio musicians that have provided the backdrop for records by El Michels Affair, TV on The Radio, Dap-Kings, Antibalas, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, and The Plastic Ono Band. Seahorse is a record that defines genre generalizations and proved to be one of the most enjoyable and interesting records of 2010. With quirky arrangements featuring strings, mellotron, fuzz guitar, horns, vibes, farfisa, gang vocals, and practically every percussion instrument under the sun, Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7 crated a new and unique sound that heavily draws influence from artists like R.D Burman, The Beatles, Fela Kuti, and 60's psychedelia but manages to sound completely fresh and new and like nothing else out there.