Moho Collective @ Cyber Cafe West

176 Main St.
Binghamton, New York 13905

Drawing from disparate styles of music may be hard, but doing it with tastefulness is even harder. Yes, it’s true that The Moho Collective combines a jazz trio’s sophistication, the songwriting savvy of a classic Brill Building production team, the elbow grease of the Muscle Shoals house band, and an arena-rock outfit’s muscles — the band even possesses an orchestra’s penchant for epic gestures and an ethnomusicologist’s drive to understand. But what stands out the most about The Moho Collective’s music is how seamlessly all these sounds come together. Yes, The Moho Collective has the chops to blast the audience in a flurry of notes, but each of the band’s members opts instead to make every note count. In fact, the notes they don’t play say as much as the ones they do..

“Every piece is a musical journey that takes me through a roller coaster of emotion. I’m impressed by the way they coax fresh sounds out of their instruments, showing no fear of dissonance or volume, and no fear of breaking away from the traditional ways instruments are played.”

— Scott Murawski, Max Creek

“Where other improvisational groups revel in the abstract, Moho Collective songs give the listener a sense of place, character, and narrative.”

— Scott Regan, Open Tunings (WXXI)