Maxim Moston was born in Moscow, Russia and emigrated to the States with his family in 1979, settling in New York City. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall when he was twelve and at CBGB when he was sixteen. Since then, Maxim has been straddling the classical and pop worlds as a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer and producer.
He maintains an active career as a freelance violinist in New York City and is a member of numerous orchestras, chamber music groups and Broadway pits. He was a founding member of electro-acoustic pioneers Slow Six and performs extensively with Redhooker. The list of artists Maxim has collaborated with runs the gamut from the Cleveland Quartet to MIchel LeGrand to Envanescence and Jay-Z.
He has performed in many of the world’s cultural capitals as violinist and musical director of Antony and the Johnsons, as well as in Hal Wilner’s brilliant Leonard Cohen tribute, Came So Far For Beauty, featured in the film Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man.
Maxim’s arrangements and orchestrations can be heard on numerous albums, from his friends Edison Woods, Ana Silvera and Joan As Policewoman to worldwide releases from Antony and the Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright, Keren Ann and Josh Groban. His orchestration of William Basinski’s Disintegration Loop 1.1, premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the tenth anniversary of the events of September 11th was met with glowing reviews.
Maxim is busy as a composer for film and stage and is a recipient of the ASCAP Boosey And Hawkes Prize. As a producer, Maxim has worked with Rufus Wainwright, as well as with Baby Dee, with whom he recorded the critically acclaimed Book Of Songs For Anne Marie. He is currently working with Matteah Baim on an upcoming album entitled Falling Theater.
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“Willy Mason is one of the greatest Songwriters of our generation. In the UK his music is held up with the legends, and has inspired many people I know. Moving to the US this year and establishing Communion further in North America, I have been stunned by how little familiarity there is with Willy’s music, I am stunned by how few people have been touched by his songs. And this emotion, one of injustice, is exactly why I started Communion with my friends and partners in the UK in the first place. It takes Champions to bring this quality of music to the masses, it takes a music magazine editor championing to their readers, a radio DJ championing to their listeners, or the next person who you walk past in the street telling their best friend about the latest Willy Mason record whilst having a beer after a long day at work. It’s either that, or we can just be spoon fed the latest musical package off the production line, mass marketed and mass advertised to the point that you know the inane words to the song and you don’t even know why. Willy Mason sings songs to your soul, and it feels good.” -Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons, Communion Co-Founder)
Five years in the making, ‘Carry On’ finds Mason at the peak of his powers, being heralded by fans and critics alike as producing his best work to date. Touring and collaborating in 2012 with a new wave of folk influenced artists like Mumford & Sons and Ben Howard, Mason’s inimitable gravel deep vocal delivery and unique rhythmic sound has resonated with a new audience as well as more than satisfying his loyal fan base who have followed Masons ascent from the progressive sound of his 2004 release Where the Humans Eat, which included the now classic song “Oxygen”. ‘
Carry On’, produced by Dan Carey (MIA, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand), is Mason’s debut fulllength album for Communion Records, the influential UK based record label co-founded by Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons). The label has been home to notable artists Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, Gotye, Daughter and more. Communion’s love and respect for Willy was cemented through Lovett touring with Mason – seeing the new songs take shape and evolve live.
Following a sold out March tour in the UK culminating at London’s Koko (at 1,300 tickets) along with appearances at Glastonbury, Latitude, T In the Park, Isle of Wight, and more, Willy Mason will hit the road again with Mumford & Sons’ performing at The Gentleman Of The Road Stopover Shows.
Willy was just 19 when he was discovered by an associate of Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), which led to the release of his debut album, ‘Where the Humans Eat’ on Oberst’s Team Love record label. It was a record that showed us a young man with a tremendous, broad-oaked voice, a great songwriting talent, and a peculiar wisdom beyond his years. In 2007, he returned with ‘If The Ocean Gets Rough’, an album that only underlined his ability to capture the spirit of a time, a place, and a generation. Mason earned massive critical commercial in the UK, selling 150k records and performing to thousands as a headline artist.
In the years that followed, Mason kept himself busy: writing songs of course, but also playing in friends’ bands, promoting shows, teaching music classes, as well as a little shell-fishing, and hosting a radio talk show called ‘The Fish & Farm Report’. “The diversity and the range of experiences gave me a chance to learn a lot more about music.” Mason says. “I got to further my musicianship. I came to see playing shows and entertainment as a fundamental part of society, and I’m just playing my role.”
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