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Todd Clouser

Todd Clouser is a composing guitarist, songwriter and performer based between Mexico City and the USA. Combining elements of rock, jazz blues, spoken word and improvised musics, Clouser has toured the world with his group A Love Electric, as a solo act and performed alongside luminaries from John Lurie to John Zorn, Flea, Cyro Baptista, John Medeski, Keb Mo, and more, performing at rock, jazz and world music festivals across the globe.

Clouser's prolific output and genre-evading creativity had NPR call Todd “a fascinating musician ..... (he) doesn't belong to any scene and doesn't want to”, Time Out NYC hailing his rock jazz trio A Love Electric as “illuminating”, and Mexico City's La Jornada mentioning the group as “one of the most important acts of recent years”. A native of Minneapolis, MN, Clouser grew up traveling the USA following his favorite artists and self publishing poetry and recordings before being signed to Ropeadope Records for his first “proper” release, entitled “A Love Electric”. As time and tours passed, A Love Electric became a band, first an instrumental act joined by NYC downtown scene heroes Steven Bernstein, Cyro Baptista, and Billy Martin, eventually settling as a trio that explores Clouser's songwriting while honoring the inquisition and fearlessness or jazz tradition, with Hernan Hecht on drums and Aaron Cruz on bass. The trio has gone on to release 6 records on labels in the US and Mexico while performing nearly 1,000 concerts in the span of 7 years.

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”Like Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot, Clouser is a formidable jazz guitarist who doesn't shy away from playing other musical styles.” - The Madison Isthmus (thedailypage.com)

“Does it all, musically, socially, politically. Enjoy” - Steven Bernstein, Grammy nominated trumpeter ”Todd Clouser has been a Multi talented entity at my studio as an independent engineer, producer, and contributor to tribute record production for me. As well as being an excellent producer, songwriter, singer and musician, his band has recorded here, showing exciting potential to national attention.” - Brian Bart — winner of multiple Minnesota Music Awards, Logic Recordings, Producer, Engineer, Composer

“plays the piss out of the guitar” - Alex Depue, International Award Winning violinist

“A young, genre-defying guitarist, composer, and writer, Todd Clouser is an accomplished musician across the modern jazz and rock spectrum, leading a unique path to recognition as an up and coming act, performing with musicians from Keb Mo to “downtown” NYC jazz legend Steven Bernstein. Clouser's impassioned performances run from piano balladry to dense jazz and groove, exciting audiences with an approach meant to bend the rules of artistic labeling

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Royal Potato Family
2012

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A Love Electric

Ropeadope
2011

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