Additionally, as music educators Barclay, Johnson and Rister have never stopped looking at music from the perspective of students: Barclay has studied with Medeski Martin & Wood drummer Billy Martin as well as Brazilian percussion iconoclast Cyro Baptista; Rister with symphonic bassist Gaelen McCormick and percussionist Kristin Shiner-McGuire; and Johnson with Hindustani classical master Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, founder of the Ali Akbar College of Music.
If, when you envision the marriage of electrified rock and jazz, the word "fusion" immediately comes to mind, it's probably best that you think of The Moho Collective in terms culinary fusion instead. Like a team of skilled chefs, the members of The Moho Collective are always keen on making sure that any ingredient they add in a given moment doesn't intrude on the palette. As much stylistic ground as the band covers, each musical element in a Moho composition sits well with the rest. Drawing heavy inspiration from groups like Booker T. and the M.G.s, Santo & Johnny, and The Meters, The Moho Collective places as much of a premium on the art of arrangement as it does on exploration for its own sake. By staying focused in both domains, the music strikes an unparalleled balance.