World-flute master, saxophonist and keyboardist Joseph L Young brings together global musical traditions that mix primal earthiness with modern synthesized sounds to move the listener's soul to a more relaxed and positive state. As a versatile and gifted multi-instrumentalist, Young combines the ancient with the contemporary to create music which reaches beyond the boundaries typically expected in the new age and world music genres.
His primary instruments are saxophone and a wide variety of ethnic flutes from around the world (Native American wood flutes, the Pueblo/Anasazi flute, Irish pennywhistle, Chinese xiao, the modern mathematical Phi flute, South and Central American clay drone flute and others). He supplements his compositions by adding his own vocals and playing keyboard, synthesizer and percussion, and also invites guest musicians to collaborate from time to time.
Young’s music is available as CDs and digital downloads from many different online sales sites including GooglePlay, CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, eMusic and many others. His most recent release, Every Moment, follows four previous recordings -- Ethereum, Life Spring, Face The Wind and Pathways.
Young's exquisite melodies are brought forth with interweaving interplay between instruments and a sense of deep passion and feeling. His compositions are truly world-fusion music, grounded in the past, created for today's listeners and reflecting a heart-touching spirituality. The music is often soft and gentle, with light rhythm, perfect for relaxation, healing, slow exercise or touch therapies. But the melodies and arrangements are also designed for active listening and contain developments that reward, engage and entertain upon close study. His songs have been hailed as healing, inspiring and beautifully haunting, transporting the listener on a personal journey to other worlds.
Young is not only a proficient musician and recording artist, but also an exciting and engaging on-stage performer (known for his improvisational abilities), in-demand instructor, recording engineer, composer, producer and arranger. He annually performs and teaches at the Pacific Northwest Native American Flute Gathering on Vashon Island, Washington; the Summer Solstice Flute Festival and School in Utah; and the Zion Canyon Native Flute School near Zion National Park, Utah, in addition to headlining at festivals across the Nation. He is constantly adding more world flutes to his repertoire, but in addition to his acclaim as a world flutist, Young is a highly-accomplished saxophonist (his first instrument) which he placed at the forefront of his groundbreaking newest album, Every Moment.
Joseph L Young has spent his entire life intimately involved with music and music technology. As a child Joe remembers seeing "The Captain and Tennille" show on television and being mesmerized by the Captain surrounded by numerous keyboards. "When I was 12 I got a Commodore 128, and learned to program the music chip. I hooked a keyboard up to the computer and that got me started recording music. I got heavily into keyboards and synthesizers and layering music." He began playing saxophone in the sixth grade, and all the way through high school and into college he played in the school jazz bands, symphonic bands, pep bands and marching bands (drum major for two years).
In school he had teachers who introduced him to mainstream jazz standards, contemporary jazz (Dave Koz, Spyro Gyra, David Sanborn), and the new age music of Mannheim Steamroller. "I immediately liked what Chip Davis did with Mannheim, and other acts like Kitaro, who combined synthesizers and real instruments. I also enjoyed movie music by Henry Mancini, John Williams and Michael Kamen, and new age artists such as Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno and Vangelis. I remember hearing a progressive Martin Denny album where he combined interesting sounds like a moog-theremin keyboard with nature sounds."
During Young's first two years at Boise State University he majored in music and took courses in music recording, radio, video recording and editing, television, concert performance sound and lights, film soundtracks and communications. He also worked as a stagehand at the college auditorium for concerts (Alan Parsons, Weird Al Yankovic, Tori Amos) and plays (Les Miserables, Cats). Young then transferred to the Art Institute in Seattle, Washington, and earned his degree in Music and Video Business.
After college he moved back to Boise, Idaho, and became a sound engineer for a large church and for music festivals held at the college. He studied computer editing when that technology was in its infancy, and was hired to edit performances for radio broadcasts. He co-founded and played sax in a smooth jazz group (Mobius Trip) while also playing flutes and percussion in the Celtic band Beltane. As demand for his flute-based music grew, Young began appearing at major flute festivals throughout the United States which also led to teaching, both group instruction and private lessons. Young continues learning to play additional ethnic flutes from many cultures and countries. Currently, in addition to his own performances, he plays with the Celtic-fusion group Thee Corvids (flutes, sax, percussion and vocals), the Latin-rock Restless Souls Band (sax and flutes), the R&B McGinnis Holt Band (sax), and as a guest musician for several other bands.
Young began recording and releasing his own albums in 2004 (the first three included several guest musicians). The album Life Spring grew out of a collaboration with the Idaho Dance Theater, a professional dance company that commissioned Young to write music about the many aspects of water for a themed show. His fourth and fifth self-produced albums Ethereum (2016) and Every Moment (2018) are Triple Silver Medal Winners for Outstanding Achievement in the Global Music Awards categories of Best Composition/Composer, Instrumentalist and Album. Both albums have also debuted and remained charted for many months in the Top 10 on Zone Music Reporter and One World Music Radio. Young's much anticipated fifth album Every Moment is primarily new age saxophone and has been hailed as redefining the New Age genre.
Young has lived most of his life in Idaho, and much of his work is inspired by nature. One of his goals is to make "music without boundaries" which offers a universal sound that everyone can enjoy. Another of his goals, he says, "is to help people work through their emotions, releasing the negative as they grow and change, and serving as a catalyst to help with their transformation."
Young shares his expertise through private lessons and group instruction at flute schools throughout the Country. With subjects ranging from beginning to advanced flute, to embellishment, improvisation, musical communication, stage craft, showmanship and inspiration, students of all abilities find Joe to be a patient, gracious, motivating and knowledgeable teacher. In his free time, Young enjoys anything to do with music (composing, recording, attending concerts), movies and live theater, camping, hiking, and spending time with family and friends and four miniature American Eskimo Dogs.
Member: The Recording Academy (NARAS/Grammy voting member), HMMA (voting member), World Flute Society, ASCAP.
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