Keeping the joyous momentum flowing following his being named a Triple Silver Medal Winner for Outstanding Achievement at the Global Music Awards, Joseph L Young creates a fascinating, multi-dimensional musical exploration of time on his highly anticipated new album "Every Moment," being released March 30. On this, his fifth album, acclaimed flutist Joseph L Young returns to the instrument which first awakened his muse—the saxophone. "Every Moment" marries soulful sax with flowing new age melodies, lightly sprinkled with elements of ambient textures and chilled rhythms. All of this is wrapped up in Young's usual top-notch production quality. Prepare to hear Joseph L Young in a whole new light, where every moment is musical bliss.
Over the course of four previous critically acclaimed releases - including 2016's "Ethereum," which pulled off a dynamic trifecta at the awards, winning the Composition/Composer, Instrumentalist and Album categories - the multi-talented instrumentalist and composer has established his unique new age/global fusion sound with ethnic world flutes as his lead instruments. On "Every Moment," his most personal album to date, he returns to his first love, the saxophone, as the lead voice. Guest artists include Rona Yellow Robe (vocals and lyrics on "Letting Go"), Cornell Kinderknecht (bansuri flute on "Time Traveler") and Lisa Bittick (viola on "Chronos Dreams").
"While my wonderfully loyal fan base has long embraced me as a flute player specializing in ethnic instruments from around the world, my first instrument was the saxophone, which I started playing in sixth grade," says Young. "I've played it as an accompanying instrument on several of my prior recordings, and I felt it was time to expand my horizons and explore the emotive possibilities of the soprano, alto and tenor sax as leads. Using the sax as a primary voice is a fresh extension of my core sound. The album also features definite threads of my trademark style of writing and arranging, including my love of exploring global rhythms and a multitude of unique sound combinations."
Young will be hosting and headlining his CD release show as part of the Contemporary Instrumental Concert Series Sunday, April 29 at the Welch Music Center in Boise, ID. Fellow Idaho-based musician Lynn Tredeau will also be performing. The performances run from 6-8:30 p.m. MDT. The Welch Music Center is located at 12516 West Fairview Avenue.
Young, who created all of the stunning graphics and artwork for the album, currently has an "Every Moment" sampler posted on YouTube featuring clips from each track and corresponding images. Working with independent film director Stephanie Michelle Lokelani Cullen, they are finalizing videos for "Every Moment," "Time Traveler" and "Falling Through Time" which combine live performance moments, live actors in real life environments and CGI-created scenes which, in line with the time and quantum physics themes of the album, explore different universes and time dimensions. While the videos can be enjoyed as standalone works or as an interconnected three-part story, the overarching story is of Joe being torn between following his dream of being a musician, artist and composer vs. searching for the love of his life. One "Joe" goes down the musical path, while the other is on a search for love. "Joe" is played by both Young and another actor – both following their passion and finding love in different realms.
"Every Moment" has received across-the-board raves thus far from renowned taste-making media outlets in the new age genre. It is clearly connecting in a deep, resonant way. Kathy Parsons of Mainly Piano writes, "... this album is AMAZING! Ultra-smooth for quiet, relaxing times, it is also packed with substance for those who want to really listen to their music... 'Every Moment' is an exceptional listening experience from the first note to the last, and I give it my highest recommendation."
Steve Sheppard at One World Music echoes: "There are times in my life when I come across an album that is so good it gives me the chills when I least expected it to, but Joseph L Young's latest release 'Every Moment' has done just that, and continues to do so with every play.... Young has opened his heart and embraced his original muse, the saxophone, and manifested something so pristinely beautiful that it will flourish in all corners of the musical world." Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck of New Age Music Reviews adds, "The many layers of instrumentation make the 12 tracks on this CD a delightful journey for the listener. I appreciated the mixture of all the instruments. The use of the synthesizer layered between the sax is brilliant." Dick Metcalf of Contemporary Fusion Reviews writes, "Joseph's high quality work on his new release is one of the best examples of (musical) perfection... 'Prism' perfectly reflects his sincere love for music and the power it has to change the course of humanity . . . truly one of the most emotionally evocative compositions I have listened to in 2018!"
Since the release of his first album "Pathways" in 2004, Young's goal as a composer and musician has been to make "music without boundaries" which offers a universal sound everyone can enjoy. He also wants his music to be healing and to serve as a catalyst for transformation, to help people work through emotions and release the negative as they grow and change. In "Every Moment" he adds thematic elements related to time and his passion for quantum physics and string theory to the multi-faceted presentation. Exploring the concept of time from the abstract to the concrete also manifested into unique time signatures from track to track.
Young shares, "The story behind 'Every Moment' relates to time. Not only in the way we usually perceive it, but also how time relates to those we love. It's the way time can pass in the blink of an eye, and before we know it years have flown by, as if we are 'Falling Through Time.' Or 'Once In A While' time can just stand still in one singular presence of beauty. As I look back on the complex 'Prism' of my life like a 'Time Traveler,' I see how many precious moments have slipped through my fingers. My parents are growing older...my prior marriage dissolved...friends have passed. I don't want to lose another minute of life. So today I strive to be present in 'Every Moment,' to appreciate and love and share, to be real and vulnerable and honest, and above all, to be kind. Not only is this album long overdue, it's also tenderly personal to me. Saxophone is my first instrument, it's my first true love, if you will. It's also my father's favorite instrument. And my beloved wife's -- I wrote the title track for her. I hope my music touches your heart and soul, in the way I created it from my own. Because to me, time translates into love. So the real story behind this album is love."