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New Age: Contemporary Instrumental New Age: New Age Moods: Instrumental Moods: Type: Instrumental World: Native American

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Joseph L Young

Joseph L Young has spent his entire life intimately involved with music. He began playing saxophone in sixth grade, continuing through high school and into college where he played in the schools' bands: jazz, symphonic, pep and marching. Various teachers introduced him to jazz (both standard and contemporary/smooth), e.g. Spyro Gyra and David Sanborn, as well as the new age music of Mannheim Steamroller and Kitaro. Young had an immediate affinity for the latter two owing to how they combined synthesizers and real instruments. Other music "loves" included soundtrack composers (e.g. Henry Mancini, John Williams and Michael Kamen) and electronic music pioneers Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno and Vangelis.

Attending Boise State University, Young took courses in all manner of music and electronic media recording, editing, performance and production as well as working as a stagehand for concerts and plays. After two years at Boise State, he transferred to the Art Institute in Seattle, earning his degree in Music and Video Business. Upon graduation, he returned to Boise, finding work as a sound engineer for a large church as well as for music festivals held at Boise State. He studied computer editing (it was in its infancy) and was hired to edit radio broadcast performances. He co-founded and played sax in the smooth jazz group Mobius Trip while also playing flutes and percussion in the Celtic band Beltane. His flute-based music grew in popularity which led to him appearing at major flute festivals throughout the U.S. He also began teaching in group settings and privately, both while traveling and at home.

He eventually realized it was time to record the kind of music that had been building up inside him since he first developed a love for music. Pathways arrived in 2004 and Face the Wind in 2010. 2013's Life Spring grew out of a collaboration with the Idaho Dance Theater, a professional dance company that had commissioned Young to write music for a water-themed show. In 2016, Young released Ethereum, and followed up with Every Moment in 2018. Both albums won Triple Silver Medals for Outstanding Achievement in the Global Music Awards categories of Best Composer, Instrumentalist and Album, and are continuing to draw raves reviews and garner broad radio and internet airplay as well as awards and Top 5 chart placements on noted outlets such as One World Music (UK) and Zone Music Reporter. The title track from Ethereum won the prestigious Indian Summer Music Award in the Native Spirit category. Young's current album, Every Moment, released in late March 2018, places the instrument emphasis on saxophone, as opposed to flute, but is still anchored in his usual flowing new age melodicism. Every Moment has been hailed as a literal redefinition of the New Age genre, and a recording that is unique, ground-breaking and breathtakingly gorgeous.

Young annually performs and teaches at various flute gatherings, festivals, and at schools throughout the country. His is always adding more instruments to his repertoire including ethnic flutes from many cultures spread across the globe, e.g. Native, Pueblo/Anasazi, Irish pennywhistle, and Chinese xiao and many more. He supplements the flutes with hammered dulcimer, udu drum, Chinese erhu, Celtic harp and percussion, as well as saxophone, synthesizer and the metal Moyo drum. He continues playing with groups (Celtic-fusion Thee Corvids, Latin-rock Restless Souls, and various R&B groups), also sharing his expertise through private lessons and group instruction.

Young is a second degree black belt in Chinese Shao-Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi. Having spent 14 years studying the martial arts discipline, he carries many of the philosophies of grounding, breathing, inner balance and training into his musical performances and teachings. 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. He adds "I want my music to take listeners on a journey of discovery, to help them work through their emotions, releasing the negative, as they grow and change, and serving as a catalyst to help with their transformation."

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.