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Ethereum

by Joseph L Young

Exquisite heart-touching melodies with a variety of ethnic flutes interwoven with traditional and modern instruments, bringing forth a sense of deep passion and spirit. Ethereum is truly world-fusion music, grounded in the past, created for healing today.
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1. Wavelength
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2. Ethereum
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3. Shimmer
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4. Boundless
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5. Illumination
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6. Past Lives
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7. Entangled
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8. Drift
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9. Free
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10. Crystal Sunrise
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11. Flirting with Fireflies
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12. Sapphire Moon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
On his fourth album, Ethereum, world-flute master 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 a wide variety of ethnic flutes from around the world (Native American wood flutes, the Pueblo/Anasazi flute, Irish pennywhistle/tin whistle, Chinese xiao, the modern mathematical Phi flute, South and Central American clay drone flute and others). He supplements the flutes with traditional instruments from many countries including hammered dulcimer, udu drum, Chinese erhu, Celtic harp and various ethnic percussion, but also modern instrumentation such as saxophone, synthesizer and the metal Moyo drum.

Young’s exquisite melodies are brought forth with interweaving interplay between instruments and a sense of deep passion and feeling. Ethereum is 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). He always plays saxophone on at least one tune each album, and he also performs on the instrument in several bands on a regular basis.

Young says, “I titled the recording Ethereum as a take-off on ‘ethereal’ because some of the music has a bit more of an ambient sound than some of my previous work. I created the album cover to show that water and flora may exist in other places in the cosmos.”

Young has lived most of his life in Idaho, and much of Ethereum was inspired by nature. “‘Crystal Sunrise’ is about getting up early in the morning when the air is crisp and fresh, and enjoying a perfect sunrise over the mountains and a crystal blue lake, the start of a new day with positive expectations. On ‘Flirting With Fireflies’ I tried to capture the lightness and fun of chasing after a firefly in the early dusk and watching one glow in your hand. ‘Sapphire Moon’ is an homage to a rare and special moon of extraordinary beauty. ‘Boundless’ has two meanings. It reminds me of hiking to the top of a mountain where you can see the valley you left behind, but also vast vistas of where you can still go. In addition, one of my goals is to make ‘music without boundaries’ and this song, together with all of the music on this album, is my offering of a universal sound that everyone can enjoy.”

Ethereum also was influenced by metaphysical contemplation. “Illumination,” featuring the Chinese xiao flute, is about “self discovery, realizing a truth, or, like with Eastern philosophy, when an idea becomes clear.” Young composed “Free” about “when you are on a journey and you realize your past does not define you, that you can let go and be healed, be free.” The tune features a Central American clay flute, the Chinese erhu (a one-string violin) and hammered dulcimer. Young explains that “Past Lives” can be about reincarnation, but also the fact that “we start out at one place in our lives, go through many changes, and end up a different person in another place.” “Entangled” musically captures physical and mental intimacy exemplified by a flute and saxophone duet. In “Shimmer” Young intertwines low whistle and tin whistle flutes with a Celtic harp. For this piece he envisioned the glistening sunlight dancing on the ripples of a lake and through the mountain tree leaves. Other tunes -- “Wavelength,” “Ethereum” and “Drift” -- contain music with meditative, ethereal elements.

Young 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 band Chubby Lovin' (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 self-produced album Ethereum released in 2016 is a Triple Silver Medal Winner for Outstanding Achievement in the Global Music Awards categories of Best Composition/Composer, Instrumentalist and Album, reached #1 on One World Music Radio's Top 100 Chart and was voted #3 Best New Age Album of the Year and nominated for Album of the year, is enjoying its seventh month on Zone Music Reporter's Top 100 Chart where it debuted at #6 and qualified for Best Relaxation/Meditation Album of the Year, and has three songs currently nominated for Indian Summer Music Awards. Young is working on his fifth album which will be primarily new age saxophone, expected to release in early 2018.

“I have been exploring music for a long time that is good for meditation and relaxation,” says Young. “One of my goals is to help people work through their emotions, releasing the negative as they grow and change. I hope my music can serve as a catalyst to help with their transformation. It can be challenging to compose meditative music that is also interesting as a deep listening experience.”

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Listening to the music of Joseph L. Young on his fourth and latest release, I was transported by his exquisite blend of the earthy and the ethereal… the worldly and the otherworldly. Over the course of 12 luminous tracks, Joseph creates an alchemical blend of the natural sounds of a variety of flutes from different cultures, world music instruments such as hammered dulcimer, udu drum, tin whistle, Chinese erhu, Celtic harp and various ethnic percussion, with ambient synthesizer soundscapes, atmospheric electronic textures, and even a bit of saxophone. The result is quite transcendental, taking the listener on a journey to serene sonic vistas.

In this age of downloading single tracks, I couldn’t agree more with Joseph as he shared: “I also love the concept of having an album be a total listening experience from beginning to end, where the order of songs and how they fit together takes the listener on an extended journey that lasts for the length of the album.” And that sonic excursion gets off to a meditative start right from the opening track. While the ancient Pueblo (Anasazi) flute Joseph plays has links to the ancient past, it is set against a background of spacious synthesizers and subtly morphing electronic ambiance that is a perfect example of the worldly/otherworldly contrast mentioned earlier. This is followed by the title track, which adds an additional earthy element with the use of percussion. Interestingly, however, the percussion is not used to create a rhythm, but is more for accents, such as an occasional rattle, shaker, or bell sound.

A different vibe is felt on “Shimmer,” as gently plucked harp arpeggios combined with low whistle and high tin whistle create a bit of a Celtic feel. The sound of rain adds yet another dimension to this lovely piece. On “Boundless,” unlike the title track, the percussion is used rhythmically in a slow ceremonial-type beat, along with Native flute, and chanting by Joseph and Lenise Redding. On a number of tracks, Joseph combines various flutes from different cultures within a song, as in “Illumination” that blends a low E Native American flute with the higher pitched Chinese xiao flute. The album draws to a peaceful dreamy conclusion with “Sapphire Moon,” that features the Phi flute, which is tuned using the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci sequence, as known in sacred geometry.

Joseph feels a special calling to create music that touches the listener on a deep heart and soul level. In his words: “One of my goals is to make ‘music without boundaries’ and all of the music on this album is my offering of a universal sound that everyone can enjoy.” “Ethereum” offers a beautiful collection of diverse meditative music with substance that works equally well as an active listening experience or a background soundscape.

To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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Steve Sheppard (www.oneworldmusic.co.uk)

Review from One World Music Radio
The delights of a good flute player are pleasing to the ear and mind, the pleasures of an excellent flute player are good for the heart and soul, and as is the case with Joseph L Young, they bring balance and harmony to the ever increasing cacophony of life’s frenetic life style.
Young is back with a new album called Ethereum, and from the very first offering called Wavelength, is as soft and silky as a summer cloud in July. The connection here is both clever and stylish, as we connect with the wavelength of Young’s intent, and begin yet another wonderful musical journey together.
Ethereum as an album is very appealing and as a track, most exquisite in its construction, the plethora of flutes used in its manifestation are numerous, and thanks to these magicians of musical making, we can with ease, visualise wide open vista’s, beautiful forests growing in abundance in the early morning light, all in an utterly wonderful ethereal mist filled way.
Shimmer continues our enchanting journey through this strange new world of a flute blessed paradise, as we listen carefully to its tones, one can be reminded of a little Celtic nature that seems to be opening up before us. This most pleasant of melodies is simple, but created with a real gentle heart.
We now find our way to a pathway that is Boundless. The Native American flute is imperious here; the artist creates images in our minds eyes of deep pine forests and full flowing streams that crash down from tall imposing mountain ranges. There is a real vastness to this composition that has to be listened to many times over to be truly appreciated.
Illumination seems to flow from the previous track with ease, but with a change of flute comes a change of energy. We go now from west to east, and while the vista could possibly be very similar, there is a different overall construction to the composition. As we wander through its spiritual tones, one can feel an awakening, a satori of a kind, we begin our Illumination, and shine.
Past Lives is a subject that used to be close to my heart, I had worked on them for a few years, and now with lessons learned, I focus entirely on the life that I am living now. The dark and aged sounds created by Young, are very deep and it is as if the composition itself is moving through time, with the slow march of certainty built neatly within.
A slight alteration of style sees Young perform on Saxophone as well as flute, this is Entangled, and while the backdrop is moody, the whole arrangement is about a instrumental duet between Flute and Sax, and the interplay that it forms is delightful to listen to and fun to enjoy the dance that it creates with such panache.
I always like a moment to just, Drift, we have such a moment now, this is a flute based twinkling of meditative magic for us all to enjoy and simply float with. It’s ethereal, smooth and simply a wonderful realm to just wander in and as the artists says, just drift!
The longest piece off the release at just less than five and a half minutes is called Free. For me this is one of the most poignant tracks off the album, the added vocals here say it all, it’s time to be free and wash away all that is holding you back, all that you thought to be true about yourself, and simply be Free. This was my favourite song from this brilliant album; it reminded me of my friend Nigel Shaw from Dartmoor in style on flute, but the nice use of crescendo and the positive vibe that it contains really makes for me, the stand out composition from Ethereum.
Sunsets are supreme to witness, sunrises even more so, as they hail the beginning of a new day and another opportunity to do something special. This is Joseph L Young’s opportunity to shine, as he performs an uplifting opus of sun filled pleasure on the track Crystal Sunrise.
I remember Fireflies from my time in the Midwest, I used to sit there and marvel at their light dance in the dark, and smile, of all the wondrous creatures on creator’s earth, these amazing little insects, will always have a special place in my heart. Young has created that dance right here, the light percussion combines superbly with the flute, while we enjoy Flirting with Fireflies.
Our last offering is called Sapphire Moon, and is one of the gentlest tracks off the album; with ease we could sit outside in the dark night sky and simply observe this beautiful moment occur before our very eyes and this piece would be that sound track of the moment.
Ethereum is an album of pure bliss; it has a perfect sense of balance in its overall manifestation and creation, the tones are calming, the flutes are Young’s paint brushes and here our artist in residence has demonstrated and exhibited his best works for us to all enjoy. Ethereum is one of those albums; it is a creation of good honest skill and abundant talent. Joseph L Young and Ethereum, is a must for all who seek a little moment of sanity in a world filled with craziness.
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HelenaDee

JOSEPH L YOUNG PLAYS WORLD FLUTES WITH HEART-TOUCHING SPIRITUALITY
Joseph L Young takes the musical traditions of the world and makes meaningful modern music to move your soul to a more relaxed and positive state. His primary instruments are a wide variety of ethnic flutes which gives his music a primal, earthy sound. His wide array of world flutes include Native American wood flutes, the Pueblo/Anasazi flute, Irish pennywhistle, Chinese xiao, the modern mathematical Phi flute, South and Central American clay drone flutes and others. He supplements those with traditional instruments from around the world including hammered dulcimer, udu drum, tin whistle, Chinese erhu and Celtic harp, but also modern instrumentation such as saxophone, synthesizer and the metal Moyo drum.

The music ranges from the ethereal, ambient “Wavelength” to the melodic pennywhistle flute-duet plus Celtic harp of “Shimmer.” Two Native American wood flutes show up on “Past Lives” and he double-tracks a saxophone and flute duet on “Entangled.”

Young’s exquisite melodies are brought forth with interweaving interplay between instruments and a sense of deep passion and feeling. Ethereum is truly world-fusion music, grounded in the past, created for today’s listeners and containing heart-touching spirituality.
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Joseph L Young is a world-flute master and keyboardist whose fourth album, Ethereum, is comprised of twelve beautiful compositions that showcase his multi-instrumentalist talents and keen ability to tap into the essence of music from various cultures. Among the instruments Joseph plays are Native American flutes, Chinese flutes, South and Central American clay drone flutes, Irish pennywhistle, and even Saxophone on one track. These exotic elements are deftly interwoven among indigenous percussion and atmospheric synthesizers, thereby lending an overall shamanic and trance-inducing quality to several of the compositions.

“Wavelength” opens the album with hazy tones and suspended chords that envelope a subtle flute melody. Serene and warmly-lit from the very first note, this piece brings images to mind that of an afternoon sunset casting its beautiful glow over a rocky desert terrain. The title piece, “Ethereum”, follows next with a native-style flute that seems to echo throughout a vast canyon. This hauntingly beautiful and slightly forbidding ambient flute piece is likewise accompanied by droning synths, rainstick sounds and washes of chimes, which seem to evoke a sacred semblance of channelling an ancient wisdom or unveiling of hidden secrets. The comparatively lighter and more gossamer “Shimmers” ensues with Celtic harp and Irish pennywhistle, a delicate piece that conveys a fairytale-like medieval or renaissance flair. Changing scenery once again, “Boundless” begins with a low rumble and slithering sounds that introduce native-style flute and reverberating, slow-paced percussion, as hypnotic vocal intonations are echoed among its cavernous ambient soundscape. It is followed by the notably intriguing “Illumination”, a radiant piece that evokes images of a watery cave illuminated by sunlight pouring through. Here, piano and flute exchange dual melodies among a backdrop of chimes, Udu drums and atmospheric synths. Exuding both Celtic and Chinese overtones, “Free” is another piece particularly worth noting, which features vocals by Lenise Redding who sings a bewitching and mystical melody. Concluding the album is the beautifully nocturnal “Sapphire Moon”, which is guided along by subtle percussion and occasional shooting star effects, as a chorus of flutes seem to gently serenade the moon.

Brushed by colorful hues of various cultures throughout, it’s easy to slip into a deep zone while listening to this album. I’m especially fond of the many echoing effects and intricate textures throughout these beautifully relaxing and soulfully rejuvenating passages. With similarities that could be drawn to works by Scott August and Al Jewer & Andy Mitran, Ethereum is a wholly rewarding excursion into ethno-ambient flute music!
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John Gass

A Beautiful Journey
I recently wrote to Joe and told him I wasn't sure which genre/playlist his music fit into for me....so I created a Joe Young playlist for all 4 of his CDs...problem solved. Every time I listen to Ethereum I discover more layers and subtleties, while staying grounded in a journey that feels exciting and familiar (comforting). Listen to the song "Shimmer" and you'll discover why Irish whistles exist (they seem to have been invented just for this song). And the refrain in the song keeps me grounded in a familiar (there's that word again) place that is breathtakingly beautiful. Listen to "Past Lives" and visualize the dance between the low and high flutes...weaving back and forth...supporting each other while keeping you grounded. Buy Ethereum...start listening...take the musical journey that your soul has been waiting for. You won't be disappointed.
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