Sketches in Time
Sotiw: The start of a new music era- Native American flute taken where it has never gone before. With elements of New Age, Eclectic, World, and fusion Jazz. It's music for the world we don't see- music which comes from a spiritual place; a musical manifestation based around "sketches of the inner world," presented by two talented musicians who write together instinctually. With a depth of creativity stemming from 20 years of working together- a unique fluidity and equal virtuosity. With set melodies and improvisational guitar chops, a strong solidarity which attracted Brian Lucey, recorded The California Guitar Trio, performed professional mixing and mastering on this project. Michael Joseph, known for tapping into a diverse sound and culture, implemented in past release O-Glepi; is influenced by Pan American roots and the songs of his grandfathers, Joseph's flute offers a tranquil homage to the past; Performed with both warm and energetic, melting tone of Native American flute supported and anchored by a truly talented, complex, acoustic guitar accompaniment. Derek Mortland, whose life was changed due to a paralyzing semi-pro motorcycle accident in 1997; not only relearned guitar but broke through new musical barriers, as written about in Columbus Dispatch, March 2001; Since has performed in festivals around the world through the Artists with Disabilities Network, and grown in ways which seldom occurs without this ability to look at life from a different perspective. Michael Joseph and Derek Mortland were brought together musically through under-promoted talented bands of a metal music past. Kept together by both spiritual and musical challenges with odd time signatures, key changes, and jazz fusion based guitar; Together work to bridge the conscious realm with the unconscious and ethereal, in the form of relief- to explore a musical world with no boundaries.