From the Shadow of the Citadel
FROM ONLINE BIO AT OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Sytek and Davies is a Fusion-Folk music duet with albums full of compelling original material to their credit and a sound that at times harkens back to the late 60's experimental/folk-rock revolution. Their music has been referred to as 'utterly captivating mythological symbolism'...(Glen Rowe, Toronto Music Promoter). With the combination of aggressive flute-work, the unusual melodic structure of their original songs, acoustic guitar, tablas, recorders and hammered dulcimer, the sound is eclectic and fresh. With their philosophical, poetic and spiritual approach to music Sytek and Davies are charting new territory. Background: In the early 1980's before teaming up with Jane, Rick was regularly performing the clubs and colleges of the Midwest United States. In early 1984 the couple began working together drawing on Jane's classical flute background, bridging folk, rock, and experimental jazz and crafting their own distinctive sound. Their 1994 release of Spindrift and Wood, which featured many semi-classical nods, garnered press internationally. Their new CD, entitled From the Shadow of the Citadel, features violin/viola player Bruce Dauser, and Bob Hiddema on bass guitar. In the most recent years Rick and Jane have been involved as child advocates in their successful and high profile legal battle to protect a small child in the couple's home state of Michigan; a battle that drew the attention of the Governor, State Attorney General's Office, and the Michigan Legislature. The case brought significant media attention to the plight of abused and neglected children, and helped to revamp Michigan's child protection laws. With this case behind them, Sytek and Davies were able to take the time to finish this long overdue CD and are looking forward to extensive touring, promotional appearances, and also continuing their advocacy for disadvantaged kids.