Joseph L. Young composed his first song at age eleven, continued with classical training on saxophone, then fell in love with the Native American style flute when he composed his first flute song before he even owned the instrument. As a versatile and gifted multi-instrumentalist, Joe combines the ancient with the contemporary to create music which reaches beyond the boundaries typically expected in the new age and world music genres. Holding the belief that art should have no restrictions, his eclectic compositions intertwine a diversity of world flutes, saxophones, voice, a wind synthesizer, keyboard and various percussion and string instruments into eloquent musical experiences. His songs have been hailed as healing, inspiring and beautifully haunting, transporting the listener on a personal journey to other worlds.
Joe's innovative talent and passion for his art are especially evident during his engaging live performances. On stage, he captivates audiences nationwide with his creative versatility on specialty world flutes such as the Pueblo (Anasazi) flute, Chinese xiao, Irish pennywhistle, Slovakian fujara and Chinese hulusi, as well as his professional command of the saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone) and Native American style flutes. In addition to solo headlining at festivals across the Nation, Joe also performs locally around Boise, Idaho as a soloist on world flutes and sax, and with Thee Corvids (flutes, sax, percussion and vocals), The Restless Souls Band (sax and flutes), The David McT R&B Trio (sax), Smooth Avenue (sax), and previously with Beltane (percussion and flutes) and Mobius Trip (sax).
Joe shares his expertise through private lessons and group instruction at flute schools throughout the Country. With subjects ranging from beginning to advanced flute, to embellishment, improvisation, musical communication, stage craft, showmanship and inspiration, students of all abilities find Joe to be a patient, gracious, motivating and knowledgeable teacher.
In addition to being a talented composer, dynamic improvisational musician, lifelong performer and favored instructor, Joe is also a professional sound engineer and an accomplished recording artist with three self-produced CDs to his credit: “Pathways”, “Face the Wind”, and “Life Spring”, a collaboration with Idaho Dance Theater which explores the many aspects of water. In his free time, Joe enjoys camping, hiking, and is trying his hand at ukulele.
Joe's home studio in Boise, Idaho, where he composes, mixes and produces music.
He also has a large studio where he records audio for other musicians.
Want to see Joe Young in your city?
Joe Young's performances and workshops are made available when people like you want him to appear in your area for house concerts, at community centers and other local venues, for charitable events or at places of worship, and during fairs and festivals.