Composer and lyricist, singer and guitarist, Mathew Joseph, from the coastal state of Kerala in the south west of India, brings to the stage of World Music his new 2006 CD release "Eclectia", a mosaic collection of instrumentals and songs spanning many different styles of music. Written, arranged, performed, produced, recorded and mixed by Mathew, the album is also graced by special guest performances from David Estes, Robert Smith and Joy Barnum.
Firefly - his first album released in 2004- was a reflection of his experiences with the magic and mystery of his homeland, and of his many travels in the high Himalayas.
Mathew was a finalist in the International Songwriting competition 2004 and in the U.K Songwriting contest 2005 in the Instrumental category with the track "Kaliyug". Mathew scored and performed the music for Waterspout theatre's 2005 production of Shakespeare's The Tempest at the historic Fort Hamilton in Bermuda.
Excerpts from the Royal Gazette review
by Ron Lightbourne
Eclectia lives up to its name
- worth hearing many times over.
-the sounds of this album, the lyrics (try and get the words from ‘Between my eyes" out of your head once you’ve heard them), the gentle whimsy and sense of other spheres that pervade this album are