mathew joseph

mathew joseph

BandWorldAcoustic

Acoustic guitar driven eclectic world music - a blissful blend of western songwriting and Indian music - a magic carpet ride on a finely woven tapestry of sound.

Biography

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.

Lyrics

Sruthi Laya Thalam

Written By: Mathew Joseph

VIBRATIONS , I FEEL VIBRATIONS
AND I THINK I’VE LOVED YOU IN A LONG GONE LIFE
NEED I MENTION THIS IS RE-INCARNATION
AND I THINK I’M HEARING THE SAME OLD MAGIC RHYME
SEE THE BOW VIBRATING AND THE STRINGS OSCILLATING
------ -- THE VIOLIN CRIES
NOW I REALIZE WE’RE ONE OF A KIND
TRAVELLING IN TIME
PLAYING OUR MIME
TUNE OF RAGTIME

DRAWN TO YOUR EYES LIKE A MOTH TO A FIRE
I AM DROWNING IN A WHIRLPOOL OF DARK NIGHT
AND IN PARADISE I OPEN MY EYES AND HEAR THE BELLS CHIME YOU'’ll BE AT MY SIDE
TRAVELLING IN TIME
PLAYING OUR MIME
TUNE OF RAGTIME

VIBRATIONS , I FEEL VIBRATIONS, TO THE HEADY BEAT OF A HEAVENLY TUNE
SURREAL INVENTION, A DREAM IN THREE DIMENSION
CAN IT BE THE HEAVENLY WEAVER’S MAGIC LOOM
SRUTHI LAYA THALAM, ADI NRITHAM ADI RAGAM
-------THE ANGELS CRY
NOW I REALIZE---

Notes

A song of love,
of re-incarnation,
of transcendence,
of union

Sruthi : intonation

Laya : tempo

Thalam : rhythm

Adi Nritham : the primal dance

Adi Ragam : the primal song

© Copyright 2004 Mathew Joseph - All Rights Reserved

Lay Down

Written By: Mathew Joseph

LAY DOWN, LAY DOWN, THEM AK-47’S
DIDN’T YOU HEAR NOW, HEAR NOW, THE CLOCK HAS STRUCK ELEVEN
I SAY TRUE LOVE, TRUE LOVE, SHOULD BE OUR ONLY WEAPON
I SAY TRUE LOVE, TRUE LOVE, SHOULD BE OUR ONLY WEAPON
WON’T YOU LAY DOWN, LAY DOWN THEM AK-47’S
DIDN’T YOU HEAR NOW, HEAR NOW, THE CLOCK HAS STRUCK ELEVEN

MANY CRYING IN SRI LANKA NOW
MANY WEEPING IN RED CHINA
MANY DYING IN AFRICA NOW
MANY WAILING IN AFGHANISTAN
MANY DYING IN FALLUJAH

Notes

The hour glass runs through,

the smoke swirls to the skies-

Man knows not whether

nor when, nor why

© Copyright 2004 Mathew Joseph - All Rights Reserved

The Grandmaster

Written By: Mathew Joseph

MY BEAUTIFUL ONE
YOU CANNOT UNDO WHAT YOU’VE DONE
THE TIME HAS COME
AND NOW YOU MUST BEGIN TO RUN

I MADE YOU IN MY IMAGE
MAJESTIC AND BOLD
BUT YOU’VE COMMITTED SACRILEGE
TARNISHED MY GOLD

MY BEAUTIFUL ONE
YOU CANNOT UNDO WHAT YOU’VE DONE
YOU’VE DESTROYED THE SUN
AND NOW YOU MUST BEGIN TO RUN

WISE MEN ARE SCREAMING
THE WORLD WE MUST SAVE
AND SAINTS THEY ARE TURNING IN
FORGOTTEN OLD GRAVES
AND PREACHERS ARE PREACHING
WE WILL BE SAVED
BUT TIME IS NOW DYING
WE MUST BE BRAVE

THE SKY TURNING CRIMSON
TO GREET THE DAWN
THE GRANDMASTER MOVES UP HIS
FINAL PAWN
WITH THE BLAST OF THE BUGLE AND THE
BLARE OF THE HORN
WE STAND HERE IN AWE OF THAT
SACRED MORN

Notes

A lament, a warning

a prayer, a plea-

the End game now

for all to see

© Copyright 2004 Mathew Joseph - All Rights Reserved

Discography

Firefly - 2004, Eclectia -2006 : Mathew Joseph,
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Set List

Two hour list with roughly three quarters of the set being original material from the Firefly and Eclectia albums ; covers including traditional Indian songs, reggae, spirituals and classical guitar.