Sun Shadows is a globally recognized award winning world fusion group. Inspired by many musical interests, Sun Shadows fuses contemporary instruments, global native instruments and world musical themes to create their own essence of World Fusion music. Founding members David Martinka and David Cree Tregenza began the Sun Shadows journey back in 2007 after a meeting through mutual friend Dan DeClark owner of Legends of Time in Milford MI. A quick friendship was formed of which soon after the frame work for Sun Shadows heart and soul was in place. “We just had this vibe or creative vision together when it came to creating music” says Martinka. Sun Shadows is currently working on their 3rd studio album.
Will Tregenza is a versatile drummer with many years of experience. From rock to pop, jazz, fusion, praise worship, country and many eclectic variations. This gave Will the ability to share his talent in a variety of venues such as theaters, bars, dance clubs and churches. Will grew up playing music with fellow Sun Shadows member Brian Bates and his brother Co-founder David Tregenza, so it was natural for Will to join Sun Shadows as he now living in Michigan. “The Sun Shadows band is another new challenge with a unique and talented group of guys and I am looking forward to giving 110% to future projects.”
Boe Bvshpolawa Glasschild a proud member of the great Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Boe was born in the sprawling deserts of west Texas. Boe grew up in a multicultural household that embraced music as both parents were musicians. After studying music composition at the University of Texas El Paso, the urge to perform has been a journey to all three coasts. As an electric bassist, Boe has performed jazz, show tunes, musical theatre, tours and dinner theaters as well as professional arrangements. His residency in southern California allowed Boe to perform in every venue of note in the Hollywood music industry. In addition to being a bassist, Boe also plays djembe drums, percussion, and vocals.
Brian Bates joined Sun Shadows in the fall of 2009 and is an award winning musician bringing his musical talents, production and sound engineering talents to the group. Brian's favorite instrument of choice is the keys (piano, electronic keyboards). He also plays acoustic, electric, bass guitars, and currently teaches students those instruments as well as music theory for which he studied in college. “He is a perfect fix with us. “ Brian has been a lifelong friend and we have been creating music together for years,” says Tregenza.
David Cree Tregenza is a multi talented award winning musician and the foundation of the Sun Shadows sound. He incorporates the congas, bongos, native hide drum, and djembe into many of Sun Shadows songs. David plays many different Native American made flutes, the alto, soprano, tenor saxophones and dabbles with the bass guitar, piano, keyboards, ukulele, just to name a few. His solo album Chaoha showcased David’s talents as a musician, producer and sound engineer.
John Sarantos is a multi-award-winning musician and one of the nation’s pre-eminent Native American flute instructors. With a continuous grant from Stellar Flutes, he has gifted over 350 flutes to war veterans and inmates across the United States. He has also been instrumental in starting several national flute circles, and continues to advise them. John joined Sun Shadows in 2008 and was in interracial part of their second studio album, “Journey to the Sun.” For the past five years, John has pursued the art of sound healing and music meditation for the wellness of others. John Sarantos returns in 2019 to incorporate his knowledge of sound healing and music meditation to the Sun Shadows’ Sound.
David Martinka as founding father of Sun Shadows is an accomplished award winning musician who brings his musical, production and sound engineering talents to Sun Shadows. David Martinka has received several award nominations for his solo work Legends of Time and Native Slovak, which showcased his true artistic expression deep within his heart and soul. Says fellow member Tregenza, “I love so much to hear David's beautiful sound coming from his native Fujara's, it’s unreal and awesome, he's an inspiration to me." When asked about what it’s like fusing everyone’s talents into Sun Shadows Martinka added this, “We help each other stay humble, grounded and don’t take ourselves too serious. This helps us focus on the creation of the music.”