Siyotanka is a soul-stirring and fascinating musical journey by Michael Brant DeMaria. This album has deeply affected me with its energy and sincerity...”
- Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com
"Michael Brant DeMaria has created a precious work, with sounds full of beauty and spirit helping us believe in ourselves while reconciling us with the natural world around us."
- Roberto Vales, A Ultima Fronteira (Translated from Spain)
"Michael's flute work on this engaging CD will hold your ears in the spell he's able to weave without doubt..Intimate, introspective and revealing are the best words I can use to describe what he does through his flute on Siyotanka! I give this one a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, and note that we hope to hear much more from Dr. DeMaria."
- Improvijazzation Nation
"DeMaria doesn't just string together notes or progressions; he grabs hold of the listener and tells a story in phrases and notes that speak to more than just the ears. The introspective moments are full of quiet beauty, and the more cinematic moments are reminiscent of the sort of scoring you might hear in a movie like "The Last Of The Mohicans" or "Dances With Wolves". Siyotanka is a thing of beauty."
- Wildy's World
"Siyotanka is a concept album for Native American Flute that's like a parallel version of "Peter and the Wolf".. You can enjoy a different kind of world beat journey here that will offer your ears a delightfully different listening experience."
- Midwest Record
“Siyotanka has an elegiac feel, that undeniable aura of being lost in time and space…This album also functions well as a highly atmospheric soundscape and a relaxing way to wind down at the end of the day…this one racks amongst the best.”
- Borderland Music Watch – UK (England)
“Michael Brant DeMaria…has managed to create a masterpiece with his effort SIYOTANKA. From the very moment that one listens to the first track from the CD, he/she is embarking on an endless journey of discovery. No matter what type of bad day one has had, this CD will take you away to a quiet solace of happiness. The final verdict is that this is a wonderful CD full of magical and surprises. I give SIYOTANKA a perfect A+.”
- New Music Spotlight February Edition
“DeMaria never missteps throughout the entirety of Siyotanka - every track is worthwhile and presents another mesmerizing step in the musical interpretation of Takoda’s quest.
- Bill Binkelman, New Age Reporter