Today Orphaned Land's lead guitarist and composer Yossi Sassi has quit the band. The band has commented that the band will continue to do shows for the upcoming year and will be writing new material. As for Yossi, he has been focusing on this new solo album 'Desert Butterflies' since 2012.
Kobi Farhi on behalf of the band has released this statement:
We never had a main composer or a mastermind in the band, Orphaned Land was always an adventure in which all members are partners in the writing process and in the shaping of the band's concept, therefore Orphaned Land will always be an idea, a concept, a whole which is larger than the sum of its parts. We are planning and will soon announce many shows for 2014 as well as write new material for our next albums. With endless love, Let there be light.
Yossi has followed up with this statement:
I never thought that someday I'll write these words... yet if there's something stronger than our past - it is our future, and our dreams, as we evolve and understand what is right for us in the path ahead. You know I always strive to be creative, innovative, compose the next authentic thing, and devoted my life to fuse and mix together the East and West, Acoustic with Electric, Rock with Folk traditional music, all with authenticity and full heart.