NOMINATED FOR OWM AWARD NEW AGE ALBUM OF THE YEAR, ZMR BEST CHILL/GROOVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR and ZMR BEST WORLD ALBUM OF THE YEAR
TOP 25 AIRPLAY for 2013
Innovative and irresistibly infectious, Primordial Sonics is Ambient Aboriginal Groove Fusion — Indian, Australian and Middle Eastern sounds infused with modern rhythms. In this tour de force of global and stylistic diversity, multi-instrumentalist/composer David Vito Gregoli cleverly layers Western beats over ethnic instruments like didjeridu, sitar, tabla and Persian santoor in tracks that both soothe and move.
With expertise spanning many years and genres from rock to classical, “Vito” is known for expressing the fine nuances of musicality. His hallmark is imbuing each of his compositions with textural surprises, a technique on full display in Primordial Sonics.
One example is “Rag Klem,” a riff on the American folk classic “My Darling Clementine.” Originally composed for the theater, Vito popped in a hip-hop rhythm track, blended with Indian tambora and didjeridu.
Lose yourself in the chill grooves of eclectic instrumentation designed to carry you back to humanity’s primal roots.
Vito is clearly obsessed with musical experimentation. “ I wrote ‘Ravi Rangoon’” a while back for a documentary about Burma,” he relates. “For this CD, I added a cool drum/bass groove with sitar as the lead. The dance of a haunting Indian bansuri flute and an Egyptian Ney flute create a husky, trance-like signature.” And of course, some didjeridu!
This Australian Aboriginal instrument weaves a unifying, dreamtime motif throughout the project. “I was inspired by its ‘primordial energy’,” recalls Vito. “For Primordial Sonics, I compiled various scoring pieces I’d done that share a musical mood: ambient global that’s upbeat yet calming. Next I turned to didjeridu virtuoso Stephen Kent (Steve Roach, Baraka Moon), a frequent collaborator and good friend, and the fun began!”
Kent is well known for his virtuosity and humor, as well as his world music radio show on KPFA.
Also contributing their special talents are Yoga chanteuse Donna De Lory (Madonna) and flautist Suzanne Teng (Mystic Journey) who perform on the haunting “Prayer for Kuan Yin”; flautist Manose (Deva Premal) – and posthumously, percussionist Geoffrey Gordon (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das) and bassist Bob Birch (Elton John) – both to whom this CD is dedicated. Both good friends who are very much missed.
Produced & Recorded by David Vito Gregoli
“A funkalicious heady miasma of grooves, beats, and World fusion fireworks…” — Bill Binkelman, Zone Music Reporter
“…a tour de force that clearly demonstrates Gregoli’s incredible musicianship and versatility.” — Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com
“Primordial Sonics is a musical feat that takes you across many cultures and continents…David Vito Gregoli has found that textural element that holds it all together.” –- Dana Wright, MusikReviews.com
Hypnotic and yet profoundly energizing, Primordial Sonics taps into the listener’s imagination with joyful, free-spirited fluidity.