About the artist:
Lose yourself in the chill grooves of eclectic instrumentation designed to carry you back to humanity's primal roots.
Innovative and surprisingly 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 an Odyssey Theatre production in L.A., Vito added a hip-hop drum loop and bass track, and then blended in an Indian tambora with Australian Aborignal didjeridu.
Vito is clearly obsessed with musical experimentation. An early soundscape version of "Ravi Rangoon" came from a documentary about Burma. "For this CD, I changed it up by adding a cool drum/bass groove, with sitar as the lead," relates Vito. "For contrast, I sampled in a haunting Indian bansuri flute, topped off with an Egyptian Ney flute for a husky, trance-like signature." And, of course – some didjeridu!
If there's one constant in Primordial Sonics, it is the didjeridu which weaves a unifying, dreamtime motif throughout the project. "I was inspired by the instrument's 'primordial energy'," recalls Vito. "For Primordial Sonics, I compiled various scoring pieces I'd done for theater, TV and film that share a musical mood: ambient global that is upbeat yet calming. That's the foundation. Next I turned to didjeridu virtuoso Stephen Kent (Steve Roach), a frequent collaborator and good friend, and the fun began!"
Also contributing their special talents are Yoga chanteuse Donna De Lory (Madonna); flautists Suzanne Teng (Babatundi Olatunji , Mystic Journey) and Manose (Deva Premal); and posthumously, percussionist Geoffrey Gordon (Robbie Robertson, Jai Uttal) and bassist Bob Birch (Elton John) – to whom this CD is dedicated.
Produced by David Vito Gregoli
Hypnotic and yet profoundly energizing, Primordial Sonics taps into the listener's imagination with joyful, free-spirited fluidity.