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Primordial Sonics

by David Vito Gregoli

Ambient Aboriginal Groove Fusion = An unusual & innovative meshing of hypnotic dance beats, didjeridu, guitars, sitars, percussion. Lose yourself in the chill grooves of eclectic instrumentation designed to carry you back to humanity's primal roots.
Genre: New Age: Ethnic Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rag Klem
7:47 album only
2. All Sentient Beings
8:35 album only
3. San Tour Cisco
6:29 album only
4. Prayer to Kuan Yin
6:56 album only
5. Voodoo Vito
6:39 album only
6. Ravi Rangoon
9:04 album only
7. Big Sky Mind
13:34 album only


Album Notes
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.



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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
David Vito Gregoli's latest album is a melting pot of sounds from around the globe, truly making it a genuine work of world music. He calls it ambient aboriginal groove fusion, and that's exactly what it is.

Indigenous instruments such as Australian Aboriginal didjeridu, sitar, tabla, Persian santoor, Indian tambora, Indian bansuri flute, and Egyptian Ney flute come together with bass, percussion, and keyboards and synthesizers to forge a hypnotic hybrid that sounds very much like instrumental rock by way of India, Australia, and the Middle East.

Helping to bring Gregoli's musical vision to life are didjeridu virtuoso Stephen Kent, Yoga chanteuse Donna De Lory, flautists Suzanne Teng and Manose, and late percussionist Geoffrey Gordon and late bassist Bob Birch, the latter two to whom the CD is dedicated.

This is one of the best world music albums I have ever listened to, and it's a global musical journey worth taking.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
David Vito Gregoli’s "Primordial Sonics" is just about as far from a solo piano recording as we can go, but that’s mentioned purely as a point of reference. Variety is truly a spice of life, and this album provides very generous helpings of spice AND variety! The press release invites with: “Lose yourself in the chill grooves of eclectic instrumentation designed to carry you back to humanity’s primal roots. Innovative and surprisingly infectious, 'Primoridal Sonics' is Ambient Aboriginal Groove Fusion - Indian, Australian, and Middle Eastern sounds infused with modern rhythms.” That should give you an idea of why I was intrigued even before hearing the music! Destined for mainstream radio it isn’t, but it was never intended to be. Gregoli founded Dharmapala Records and Da Vigi music in 2000 as a way to give new sounds, songwriters, bands, etc. a voice in this age of musical homogenization as well as to provide a vehicle for his own very diverse music. With a degree in Classical Guitar and years of experience in many, many genres of music, Gregoli is clearly obsessed with musical experimentation. The seven tracks on Primordial Sonics were used or slated for use in other projects, but Gregoli added instrumentation and rhythmic elements as well as collaborating with didjeridu virtuoso Stephen Kent for this recording. Other contributing artists are Yoga chanteuse Donna De Lory, flautists Suzanne Teng and Manose, and, posthumously, percussionist Geoffrey Gordon and bassist Bob Birch.

"Primordial Sonics" begins with “Rag Klem,” a piece that I’m told was based on the folk song, “Oh My Darling, Clementine.” I have tried, and I don’t hear that melody at all, but what a fascinating concept! The original arrangement was a guitar/sitar piece and then Gregoli added drum groove, funky bass, Indian tambora, and Australian didjeridu for a truly world mix. “All Sentient Beings” began as a flute-dominated track for an abandoned film on Burma. Gregoli transposed one of the didj tracks down “an obscene amount,” giving the piece a very other-worldly feel. The infectious percussion and rhythmic groove send this one soaring, but the jaw-dropping didj solo that begins at about the 6 1/2 minute mark is not to be missed! I love “Prayer for Kuan Yin,” a slower, more graceful piece composed in 2009 during some of the worst fires in Los Angeles history. Gentle vocals and haunting flute backed with bass, didj, and drum grooves paint a peaceful picture in greens and blues. “Voodoo Vito” was composed as a cue for a voodoo vampire film. This track combines two versions that merge to become a hair-raising musical adventure - or misadventure - as well as a lot of fun. “Big Sky Mind” was named for a book on the 1950’s Buddhist-influenced Beat poets and clocks in at more than 13 1/2 minutes. While hanging out at Stephen Kent’s studio one day, Gregoli started a drum loop with a didj track, hit “record,” and began running around the room playing almost every instrument in the studio. While that sounds chaotic, the drone of the didj and rhythmic drum loop hold the piece together through the various instrumental changes. It’s quite a tour de force and clearly demonstrates Gregoli’s incredible musicianship and versatility.

If you’re in the mood for music that is very different and an artist who is a true original, check out "Primordial Sonics."


The music was both relaxing and invigorating. I enjoy listening to it in the morning while commuting to work to energize me for the day ahead and on the return commute to help relax the day's tension away. Love every minute of the CD. Thanks Vito. When can I get more of this?

Arun Shenoy

A work of art
I have to admit this is quite an incredible record. I absolutely love David's infectious bass and drum grooves on the record which gets very trippy and keeps you hooked. And his deep understand of traditional Indian Music is evident in the usage of beautifully recorded sounds from the rich lexicon of string instruments such as the tanpura, santoor, sitar, esraj ; and others such as flutes, tablas etc. Highly recommend this album for anyone looking for an Indian Styled World Music/ New Age Record with crossover influences from traditional popular music.


Cool Global Fusion from down under & beyond
I was surprised how much I liked this CD! I heard samples on the artists' site, and it was such a unique combination of world instruments. I'd never heard a didgeridu before, but it has this very cool native sound, and with the flutes, sitar and other instruments put together with rhythmic grooves, I found myself feeling upbeat and wanting to hear more. It's really very catchy and fun--and soothing at the same time. Worth the price for sure.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music & Media Focus
In recent years, musical adventurers are experimenting with all sorts of hybrids and ethno-sonic fusions. One of these explorers is multi-instrumentalist/ composer David Vito Gregoli, known to his friends and fans as “Vito.” He describes his latest recording, “Primordial Sonics” as: “Ambient Aboriginal Groove Fusion — Indian, Australian and Middle Eastern sounds infused with modern rhythms.” The sun rises in the East on the opening song, entitled “Rag Klem,” with the drone of tamboura setting the stage for sitar and bansuri flute to weave their exotic spell. As the piece progresses, Indian tabla drums join with contemporary beats, electric bass, and didgeridoo to create a foot tapping mid-tempo groove. The next track “All Sentient Beings,” begins with the Aboriginal ambiance of the didgeridoo, although not quite like you’ve heard it before. Vito transposed it down quite a bit to give it an exceptionally primordial sound. The didgeridoo is played by Stephen Kent, a master of the instrument, who is known for his own music as well as his collaborations with Steve Roach. According to Vito, “If there is one constant in “Primordial Sonics,” it is the didgeridoo, which weaves a unifying dreamtime motif throughout the project.”

Another world-class musician who graces the album on a song called “Prayer For Kuan Yin” is devotional singer Donna De Lory, who previously performed with Madonna. A haunting melody by flautist Suzanne Teng gives wings to the prayer, which floats over a landscape of didgeridoo and electronic drum groove, with Vito’s bass playing holding down the bottom. One of the highlights of the album for me is the closing track, “Big Sky Mind,” which Vito calls the “opus grande of the project.” The track is an interesting blend of performance piece and studio production, which showcases Vito’s considerable instrumental skills. “Primordial Sonics” is a multi-cultural mélange full of rhythm and textural surprises.

To read a full length feature article on this CD, and others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Thomas Tallis

Simply Beautiful
Whenever I listen to Primordial Sonics (everyday since I purchased the CD) by the end of the CD I feel like I've traveled the world without leaving my home. It's relaxing and exciting at the same time, like a fun vacation. Its also very inspirational. Multi-Instrumentalist / producer David Vito Gregoli did a fantastic job with this CD in all aspects, can't wait for his next project.


Unique and wonderful
An absolutely amazing sounding recording...can't wait to spend more time with it!
I felt like I was going into a trance state and yet makes me want to get up and dance!
Everyone needs to take some time with this one...thank you for sharing such beautiful heart felt music

Donna LeClair

Synchronization Dance
Rarely does an artist’s synchronization dance so intimately with those tranquil places guarded so deeply by one’s heart, and empower such imprints as Vito’s ‘Primordial Sonics’. He is truly an artist whose vibration enhances one’s ability to lose themselves and birth an awakening transpired by a single melody of sight, sound, and imagination simply … knowing.


Primordial Sonics carries you away
We have the CD version of this, slightly different than the download, but my hubby and I love this album. Not many albums can stimulate mental clarity as well as relaxation. Each time you listen, you discover something new. He takes instruments from all around the world and creates such flowing yet rhythmic sounds... Wonderful. Besides, we are suckers for didgeridoos.