Vito Ricci :: A unique sonic cosmos



I am not sure if anyone can resist on Vito Ricci’s music. It’s love on the first sound, even if it is described as experimental or avant-garde, genres that often fill doubts the prospective listeners, fearing that it hides heavy academicism.

Started out his musical education with people like Ursula Mamlok, Eleanor Cory, Ornette Coleman and Joel Grossel. Quickly involved into the avant-garde scene with spoken word performances and film scores for independent movies. He even played in punk bands with performances at venues such as CBGB’s and Mudd Club. His musical journey led him to improvisation and experimental jazz, working alongside great musicians such as Byard Lancaster, Rashied Ali, Youssef Yancey, Peter Zummo, Bob Holman, Martin Goldray and others.

Vito Ricci produced only a handful of self-released cassettes and one LP between 1983 – 1985 with most of his work being recorded for experimental theatre and performance art pieces.

His instinct and creativity made him a vital and prolific composer of illuminating and compelling works

His instinct and creativity made him a vital and prolific composer of illuminating and compelling works. Infused with poignancy and honesty, his music has the power to linger in the listener’s memory. Ricci’s unique use of intricate percussion with a wide world of sonic influences created a sphere of hypnotizing ambient, meditative minimal synth, dubbed out electronic funk and even leftfield boogie.
An unsung hero of electronic and ambient music scene.