2018 repress. On the leading edge of NYC’s underground music scene, 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.
Taking their label name from Vito Ricci’s only LP, Music From Memory brings together a compilation of works by one of the unsung heroes of New York’s downtown music scene. Starting out as a percussionist, Ricci’s early musical journey led him to improvised and experimental jazz; working alongside such luminary musicians as Rashied Ali, Byard Lancaster, Peter Zummo and Yousef Yancey.
Quickly becoming involved in the avant-garde scene with spoken word performances, film scores for independent movies and even playing in punk bands with performances at venues such as CBGB’s and Mudd Club, Vito’s own compositions drew on all of these influences whilst channeling them through his experiments with synthesizers and drum computers.
Drawing comparisons with New York’s downtown No-Ã‚Âwave scene Vito’s compositions blend his unique use of intricate percussion with a wide sphere of musical influences to create a world of hypnotising ambient, meditative minimal-synth through to dubbed out electronic funk and even left-Ã‚Âfield boogie. With most of Vito Ricci’s music remaining previously unreleased, Music From Memory’s compilation ‘I Was Crossing A Bridge’ unveils Vito Ricci’s unique and visionary take on electronic music
"The expert archivists at Music From Memory took the name of their label from a 1985 album by percussionist Vito Ricci, a figure whose varied history with players from Rashied Ali to Peter Zummo made him a singular figure in NYC music history. This collection of his recordings presents Ricci’s meditative, minimal take on electronic music, some of the most hypnotic documents of the downtown era. David Keenan said: “An aural narcotic, selfadministered, the recording has the feel of samizdat ecstasy, of a private psychedelic reel.” TheWire Best Albums of 2015
Vito Ricci would like to dedicate this compilation to Jonathan Mann and give special thanks to Susan Mosakowski, Matthew Maguire and Creation Co.
Music From Memory would like to give special thanks to Gary Abugan and Brandon Horuca.