Thank you to all the wonderful radio DJ’s @ KCRW for supporting my album Illumanado.
Electronic musician & two-time GRAMMY Nominee Producer-Remixer & Recording Artist Carmen Rizzo has had a very eclectic career. From writing, engineering & programming on Seal’s classic Seal 2 album to producing, & writing Paul Oakenfold’s Bunka album, remixing BT, Tiesto, collaborating with Tuvan Throat singers Huun Huur Tu, to co founding the ground breaking World Music act Niyaz. Carmen is also a frequent fixture on album credits working with artist such as Coldplay, Alanis Morissette, KD Lang, Ryuichi Sakamoto to Pete Townshend to mention a few…read more
Thanks for the lovely review Blissful Beats !
There are probably just a handful of producers whose talent is able to stretch to multiple areas, and do so with remarkable ease. Carmen Rizzo is one of those rare talents. A composer, producer, remixer, DJ and engineer (at least…) able to reach into different areas where his skill and unique musical taste has graced all the way from world music, to electronica, film music, television, and collaborations with world-class acts of the likes of Coldplay, Seal, AR Rahman, Khaled, Michael Nyman, Pete Townsend and many more; and of course, all of this along with his own music releases.
The latest one, a sixth delivery titled “Illumanado”, the double Grammy-nominee proves he remains at the top of his skill, now managing to deliver a chillaxing six-track EP with plenty of ambient influence, that brings the somewhat predictable sound of ambient music, into dream-inviting spheres of sound, which include long time collaborator Jamie Muhoaberac, and recordings made at the Republic of Buryatia, in Siberia.
Along with the ever-classy creations he brings, the EP features two tracks in collaboration with Nicodemus in “How I Feel” a track where the smooth vocals of Cody Mauser bring such a sophisticated vibe, and the also amazing “The Source”, both stunning tracks that leave you well-hooked you into this 26-minute EP.
The musical journey goes on with more beautiful sounds in tracks such as “Drifting into You”, and the unique “Torn Under the Quiet Whisper”, a stunning track featuring piano and unique instrumentation of oriental-feel, all before going upbeat with “Promised for Saturday” to close the album.
For those well acquainted with Rizzo’s work, it is a safe assumption that a work featuring his name will be a listen-worthy venture, and “Illumanado” does not disappoint. A unique listening experience, able to drift your imagination into another world. Ambient lovers are definitely in for a treat with this EP.
Just came across this lovely review of my album from a cool street wear music label in NYC.
I’m going to write a lengthier article in the near future about how I’m afraid that as I get older, I’ll start listening to less hip-hop, and more calming music like classical and reggae and ambient. I’m 26 years old and the newest EP from ambient artist Carmen Rizzo is the only CD getting any use in my car.
The six songs take you to a spot that you haven’t visited, where people can fly and spells are cast under full moon nights.
The EP opens with rainfall. It continues throughout.
Only two guests appear inside the 27 minutes: Vocalist Cody Mauser who opens the EP with a chilling verse, and producer Nicodxvms who adds additional layers to the cinematic “The Source.” Nicodxmvs gave us the fantastic “Fall From Grace” single for our instrumental compilation and he’s been continuing to work on his craft.
Another track worth mentioning is “Juniper.” Before I became fully familiar with this EP, I always had to check my iTunes or Soundcloud to see what was playing whenever “Juniper” began to play. It would always force me to stop doing whatever it is I do in the depths of the internet, and glance up for a second, just to know that what I’m grooving to is a track called “Juniper”, an instrumental that sounds like something Kanye once considered rhyming over.
The entire EP (Rizzo’s sixth) is a forward-thinking, relaxing piece from a two-time Grammy nominee and all around eclectic artist. Seriously, his Soundcloud profile is one of the more interesting reads. Here are some of the noteworthy credits:
*Engineering for Seal
*Producing and writing for Paul Oakenfold
*Working alongside Coldplay, Dido, and Alanis Morissette
*Hanging out with Moby
Given the above credits, Illumanado is closest to Moby. It’s ambient and it’s soothing (there’s a song called “Torn Under the Quiet Whisper”) and it’s something that will damn near force you to use your imagination and escape to a faraway spot that you’ve only ever seen in your dreams.
I will be doing a music production master class again this year at NAMM this Friday @ 3 in the Hot Zone upstairs @ the Anaheim convention center. Last year was standing room only, so please come early. The class is only one hour long. I will be showing some of the new Native Instruments software & hardware in my workflow.
Happy to announce my new EP “Illumanado” is now out on Electrofone Music. It is now available only on Itunes. More digital outlets coming soon. No physical will be made. This is album is very ambient & intimate and like my other albums have I feel an interesting story of collaborations. I was lucky to find this un discovered artist called Nicodxmvs online & quickly became a huge fan of his work and colaberated on two songs with him who then turned me on to Cody Mauser who sang on one song “How I Feel”. Long time collaborator Jamie Muhoaberac of course added his magic on the album. While I was Siberia a few summers ago while performing at a festival in The Republic of Buryatia, I did some recording & writing with some amazing musicians there. Hope you all enjoy these songs, I am very proud of this album.
I had the honor to perform for a 4th time @ Grand Performances, this time w/ Ukraine’s finest DakhaBrakha. I completely forgot I we performed last summer at a festival in Siberia “Voice of Nomads” International Music Festival. Rolling Stone magazine called them the break out band @ Bonaroo music festival this year.
My new EP is coming along nicely very lush sounding…happy to be collaborating with my boy @nicodxmvs on a few tracks as well as my longtime friend collaborator Jamie Muhoberac. Will preview some new songs at my Sept 5th in LA @ Grand Performances and will post some music soon.
A recent article I just did for the great website Audiofanzine interview by the great Mike Levine.
This is the band I will be opening up for in LA @ Grand Performances- Sept 5th. Ukrainian folkdrone Björkpunk quartet Dakhabrakha. There blowing up says Rolling Stone Magazine!
Thank you for who ever did this, very very cool! Here is the article.